Wis. board to discuss stewardship changes

Wisconsin NR Board to discuss state budget's stewardship changes

The state Department of Natural Resources’ board is set to discuss a multitude of changes to the agency’s stewardship program this week.

The stewardship program authorizes the DNR to borrow money for land purchases, boat landing repair, property development and grants to conservancy organizations. Republicans have been critical of the program, saying it’s running up massive debt.

The state budget Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed in June reduced the program’s borrowing authorization by millions of dollars. The spending plan also prohibits the DNR from buying any land outside existing project boundaries and directs the agency to sell 10,000 acres by mid-2017.

The Natural Resources Board is expected to discuss the ramifications at a meeting Wednesday in Baraboo.