Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Scott Walker's dismantling of DNR gets some informed pushback

5 former DNR secretaries slam effort to divide agency.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 1/11/2017)
The former secretaries said splitting up the agency would:
  • Create problems preventing pollution, fostering wildlife habitat for hunting and fishing, protecting endangered species, overseeing logging operations, and managing state parks and natural areas.
  • Make it more difficult to respond to pollution that causes fish kills and to clean-water standards if wildlife managers who stock streams are split off into a separate organization from water quality regulators.
  • Undermine joint efforts by the forestry division and wildlife managers to carve more productive hunting grounds out of the mature forests of northern Wisconsin.
  • Result in forest management decisions being made in four separate state agencies instead of the current arrangement in which the forestry division does that work for parks as well as fishery, wildlife and natural areas.

Related posts:
Cathy Stepp's holiday gift to Wisconsin: An end to climate change.   (1/2/2017)
UPDATE. In so many words, Cathy Stepp sez these boots are made for walkin' all over you, Kewaunee County.  (12/16/2016)
UPDATE. New Year's resolution: Kewaunee County voters just don't get it.  (12/16/2016)
Ach du lieber! WI DNR head(case) Cathy Stepp compares environmental regulation to flippin' burgers.  (6/22/2016)
Scott Walker abides -- in his own fashion.  (6/21/2016)
CYA time: Wisconsin DNR board members shocked! shocked! about state's lack of enforcement.  (6/15/2016)
The public trust betrayed: Scott Walker's chamber of commerce agenda for Wisconsin's environment.  (6/11/2016)
Update:  Dear Rob, This is what happens when you run government like a business.   (6/5/2016)
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources takes an environmental violations holiday.  (5/19/2016)

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