More than 300 elected officials in Wisconsin have signed a letter calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to protect public lands — in his home state and across the country.
The president's newest budget proposes a 90 percent reduction in the Land and Water Conservation Fund — a fund that Wisconsin relies heavily upon to maintain its public lands, according to a news release from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.
“Eliminating the LWCF would be a direct attack on local communities throughout Wisconsin and the state’s outdoor recreation industry,” Kerry Schumann, executive director, stated in the release. “Local elected officials understand the value of healthy parks and public lands. Speaker Paul Ryan must stand up against these attacks and work for Wisconsinites — not special interests.”
In Wisconsin, the LWCF has provided about $212 million to protect places such as the Ice Age Trail, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, St. Croix National Scenic River, and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
The letter urges Ryan to lead Congress in a pro-parks and public lands agenda, reauthorize the LWCF before it expires this year and to safeguard national monuments.
Copies of the letter were sent to Ryan’s office in Janesville and also hand delivered to his Washington D.C. office.
Read the letter and see the signers by clicking below…