WI Governor Signs The Stewardship Transparency Bill

On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed AB 48, the Stewardship Transparency Bill, into law.

AB 48 Signed Into Law

Seated: Governor Scott Walker. Standing: Scott and Kathy Maves (Hunters Rights Coalition), Ryan Augustine (Rep. Ott's office), Joe Koback (SCI Central President), Scott Meyer (WBHA Board Member), State Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon), Greg Kazmierski (Natural Resources Board Member), State Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn), Andy Pantzlaff (United Sportsmen of Wisconsin) Photo by Jay Salvo

From AB 48:

Current law authorizes the state to incur public debt for land conservation
activities under the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson Stewardship 2000 Program,
which is administered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In addition
to this stewardship program, the state was authorized to incur public debt for land
conservation activities under the original stewardship program that began in 1990
and ended in 2000. Under these programs, the state itself may acquire the land, or
interests in land, or DNR may award grants or other state aid to certain local
governmental units, the Kickapoo Reserve Management Board or other nonprofit
conservation organizations for land conservation activities.

This bill requires DNR to make available, for a fee, a written directory of all land
acquired under both stewardship programs (stewardship land) that is open to the
public. Also, DNR must make available a list of all stewardship land acquired before
October 27, 2007, for which public access has been prohibited or restricted and the
reasons for the prohibition or restriction. For stewardship land acquired on or after
that date, current law requires landowners to post signs that notify the public which
activities are permitted, restricted, and prohibited on the land. The directory and
list must be completed within two years after the bill becomes law.

Click here to see the full bill.

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