What the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Did Recently For Wisconsin Sportsmen and Women:
1. Leading efforts to convince Congress not to sell or transfer National Forests, Parks and Fish and Wildlife refuges.
2. Successfully opposed state legislation to remove protection from over a million acres of wetlands that provide important fish and wildlife habitat.
3. Successfully opposed legislation that would largely remove the authority to enforce fish and wildlife laws on private lands in Wisconsin
4. Strongly supports the Stewardship Fund and opposd efforts to defund it.
5. Working hard to pass legislation to remove the wolf from the Federal Endangered Species list.
6. Supported efforts to pass state laws for a trapper mentoring program
7. Strongly support efforts to increase funding for the Department of Natural Resources and restore critically needed staff to the agency.
8. Screened DNR’s mandated sale of 10,000 acres of public land to insure that it did not affect valuable land to hunters and angler.
9. Successfully fought a State Budget proposal that would make the Natural Resources Board only an advisory group.
10. Working with Kids and Mentors Outdoors to increase the number of hunting and fishing mentor programs in Wisconsin.
11. Worked with other groups to pass the Hunting Mentorship law and the Hunter Recruitment and Retention law.
12. Worked with other groups to pass the Concealed Carry law.
13. Successfully filed an appeal to open roads closed by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Hundreds of miles of roads opened up as a result.
14. Worked successfully with Southeastern WI area field trialers to restore adequate field trialing at Bong Recreational Area. Worked with the Wisconsin Trappers Association to successfully reform wild fur possession and sale statutes (green fur bill)
15. Successfully drafted and passed a bill streamlining laws for wetland restoration projects which will net Wisconsin millions of dollars to restore wetlands.
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Youth Conservation Education Programs
1. Established a long-term endowment to maintain school-based environmental education at the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center in Poynette.
2. Created a Wisconsin Conservation Leadership Program for high school and college students to develop a new generation of conservation leaders.
3. Provides grants to organizations holding outdoor skill classes related to hunting, fishing and trapping.
4. Provides staff field biologists for nine Wisconsin schools to have weekly outdoor conservation learning experiences.
5. Sponsors eleven annual scholarships to the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources for future fish and wildlife managers, foresters and wardens.
6. Sponsors youth scholarships for conservation summer camp.
7. Furnishes free of charge fully equipped educational trunks for schools and camps (K-12) for whooping cranes, bears, wolves and small mammals.