Crawford Stewardship Project works to protect the environment of Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats
of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use,
environmental justice, and local control of natural resources
 
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

"CAFOs are only profitable because so much of the cost and damage is externalized onto the environment, neighbors and wildlife. The monitoring, supervision, clean-up, restitution, fines are not happening, thus the true cost of CAFOs never find the way onto the balance books." Talking point from the CAFO Conference.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated," Mahatma Gandhi
"Producers need to ask themselves what would the public think? How would ten people picked at random from an airport or bus station react to (your) animal rearing, transport or slaughter practices?"
Dr. Temple Grandin
http://www.grandin.com/



 

Crawford Stewardship Project is grateful for the generous support of the Wisconsin Community Fund.

and RESIST, 259 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144, 617-623-5110, www.resistinc.org


Crawford Stewardship Project Recognized for going “Above and Beyond”

Camile Smith of Crawford County Community Fund (CCCF) graciously recognized CSP for, “out-of-the-box thinking that promotes regionalism, cooperation among communities or organizations, creative strategies or innovative approaches to long-term problems, or diversity awareness...

They are a non-profit organization bringing together citizens who recognize the importance of good stewardship and the wide and lasting negative impact of ill-advised anti-environmental practices. Although we could place this nomination in Community Leadership, or Tourism, or even Education, we chose Above & Beyond for their tireless all-encompassing nature...

Leadership in the stewardship of the land makes CSP a force for the future in the county and well beyond. The wisdom to cooperate with other groups to fulfill shared goals is a model for community-building.”

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CSP staff and board (minus Ellen Brooks), honored to be in the good company of other 2015 Crawford County Leadership Award recipients:
Front row – left to right:  Liz Bransky (Educational Leadership); Star Valley Flowers - Phil Mueller and John Zehrer (Business Development); Gays Mills Village Stewards - Ed Block, Charles Drake and Kay Smiley (Tourism).
Back row – left to right: Sharon Murphy, CCCF; Chad Abram (Community Service and Leadership); Crawford Stewardship Project - Rob Horwich, Forest Janke, Edie Ehlert, Lamar Janes, and Kathy Byrne (Above and Beyond) and Camille Smith, CCCF.


CSP Calendar

Calendar


~May 28th, 3-8pm: Water Action Volunteers Levels 1 & 2 Training with VSN. Nature Nooks Retreat, CTH S, Viroqua, WI.
The Water Action Volunteers are a statewide team of people who work to gather information on the health of their local streams from May-October. Our local WAV programs are sponsored by Valley Stewardship Network and Crawford Stewardship Project to attend to particular local stream issues in the Kickapoo Watershed. The trainings for this program are offered by Valley Stewardship Network in the spring, are available to any interested member of the public and are free.
The commitment of the Water Action Volunteer is to take stream data once per month at a designated or chosen site and enter this data into the database. The parameters covered by Level I training are Stream Flow, Dissolved Oxygen, Transparency, Habitat Assessment, Temperature, Macroinvertebrate identification and the presence (and sometimes removal of) invasive aquatic species.  All equipment is provided by the program and returned when not in use anymore.
Level 2 volunteers must have had at least 1 year of field or level 1 WAV experience. 

~ May 30th, 10am-5pm: Creative Nonviolent Activism Workshop
Echo Valley Hope, near Ontario, hosts Rivera Sun (riverasun.com), author of The Dandelion Insurrection who will lead the workshop. This will be followed from 5-7pm with music by Mark Adkins of Subvocal. Suggested free will contribution of $10 for the day and $5 for lunch. For more info, please call 608-337-4871

~June 6th, 9am-3pm: Water Action Volunteers Levels 1 & 2 Training with VSN. Nature Nooks Retreat, CTH S, Viroqua, WI.
The Water Action Volunteers are a statewide team of people who work to gather information on the health of their local streams from May-October. Our local WAV programs are sponsored by Valley Stewardship Network and Crawford Stewardship Project to attend to particular local stream issues in the Kickapoo Watershed. The trainings for this program are offered by Valley Stewardship Network in the spring, are available to any interested member of the public and are free.
The commitment of the Water Action Volunteer is to take stream data once per month at a designated or chosen site and enter this data into the database. The parameters covered by Level I training are Stream Flow, Dissolved Oxygen, Transparency, Habitat Assessment, Temperature, Macroinvertebrate identification and the presence (and sometimes removal of) invasive aquatic species.  All equipment is provided by the program and returned when not in use anymore.
Level 2 volunteers must have had at least 1 year of field or level 1 WAV experience. 

~June 11th, 5-6pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting
Rhinelander Cabin at the BlackHawk Unit, Mazomanie, WI
Permit requests considered, Committee reports, Executive Director's report, DNR report

~June 13th, 9am-1pm: Grazing Systems for Healthy Driftless Trout Streams. A Grazing Workshop at Bear Creek Farm in La Farge, WI.
Join VSN for hands-on learning about how grass-based, productive agriculture can support land and water conservation and protection of Driftless area trout streams. Led by Lowell Rheinheimer, Bear Creek Farm; Dennis Rooney, Grazing Specialist; staff from Driftless Area Restoration Effort and VSN.
Fee: $45 includes a picnic lunch. Advance registration is required.
Register: Driftless Folk School  Questions? VSN 608-637-3615 or shelly@kickapoovsn.org.

