23.0955(2)(a)3. 3. The corporation has a board of directors whose members represent, to the greatest extent practicable, all geographic areas of the state and that has a majority of members who are representatives of nonprofit conservation organizations.
23.0955(2)(a)4. 4. The corporation contributes $25,000 in funds to be used with the grant under this subsection.
23.0955(2)(am) (am) Beginning in fiscal year 1997-98, the department may provide an annual grant to a nonstock, nonprofit corporation that meets all of the qualifications under par. (a).
23.0955(2)(b) (b) A corporation receiving a grant under this subsection shall do all of the following, but shall emphasize the activities described in subds. 1. and 2.:
23.0955(2)(b)1. 1. Assist in the establishment of nonprofit conservation organizations.
23.0955(2)(b)2. 2. Provide technical assistance to nonprofit conservation organizations, especially in the areas of management, receiving federal tax exemptions, conservation easements and real estate transactions.
23.0955(2)(b)2m. 2m. Assist nonprofit conservation organizations in acquiring property for conservation purposes and in managing property acquired for conservation purposes.
23.0955(2)(b)3. 3. Conduct conferences on the topics specified in subd. 2.
23.0955(2)(b)4. 4. Acquire a property for conservation purposes where no other nonprofit conservation organization exists that is willing to assist or capable of effectively assisting in the transfer of the property or that can adequately manage the property after it is acquired.
23.0955(2)(b)5. 5. For each fiscal year, prepare a report detailing the activities for which a grant under this section was expended, describing any property acquired by the corporation and explaining how the acquisition of that property furthers the goal of conservation in the state. Copies of the report shall be submitted to the department and to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2).
23.0955(3) (3)
23.0955(3)(a)(a) During the period beginning on January 1, 2004, and ending on July 1, 2004, the department shall submit a comprehensive report describing the cost of, and accomplishments achieved by, activities funded with grants under this section, commencing with the grants provided in the 1999-2000 fiscal year. The report shall evaluate all of the following:
23.0955(3)(a)1. 1. How grants under this section have furthered the goal of encouraging private resource conservation.
23.0955(3)(a)2. 2. The extent to which grants under this section complement the resource conservation goals of the department.
23.0955(3)(b) (b) The report shall contain a recommendation to the legislature on whether the grant program under this section should be continued, eliminated or revised.
23.0955(3)(c) (c) The report shall be distributed to the speaker of the assembly and the president of the senate under s. 13.172 (3).
23.0955 History History: 1993 a. 343 ss. 17, 19; 1995 a. 459; 1999 a. 9.
23.0956 23.0956 Assistance for private conservation activities.
23.0956(1)(1) From the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (aw), the department shall provide one grant of $85,000 in each fiscal year, beginning with fiscal year 2000-01, to a nonstock, nonprofit corporation that is described under section 501 (c) (3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code and organized in this state if the corporation meets all of the following requirements:
23.0956(1)(a) (a) The corporation is exempt from taxation under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
23.0956(1)(b) (b) The corporation was created to accept and to utilize private contributions made to protect and enhance the state's natural resources.
23.0956(2) (2) A corporation receiving a grant under sub. (1) shall use the grant to do all of the following:
23.0956(2)(a) (a) Encourage private corporations and other private entities to undertake activities, including the contribution of money, that encourage management and restoration of the state's endangered wild animals, wild plants and natural communities.
23.0956(2)(b) (b) Encourage private corporations and other private entities to engage in land management practices that protect and preserve natural resources.
23.0956(2)(c) (c) Provide grants to nonprofit and other groups to encourage education, restoration and management activities to enhance the state's natural resources.
23.0956 History History: 1999 a. 9.
23.0957 23.0957 Annual grants to a nonstock, nonprofit corporation; urban land conservation.
23.0957(1) (1) In this section:
23.0957(1)(a) (a) "Local governmental unit" has the meaning given in s. 23.09 (19) (a) 2.
