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Congressman and DNR support federal funding for nature areas

Brad Williams

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Congress is helping people around the country preserve and restore public lands, including wildlife refuges. 

La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind has voted for a bill to establish permanent funding for refuges such as those which exist in Wisconsin and on the Mississippi. 

Kind says money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund will be available to each county in Wisconsin, “so they can invest in these green projects, in parks, in campgrounds, in ball parks, hiking and biking trails that we’re blessed with throughout the region.”

Wisconsin DNR secretary Preston Cole joined Kind on a Zoom conference with area media on Friday. 

Cole says Wisconsin parks benefitted from being open this year when parks in surrounding states were shut down because of the coronavirus, because people traveled from Illinois and other states to visit the Badger State.    

Cole calls Kind a “champion” of the effort to preserve wild areas for use by the general public.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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