Conservation On Tap – August

Join us at Genna’s Lounge on 105 W Main St for conservation happy hour! Conservation On Tap is a chance to network with other conservation practitioners, learn about conservation in WI, and get tapped into conservation opportunities!

NOTE the time change from regular Conservation On Tap events! We hope that more folks will be able to join us at the slightly later time.

Conservation Field Trip

Schedule:
8:30am – meet up for carpool from Madison
9:30am-11:30am – Tour of the International Crane Foundation
11:30am-12:00pm – lunch at the International Crane Foundation
12:00pm-12:30 – Drive to Aldo Leopold Foundation
12:30pm-2:00pm – Tour of Aldo Leopold Foundation Shack and Farm
2:00-3:00 – return to Madison

Carpool:
If you would like to carpool, please email wisconbio@gmail.com by Monday, July 10th.

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Conservation On Tap – May

Conservation On Tap is coming up Thursday! Join us for a conservation happy hour.

Conservation on Tap is hosted every third Thursday of the month. Are you interested in Wisconsin conservation efforts? Curious about how to make a environmental difference? Conservation On Tap is for you! Come to socialize about Wisconsin conservation over a Wisconsin beer!

Conservation On Tap is an opportunity for conservation enthusiasts to connect across agencies and fields, for young professionals to network and get tapped into greater conservation efforts, and for non-professional conservation practitioners to get engaged. Come and chat, hope to see you there! #ConservationBuzz

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Be An Advocate for WI Public Forestry Funding

Oppose the Proposed Elimination of the Forestry Mill Tax

Wisconsin has one of the most diverse collections of forest types in the country if not the world. In our state the southern and eastern deciduous forests converge with northern conifer to form natural communities that are unique to our state and the upper Midwest. In Wisconsin, we have over 16 million acres of forests, which is 46% of the land. Meaning if you could walk every inch of our beautiful state, half of your steps would be in the shade.

However, this year Wisconsin forests are facing an enormous threat and it’s not a borer, wilt, or algid; in fact, it is something much more devastating. The Governor’s current budget proposal removes the forestry mill tax and eliminates nearly all state mandated funding for forestry management. This essential tax is leveed equally upon all landowners to support sustainable forestry throughout the state. It funds nearly every state sponsored forestry program in some way and is our main line of defense against the overuse of our excellent timber resource. In fact, the tax was put in place in 1927 after unchecked logging removed every single marketable tree from the state. Think about that… every single tree.

This is not a matter of politics. Wisconsin residents and visitors all directly rely on the forest in some way; whether it is for food, water, lumber, recreation, tourism, the list goes on. However, it is also not about just about how we use these forests, because whether it is an oak in the Driftless Area, a pine the Central Sands, or maple in the Northwoods, these trees are part of our identity. And this is the only state tax that assures our forest identity will remain intact for future generations.

Eliminating the mill tax is the modern day equivalent of allowing the lumber barons to clearcut our forests. This is especially true with recent developments of federal tariffs imposed on trade of softwood with Canada. Local forest markets will undoubtedly increase as Wisconsin softwood timber market is historically low despite being the top paper producing state. This is a good thing for many communities, but if left unchecked can also result in the conversion of our mature forests to pure production bases systems and the loss of many natural services. History has shown we cannot solely rely on the industry to police its self (…every single tree).

Fortunately we can make a difference. The Governor only proposes the budget, it us up to our Legislators to pass it. In April the Joint Finance Committee received public input on the mill tax and numerous state organizations spoke out against its elimination. These groups ranged from the Forest Stewards Guild (FSG Mill Tax Letter) to the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council (WPFC Mill Tax Letter).

Now is the time to for you to act. Call your local representatives today and let them know your concern about elimination of the forestry mill tax. This tax has been on the books for nearly 100 years and made Wisconsin’s private forest resource the strongest in the country. So it’s elimination as a budget item is already a contentious topic among lawmakers.  If enough senators and representatives hear from concerned citizens about this topic, it would be an easy item to change on the Capitol floor in June. So please contact your representatives today and help save our forests!

Sugar River Wetlands Workday – April 22nd

Join WSCB as we assist the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association (USRWA) restore the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area. We will be cutting and piling invasive species like honeysuckle and buckthorn. Celebrate Earth Day by promoting native vegetation! Volunteers and work leaders will gather where Epic Lane and County View Road meet in Verona, overlooking the Epic Systems campus to the east and the Military Ridge State Trail to the west. An approximate address is 2517 Country View Road, Verona, WI 53593. Google Map. 

Please RSVP in advance so that we can arrange carpools from downtown.

Contact Yasi at wisconbio@gmail.com to RSVP.

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Upcoming Event: Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearing

Don’t miss your chance to participate in this year’s annual Conservation Congress Spring Hearing on Monday April 10th. This is your opportunity to elect local delegate representatives for the Conservation Congress which advises the Natural Resources Board and the Department of Natural Resources on how to responsibly manage Wisconsin’s natural resources. You’ll also have the chance to provide input on fish and wildlife regulations and introduce new resolutions. Visit the DNR website for more information on hearing locations by county and to download this year’s questionnaire. The questionnaire summarizes resolution procedure and has a comprehensive list of all of the proposed changes to rules and regulations. Your vote counts!

Call for Secretary – due March 24th!

We have an immediate opening on our board of directors for the role of Secretary.  The Secretary provides a critical communications role in our mission to foster collaborative relationships and advance the science and practice of conservation in Wisconsin. This board member takes the lead writing and posting content for WSCB social media platforms, updating our website, and writing and compiling content for our monthly member newsletter.

To apply, send a letter of interest to wisconbio@gmail.com by Friday, March 24th. We welcome questions about the position at the above email and look forward to connecting with you.

WSCB board members serve for a one-year term, and these are volunteer positions.  Board members must be SCB Global members. To read more about specific roles and responsibilities, please see here https://wisconbio.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/wscb-board-of-directors-roles-and-responsibilities1.pdf

Call for applications to the WSCB Board of Directors!

Do you have a passion to serve and make a difference in conservation? You can make a lasting impact on our Wisconsin Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology and give back to Wisconsin’s conservation community by joining our board of directors.

Letters of interest should be sent to wisconbio (at) gmail.com by December 1st.

Serving on the WSCB Board of Directors allows you to help further our strategic mission of fostering collaborative relationships among conservation researchers, professionals and students in Wisconsin, and advance the science and practice of conservation in our state. As a board member, you make important decisions about our finances, communications, events and initiatives, and engagement in statewide and local conservation policy.

Board members are required to attend six meetings each year, attend chapter events, plan at least two events, workshops, panels, trainings, initiatives, etc. each year, and advertise WSCB events within their own conservation networks. Please see here for more information on specific roles and responsibilities.

Board members will submit a letter of interest and are voted in by SCB global members of the Wisconsin Chapter during our annual meeting on December 7th. Once elected, board members will select positions (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, conservation committee chair, policy chair) amongst themselves.

Please submit your letter of interest as soon as possible and no later than December 1st. The term for the 2017 board of directors begins January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017.

To submit your nomination, or to request additional information, please email the current Board of Directors at wisconbio@gmail.com.