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|Legislative Update: NR 52|
|Written by Gene Roberts|
|Friday, 26 March 2010 14:30|
On March 24, 2010 Marvin Wanders, Hansi Johnson, IMBA’s Midwest Regional Director, and I gave testimony before the Wisconsin Assembly's Committee on Natural Resources addressing the proposed Administrative Code NR 52 (CR 09-77). We were given the opportunity to get our message to the legislator regarding the La Crosse situation and how it relates to cycling in Wisconsin.
I feel that the trip to Madison was another step toward achieving our goal as we keep the face of HPT and the issue of cycling in front of our state legislators and the Department of Natural Resources. It was obvious to us that your letter and emails have made a difference as several committee members commented on how they had heard from the cycling community on this issue.
After listening to other testimony, many who expressed their displeasure with this proposed Administrative Code, the consensus amongst the three of us is that this committee will ask the department to rework the code. It is important to remember that should the code be returned to the department for rework it is not a guarantee that bicycles will be granted access to Stewardship lands.
It appears that the Senate Committee on Environment has yet to decide what they intend to do with the code. Whatever the outcome we will continue to apply pressure from several angles to achieve our goal of securing access to lands purchased with Knowles-Nelson Stewardship funds.
As always we will keep you aware of our progress. An informed and engaged membership is a strong organization! YOU are HPT…….