23.0957(1)(b) (b) "Interested group" means a community group, nonprofit organization or local governmental unit that is interested in acquiring urban land for urban forestry protection, water resource management, conservation, recreation or other urban open space purposes.
23.0957(2) (2)Recipient requirements. The department shall provide one grant of $75,000 in each fiscal year, to a nonstock, nonprofit corporation that meets all of the following requirements:
23.0957(2)(a) (a) The corporation is organized in this state.
23.0957(2)(b) (b) The corporation is described under section 501 (c) (3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code and exempt from taxation under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
23.0957(2)(c) (c) The corporation has a board of directors or an advisory council or both with members who represent one or more urban or urbanizing areas and who collectively have an interest or expertise in all of the following:
23.0957(2)(c)1. 1. Nonprofit organizations.
23.0957(2)(c)2. 2. Business.
23.0957(2)(c)3. 3. Social services.
23.0957(2)(c)4. 4. Land development.
23.0957(2)(c)5. 5. Architecture.
23.0957(2)(c)6. 6. Landscape architecture.
23.0957(2)(c)7. 7. Conservation.
23.0957(2)(d) (d) The corporation contributes $25,000 in funds annually to be used with the grant under this subsection.
23.0957(3) (3) A corporation receiving a grant under sub. (2) may use the grant for urban forest protection, water resource enhancement or other urban open space objectives and shall do all of the following with the grant:
23.0957(3)(a) (a) Provide to interested groups technical assistance, especially in the areas of urban open space real estate transactions, reclaiming and restoring the natural values of urban parks, urban forests and open space areas, designing and constructing amenities in open space areas, cultivating citizen participation in acquiring, developing and maintaining open space areas and securing public financing for open space areas.
23.0957(3)(b) (b) Conduct conferences on the topics listed in par. (a).
23.0957(3)(c) (c) Assist community groups, nonprofit organizations and local governmental units in acquiring urban property for open space purposes and in restoring urban property acquired for conservation, recreation and other open space purposes.
23.0957(3)(d) (d) For each fiscal year, prepare a report detailing the activities for which a grant under sub. (2) is expended. Copies of the report shall be submitted to the department and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature, as determined by the speaker of the assembly and the president of the senate.
23.0957(4) (4) A corporation receiving a grant under sub. (2) may acquire urban property for conservation, recreation and other open space purposes.
23.0957 History History: 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16.
23.096 23.096 Grants to nonprofit conservation organizations.
23.096(1)(1) In this section:
23.096(1)(ag) (ag) "Nonprofit conservation organization" has the meaning given in s. 23.0955 (1).
23.096(1)(b) (b) "Property" means land or an interest in land.
23.096(2) (2)
23.096(2)(a)(a) The department may award grants from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) or (tz) to nonprofit conservation organizations to acquire property for all of the purposes described in ss. 23.09 (2) (d) 1. to 7., 9., 11., 12. and 15., (19), (20) and (20m), 23.092, 23.094, 23.17, 23.175, 23.27, 23.29, 23.293, 30.24 and 30.277.
23.096(2)(b) (b) Except as provided in sub. (2m), a grant awarded under this section may not exceed 50% of the acquisition costs of the property.
23.096(2m) (2m) Notwithstanding sub. (2) (b), in each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2010-11 and ending with fiscal year 2019-20, the department may award grants under this section that equal up to 75 percent of the acquisition costs of the property if the natural resources board determines that all of the following apply:
23.096(2m)(a) (a) That the property is uniquely valuable in conserving the natural resources of the state.
23.096(2m)(b) (b) That delaying or deferring the acquisition until 50 percent of the acquisition costs are procured by the nonprofit conservation organization is not reasonably possible.
23.096(2m)(c) (c) That sufficient bonding authority remains in the amount set aside under s. 23.0917 (3) (br) for that fiscal year after awarding grants to nonprofit conservation organizations that meet the matching requirement under sub. (2) (b).
23.096(3) (3) In order to receive a grant under this section, the nonprofit conservation organization shall enter into a contract with the department that contains all of the following provisions:
23.096(3)(a) (a) Standards for the management of the property to be acquired.
