Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Students' report on conservation funding garners news coverage

A report on Wisconsin conservation funding by La Follette School students in the Public Affairs Workshop received coverage by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 9.

The report recommends changes to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources revenue structure in response to a decline in the sale of hunting and fishing licenses.

More than 90 percent of Wisconsin's fish and wildlife conservation funding comes from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. The DNR expects license sales to continue to decline without a policy intervention.

The report, The Future of Wisconsin Conservation Funding: Alternatives and Options for Fishing and Hunting Licenses, recommends changes to the revenue structure to maintain participation in hunting and fishing, improve revenue expenditures and expand participation. The proposals seek to ensure a sustainable future for the state's conservation funding.

Ishmael Amarreh, Peter Braden, Stephanie Chase, Kimberly Farbota and Nathaniel Inglis Steinfeld prepared the report for the DNR as part of the spring 2012 Public Affairs Workshop taught by professor Karen Holden.

Journal Sentinel outdoors editor Paul Smith summarized the report and May 4 presentation in the article "DNR faces case of dwindling resources."