When Scott Walker appointed home-builder and former State GOP Sen. Cathy Stepp to run the Department of Natural Resources, he was installing one of the agency's most rancorous critics at its helm.
Her appointment despite - - or perhaps because of the the anti-DNR venom she'd posted on a right-wing blog:
...people who go to work for the DNR's land, waste, and water bureaus tend to be anti-development, anti-transportation, and pro-garter snakes, karner blue butterflies, etc...This is in their nature; their make-up and DNA. So, since they're unelected bureaucrats who have only their cubicle walls to bounce ideas off of, they tend to come up with some pretty outrageous stuff that those of us in the real world have to contend with.Oh, the "outrageous stuff" those wacky DNR people do!.
More about that in a few paragraph after we return to her hated Karner Blue butterfly - - which, by the way is being celebrated at a festival this weekend in Black River Falls. Talk about outrageous!
But if irony is a dish best served warm, a big carryout order is being delivered piping hot to Stepp's office because the big, bad federal government us sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to Stepp's agency to acquire habitat protection for certain species - - including - - oh, no! - - the Karner Blue butterfly, says the final item in this Journal Sentinel posting:
"The state Department of Natural Resources has been granted $759,000 by the federal government to acquire up to 1,500 acres in Adams County in central Wisconsin to help in the restoration of the endangered Kirtland's warbler, as well as the Karner blue butterfly and associated barrens species.
"The money gives the state the opportunity to purchase lands outright or to acquire conservation easements to ensure protection of the targeted species' habitat. The acquisition is part of a bigger project to protect more than 9,100 contiguous acres in the central part of the state."