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Patrick Durkin column: Stewardship debate gets specific, ugly

9:51 PM, May 25, 2013
Of the nearly 80,000 acres of land bordering 92 miles of the lower Wisconsin River below Prairie Du Sac, more than 44,000 acres are publicly owned. Wisconsin's Stewardship program acquired half of those public lands since 1990.
Of the nearly 80,000 acres of land bordering 92 miles of the lower Wisconsin River below Prairie Du Sac, more than 44,000 acres are publicly owned. Wisconsin's Stewardship program acquired half of those public lands since 1990.
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Wisconsin again is debating how much to spend each year to buy, lease and protect crucial lands for public use and conservation.

We should enjoy these little dust-ups over the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund while they last. After all, as philosophical differences go, Stewardship debates have been mostly polite the past 20-plus years. Yes, there's some dogma, hyperbole and general nonsense, but few folks get obnoxious about future budgeting while prospective public lands remain mostly faceless and unspecified.

Things will get ugly, however, when the Department of Natural Resources ...

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