County Conservationists Ask Joint Finance Committee To Restore Their Funding
County Conservationists Ask Joint Finance Committee To Restore Their Funding.
County conservation officials are calling on lawmakers to restore funding aimed at helping them work with farmers to reduce water pollution.
Scott Walker’s budget proposal provides $8 million for the state’s 72 county conservation offices.
"What is at stake is the 80 year Wisconsin tradition of public – private partnerships to protect land and water resources," he said.
"That is the legend of John Muir, Aldo Leopold and the vast majority of Wisconsin citizens."
Dunn County Conservationist Dan Prestebak testified that he’d like to see funding restored to $9.3 million, the level set in the 2011-2013 state budget.
"We see our list of impaired waters growing.
More than 100 people attended Wednesday’s Joint Finance Committee Hearing.
Other prominent issues brought up during the day testimony included calls to maintain Gov.
Prides, protection and parks: Africa’s protected areas can support four times as many lions
Prides, protection and parks: Africa’s protected areas can support four times as many lions.
Africa’s protected parks and reserves are capable of supporting three to four times as many wild lions if well funded and managed, according to a new report led by Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization.
Published in Biological Conservation, the study shows that populations of the African lion and its prey species are drastically below their natural potential inside most of Africa’s protected areas (PA).
Panthera Research Associate and Wildlife Conservation Network Conservation Initiatives Director, Dr. Peter Lindsey, shared, "Africa’s incredible protected areas hold the key to securing the future of lions and several other wildlife species, and can yield significant benefits for people.
African governments have set aside enough space to conserve lions effectively — we just need to find ways to enable those areas to be funded sufficiently and managed effectively.
Panthera and partner scientists found that adequate management budgets and management capacity are essential pre-requisites for successfully conserving lions in PAs, as they permit effective law enforcement and other critical conservation initiatives.
Today, sub-Saharan Africa’s tourism industry, supported by dozens of parks and reserves, is valued at $25 billion dollars, compared to the $20 billion a year illegal wildlife trade that is increasingly targeting Africa’s big cats and wildlife for their precious parts.
However, for Africa’s vast PA network to fulfill its potential for conserving lions and other species, there is an urgent need to greatly escalate funding and capacity to effectively manage those parks.
ScienceDaily, 21 February 2017.