~June 13th, 9am-2pm: Crawford County Waste Tire Collection. $3/tire or $165/ton (all truck and tractor tires by weight). All rims must be removed. At the Crawford County Highway Shop (21515 St Hwy 27, Seneca)

~ June 16th, 10:30am: Great River Graziers Pasture Walk on the Jim/Phyllis Munsch farm.
Coon Valley (S995 Bagsted Lane Coon Valley, WI): S on HWY 14 - 1 mi. Turn right onto Sveum Ridge Road go 0.5 mi. turn right onto Bagsted Lane. Farm at the end of Bagsted Lane. Fire # 995. Phone: 608-452-3769
This walk will focus on m
anagement to maintain a vigorous paddock of “sustainable” meadow fescue. Dairy paddockmovement of beef cattle to reduce labor requirements & increased organic matter with proper out wintering & high stocking density (not mob grazing). How to use a raising plate meter to achieve your grazing goals.
For more information contact Vance Haugen, UWEx Agriculture Agent 608-326-0223 vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu

~June 20th, 9-noon: DriftlessKarstFieldTripwith Professor Emeritus Kelvin Rodolfo
Join Crawford Stewardship Project for another fascinating adventure to learn about the ancient and unique geological landscape we live on.
This time, we will begin the program in Kelvin and Kathy's home at Pheasant Walk Permaculture (E8022 Bakkom Road, Viroqua) for a presentation. After that, we will head out to explore a handful of local karstic areas to engrave the good professor's lessons into our minds while getting some exercise and having some fun!
For more information, contact CSP Co-coordinator, Forest Jahnke (forestjahnke@gmail.com, 608-632-2183)

~June 20th, 9am-1pm: Reading the Driftless Landscape

Reading between the lines: The clues the understory, soil, and rocks tell you of the forest of the futureat Nature Nooks Retreat. Inspired by Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, ecologist and author Cindy Ramseyer created "Reading the Driftless Landscape" as part primer to the natural and cultural history of the Driftless Area and part land management plan development guide.
Highlights: Projecting future changes in forest communities based on current conditions. Identification of plants, shrubs, and trees. What the saplings tell you about the community of the future. How to decide on management options in the field. What different plant communities tell us about the present, past, and future. Tribes of plants related to communities. This will be a field exercise; come prepared to walk the land.
Fee: $45 includes a picnic lunch. Advance registration is required.
Register: Driftless Folk School  Questions? VSN 608-637-3615 or shelly@kickapoovsn.org.


~June 21st, 1-5pm: Driftless Wi Grown's Second Annual Farm Crawl
The DWG Annual Farm Crawl is a great opportunity to explore some great farms and local businesses in Crawford County, from Locally Grown Food to Locally Grown Flowers!

Take a drive through the beautiful Driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin where you will visit featured locations, meet local producers and learn what our unique region has to offer.

Driftless Wisconsin Grown's Second Annual Farm Crawl is a free event open to anyone wishing to participate.

If you love local and You are looking for an opportunity to serve, DWG is looking for volunteers to help out at the farms on the day of the event.
For more info, or to help out, contact info@driftlesswisconsingrown.org

~June 30th, 10 am-2 pm: Tom Coleman farm and Vernon County Pasture Walk.   Kickapoo Grazing Initiative, Vernon LAWC and NRCS bring you this pasture walk. Topics will include soil health as well as fencing and water sources for managed rotational grazing.   More detail TBA soon.
Questions? Interested? Contact KGI Project Director, Cynthia Olmstead through our contact page.



~July 9th, 5-6pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting
Kratochwill Building, 206 N. Wisconsin Ave., Muscoda, WI


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This beautiful, artistic and graphic display of our precious karst geology is created by local photographic artist Rick LaMartina. It measures 22" x 28" and you can have yours for $16 plus $5 shipping.

Send orders postpaid to CSP, PO Box 284, Gays Mills, WI 54631.
Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

Makes a great gift and conversation item.

Printed by Dairyland Printing, Viroqua, WI


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Tidbits

State of our union is tied to the state of our climate
Citizens' Climate Lobby responds to 2015 State of the Union
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full story here

Interactive "fraccidents" map, state by state. Access the page for Arkansas at
http://earthjustice.org/features/campaigns/arkansas-and-fracking
The other states are also accessible.

Water Quality Monitoring
CSP is looking for people to do water quality monitoring around the Wauzeka CAFO, sand mining operations, as well as other threatened waters in Crawford County. Monitor training is free and provided by Valley Stewardship Network.
Read more...


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

All of us need to take an active role in creating and forging the direction of future growth in our area as well as protecting our natural resources.

CSP has accomplished much in the past few years thanks to the many people who have volunteered to help. Now more than ever CSP needs your help. If you can give a few hours once in a while or help with a few hours ongoing, we would appreciate your efforts. CSP and would love to hear from you.

Read all about what you can do....

Books and Videos about CAFOs, sustainable agriculture, water and food issues, etc. available at the Crawford County libraries
Book and Video List