DNR Category Archive


  • Scott Walker Signs Law Changing Managed Forest Program

    Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation on Thursday that will allow landowners to keep the public from using more of their forest property while still receiving a break on their property tax. Senate...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/14/2018
  • Scott Walker Signs Law Changing Managed Forest Program

    Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation on Thursday that will allow landowners to keep the public from using more of their forest property while still receiving a break on their property tax. Senate...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/14/2018
  • Wisconsin DNR’s New Legal Counsel Backed Looser Environmental Rules

    Governor Walker's administration has now put an anti-environmental zealot and a hired gun as the chief legal counsel tasked with protecting our clean air.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/30/2017
  • DNR Magazine Saved, Walker to Get Property Tax Cut

    Handing Gov. Scott Walker a victory as a prepares for a likely re-election bid next year, Republican leaders of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee said Wednesday they will go along with his $180...

    Associated Press, 05/31/2017
  • Wisconsin Gov. Walker Takes Aim at DNR Magazine, Subscribers Erupt

    Twenty years of back issues in Jim Stroschein’s attic attest to his love of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ magazine. Since 1919, the publication has featured stories and photos highlighting Wisconsin’s...

    Chicago Tribune, 04/09/2017
  • DNR’s Cathy Stepp Defends Her Record on Climate Change and Pollution

    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources secretary Cathy Stepp defended her agency’s record on climate change and environmental protection during a legislative hearing Thursday on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-19 budget. The department...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/30/2017
  • Wisconsin Lawmakers Push Department of Natural Resources Chief to Keep Popular Magazine

    Republican and Democratic lawmakers say they are fielding an onslaught of complaints about plans by the Department of Natural Resources to pull the plug on its venerable natural resources magazine. … At...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/30/2017
  • Public Criticized DNR, Scott Walker Over Climate Change Scrub

    Dozens of callers blamed Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who appointed the top executives at the DNR after taking office in 2011. “You should stand for science and truth, and the truth is...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/04/2017
  • Wisconsin DNR Plans to Swap Land With Walker Donor

    The state Department of Natural Resources plans to give one of Gov. Scott Walker’s key donors a lakefront parcel in a land swap. The agency had planned to sell Elizabeth Uihlein 1.75...

    WMTV-TV, 07/18/2016
  • Lead-poisoned Water Targeted by New Wisconsin DNR Loans

    Nearly 1,400 water systems serving 3.6 million Americans exceeded federal lead standards at least once since Jan. 1, 2013, an Associated Press analysis of U.S. EPA records recently found. In Wisconsin, 64...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/27/2016
  • Polluter Penalties Drop 78%

    Financial penalties for violations of Wisconsin environmental laws fell sharply in 2015 to their lowest level in at least a decade. Data released by a conservation organization show forfeitures paid by individuals...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/19/2016
  • Gov. Walker Calls for Changes in Deer Wasting Disease Plan

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker announced a series of changes in Wisconsin’s chronic wasting disease plan Friday, calling for more studies and guidelines for the deer farm industry but rejecting suggestions to resume...

    La Crosse Tribune, 05/13/2016
  • Scott Walker Signs Wetlands Bill

    Gov. Scott Walker signed wide-ranging legislation on Tuesday that makes changes in regulations of wetlands and navigable waters that supporters say will benefit waterfront property owners. Walker signed Senate Bill 459, which...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/26/2016
  • Walker Signs Bills Rolling Back Protections for State Water Supply, Waterways

    The governor signed a bill allowing farmers, food processors, frac sand mine operators and other operators of high-capacity wells to replace them without a state review of how the wells are affecting...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/01/2016
  • Walker Policies Cited As Factor in Increase Rise of EPA Polluted Water Listings in Wisconsin

    The proposed EPA Impaired Waters List for 2016 in Wisconsin contains 1,694 listings, more than double the 761 approved for the list in 2004.The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has recommended...

    Green Bay Press-Gazette, 02/24/2016
  • Walker Halts State Work on Clean Power Plan

    Citing last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday ordered state agencies not to do any work to prepare for federal climate change regulations that would...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/15/2016
  • Walker Appointees at Department of Natural Resources Considered Disciplining Employee for Releasing Public Records

    Political appointees of the Department of Natural Resources discussed disciplining an employee after she provided public records to a Sheboygan County citizens group fighting plans by the Kohler Co. for a golf...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/13/2016
  • Major Walker Donor Seeks Special Treatment From State Environmental Protection Agency

    Business executive Richard E. Uihlein has continued to press his case to move a massive floating bog away from his property on the Chippewa Flowage in a meeting involving state, federal and...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/05/2016
  • Madison Advocacy Group Files Complaint Over DNR’s Handling of Open Records Requests

    The board’s decision drew little notice when it was made in August. But it came under scrutiny last month after Walker’s administration cited it to explain why it had no records on file in response to requests from the Wisconsin State Journal and liberal group One Wisconsin Now.

    Racine Journal Times, 01/27/2016
  • Bill Would Permit Closing All Tax-subsidized Land, More Cutting of State Forests

    The bill would further restrict authority of DNR foresters to limit timber cuts that would unnecessarily harm wildlife habitat or foul waterways with erosion. The 2015-17 budget signed by Gov. Scott Walker...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/09/2015
  • Ex-DNR Officials Complain About Enforcement Under Walker

    The DNR has come under fire from Democrats and environmentalists under Gov. Scott Walker. Officials have said they are enforcing regulations but also trying to reduce unnecessary costs and red tape by...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/07/2015
  • Failure at the Faucet: Safe, Clean Drinking Water Eludes Many Wisconsinite

    In 2011, the EPA identified 75 failings in the DNR’s enforcement of the state’s wastewater pollution permit program. Last month, after the residents’ petition was filed, the state agency announced it is...

    Capital Times, 11/08/2015
  • Group Asks EPA to Step Up Oversight of State DNR

    In a teleconference, the group said that budget cutting, retirements and actions by the Legislature have effectively curbed the power of the DNR. The EPA said it is monitoring the efforts of...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/20/2015
  • Scott Walker, Legislature Altering Wisconsin’s Way of Protecting Natural Resources

    “Governor Walker believes it’s possible to protect our clean air, clean land, and clean water while enacting policies that improve our business climate and spur economic growth,” Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 10/04/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Environmental Issues

    When Gov. Scott Walker has taken action on environmental issues, it has been to the detriment of environmental protections and sustainability efforts.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2015