uman Powered Trails, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is: “To develop and maintain first class sustainable and environmentally correct, human-powered, shared use trails for the La Crosse, WI region."
|NR 52 Stewardship Update|
|Written by Gene Roberts|
|Monday, 15 March 2010 10:27|
It’s time to let you know where things stand as we continue efforts to gain access to the lands purchased with Knowles-Nelson Stewardship funds.
The Natural Resources Board voted to forward the proposed Administrate Rule NR 52 (otherwise known as Clearinghouse Rule 09-77) to the legislature for further review. This proposal has been received by the Senate’s Committee on Environment, chaired by Senator Mark Miller (D) of Monona and the Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources, chaired by Representative Spencer Black (D) of Madison. Senator Miller has scheduled public hearing on this issue slated for Tuesday March 16, 2010.
Representative Black has scheduled a public hearing for March 24, 2010. HPT will have representatives at these important hearings. Without action by these committees a “passive review” will have occurred and this proposal would then have been returned to the DNR for implementation. HPT lobbied Representative Black and members of the Natural Resources committee to conduct public hearings so that those who oppose this proposal would have an opportunity to express their opinions.
Regional Assembly Committee on Natural Resources members includes Chris Danou (D), Vice Chairman, Trempealeau, Michael Huebsch, (R) West Salem, and Rep. Lee Nerison (R) Westby. Representative Black authored the recently passed “Dooring Law” and is an advocate for cyclist. We are hopeful that by hold this public hearings our legislators will give serious consideration to the cycling community and the issue of public access to Stewardship lands.
It is our intent to keep you informed of developments as they occur. Whatever the outcome, know that HPT leadership along with a coalition of the Wisconsin Bike Federation, IMBA and WORBA, will continue to monitor the situation and aggressively participate where we feel we can make a difference. As we monitor the NR 52 issue we are evaluating a number of strategies to facilitate the continued development of trails within Human Powered Trails, the La Crosse Bluffland Protection Plan land, among other regional locations.