23.096(3)(b) (b) A prohibition against using the property to be acquired as security for any debt unless the department approves the incurring of the debt.
23.096(3)(bn) (bn) A prohibition against property acquired in fee simple being closed to the public unless the department determines it is necessary to protect wild animals, plants or other natural features.
23.096(3)(c) (c) A clause that any subsequent sale or transfer of the property to be acquired is subject to subs. (4) and (5).
23.096(4) (4)
23.096(4)(a)(a) The nonprofit conservation organization may subsequently sell or transfer the acquired property to a 3rd party other than a creditor of the organization if all of the following apply:
23.096(4)(a)1. 1. The department approves the subsequent sale or transfer.
23.096(4)(a)2. 2. The party to whom the property is sold or transferred enters into a new contract with the department that contains the provisions under sub. (3).
23.096(4)(b) (b) The nonprofit conservation organization may subsequently sell or transfer the acquired property to satisfy a debt or other obligation if the department approves the sale or transfer.
23.096(5) (5) If the nonprofit conservation organization violates any essential provision of the contract, title to the acquired property shall vest in the state.
23.096(6) (6) The instrument conveying the property to the nonprofit conservation organization shall state the interest of the state under sub. (5). The contract entered into under sub. (3) and the instrument of conveyance shall be recorded in the office of the register of deeds of each county in which the property is located.
23.0962 23.0962 Grant to a nonprofit conservation organization for Black Point Estate.
23.0962(1) (1) If the department of administration acquires as a gift the property, known as Black Point Estate, that is located on Lake Geneva in the county of Walworth, town of Linn, in fractional Sec. 8, T. 1 N., R. 17 E., and if the joint committee on finance approves the gift under s. 20.907 (1), the department of natural resources shall make a grant of $1,800,000, from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (cq), to a nonprofit conservation organization that meets all of the following requirements:
23.0962(1)(a) (a) The nonprofit conservation organization is a nonprofit corporation, a charitable trust or other nonprofit association that is described in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is exempt from federal tax under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
23.0962(1)(b) (b) The nonprofit conservation organization has, as its primary purpose, the preservation of the property known as Black Point Estate.
23.0962(1)(c) (c) The nonprofit conservation organization has a board of directors that consists of representatives of the state, of the family who donated Black Point Estate to the state, of local units of government that have an interest in Black Point Estate and of civic organizations that have an interest in Black Point Estate.
23.0962(1)(d) (d) The nonprofit conservation organization acquires a conservation easement in the property, the terms of which are subject to approval of the department of natural resources, to be held by the organization for the purpose of preserving Black Point Estate.
23.0962(1)(e) (e) The nonprofit conservation organization makes a commitment, with guarantees determined to be adequate by the department of natural resources, to use the grant under this section and any additional funds donated to the organization to fund an endowment for the operation and maintenance of Black Point Estate.
23.0962(2) (2) If the nonprofit conservation organization does not use the grant under this section in the manner required under sub. (1) (e), the nonprofit conservation organization shall reimburse the department in an amount equal to the grant.
23.0962(3) (3)
23.0962(3)(a)(a) In this subsection:
23.0962(3)(a)1. 1. "Local governmental unit" means county or town.
23.0962(3)(a)2. 2. "Special zoning permission" has the meaning given in s. 59.69 (15) (g).
23.0962(3)(b) (b) Notwithstanding s. 18.04 (1) and (2), the building commission may authorize public debt to be contracted, and the department may make a grant from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (cq), for the property known as Black Point Estate only if all of the following apply:
23.0962(3)(b)1. 1. A substantially completed application for any necessary special zoning permission for the property has been submitted before December 1, 1999, to the applicable local governmental unit.
23.0962(3)(b)2. 2. The necessary special zoning permission, based on the application submitted before December 1, 1999, is granted.
23.0962 History History: 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Oct. 4, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Oct. 4, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-4-14)