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Wisconsin Wildlife Federation: Calls on the Natural Resources Board to "Keep the Promise" and Adopt Fully Protect Jobs Creation Act Rules
3/24/2004

Contact George Meyer, Executive Director, 608-516-5545

Prescott---Today the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, the state's largest conservation organization called on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board to adopt highly protective rules to implement Act 118, the so-called Jobs Creation Act of 2003 and to "Keep the Promise" of Governor Doyle and Legislative Leaders that the law would not lower protection for fish and wildlife habitat, natural scenic beauty and water quality in Wisconsin's valuable lakes and streams.

"DNR staff have recommended to the Board that they adopt a detailed set of emergency rules that restore many of the protective standards that were deleted from the statutes in Act 118, said Jerry Knuth, (Plover), President of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. "Hunters, anglers, trappers and other Wisconsin citizens are very interested in seeing that these rules are adopted to insure that fish and wildlife habitat, natural scenic beauty and water quality are not harmed because of the removal of protective standards in the actual language of Act 118."

"Governor Doyle, Majority Leader Panzer, Speaker Gard, Department of Administration Secretary Marotta and DNR Secretary Hassett have all assured the public repeatedly that the Jobs Creation Act of 2003 did not lower standards to protect our valuable lakes and streams and that the DNR rules would assure that this is the case", said George Meyer, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. "Now it is up to the Natural Resources Board 'To Keep the Promise' by adopting tough rules reinstating the standards protecting fish and wildlife habitat, natural scenic beauty and water quality."

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation is made up of eighty-four hunting, fishing and trapping organizations in Wisconsin and is the state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. The Federation is dedicated to conservation education and the advancement of sound conservation policies. For further information, contact George Meyer, Excutive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation at 608-516-5545.
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