2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
March 10, 2011 - Introduced by Representatives J. Ott, Mursau, Stone, Ballweg,
Pridemore, Kestell, LeMahieu, Williams, Bies, Brooks, Strachota,
Petersen, Tiffany, Kerkman, Rivard, Steineke and Nerison, cosponsored by
Senators Kedzie, Moulton, Harsdorf, Galloway and Schultz. Referred to
Committee on Natural Resources.
1An Act to renumber
23.09165 (2); and to create
23.09165 (2) (bc) and 23.09165 2
(3) (ec) of the statutes; relating to: information about land acquired with
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law authorizes the state to incur public debt for land conservation
activities under the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson Stewardship 2000 Program,
which is administered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In addition
to this stewardship program, the state was authorized to incur public debt for land
conservation activities under the original stewardship program that began in 1990
and ended in 2000. Under these programs, the state itself may acquire the land, or
interests in land, or DNR may award grants or other state aid to certain local
governmental units, the Kickapoo Reserve Management Board or other nonprofit
conservation organizations for land conservation activities.
This bill requires DNR to make available, for a fee, a written directory of all land
acquired under both stewardship programs (stewardship land) that is open to the
public. Also, DNR must make available a list of all stewardship land acquired before
October 27, 2007, for which public access has been prohibited or restricted and the
reasons for the prohibition or restriction. For stewardship land acquired on or after
that date, current law requires landowners to post signs that notify the public which
activities are permitted, restricted, and prohibited on the land. The directory and
list must be completed within two years after the bill becomes law.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB48, s. 1
23.09165 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 23.09165 (2) (ac).
AB48, s. 2
23.09165 (2) (bc) of the statutes is created to read:
(bc) Within 24 months after the effective date of this paragraph 4
.... [LRB inserts date], the department shall make available to the public a written 5
directory of all stewardship land that is open for public access. The directory shall 6
be organized by county and town and shall clearly show the location of the 7
stewardship land and named or numbered roads. The directory shall be updated at 8
least every 2 years. The department may charge a fee for the directory, but the fee 9
may not exceed the cost of the publication of the directory. In lieu of the department 10
making available a written directory, the department may provide to the public at 11
the department's cost, a map, book, or written directory that meets the requirements 12
of this paragraph and that is published by a private entity.
AB48, s. 3
23.09165 (3) (ec) of the statutes is created to read:
(ec) Within 24 months after the effective date of this paragraph 15
.... [LRB inserts date], the department shall make available to the public a written 16
list of all stewardship land that was acquired before October 27, 2007, and for which 17
public access has been restricted or prohibited and the reasons for that action.