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 is seeking a 20 hour per week paid co-coordinator

This position supports ongoing efforts of the Crawford Stewardship Project to protect the environment and promote sustainable land use, local control of natural resources, and environmental justice. Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), frac sand mining, and water quality monitoring are among the issues CSP is working on with citizen participation. This position involves sharing responsibilities with co-worker to:

  • Coordinate volunteers and water quality monitoring projects
  • Organize citizen participation within communities, assisting them as needed
  • Assist with events including staffing information tables
  • Write for news media and newsletters
  • Comment on legislation and agency rule changes
  • Write grants
  • Attend meetings in the area as well as elsewhere in Wisconsin
  • Communicate with local, state and U.S. government officials
  • Attend and/or present information at events on the issues
  • Research and work with experts who review various applications
  • Network with people in other groups and organizations
  • Updates and outreach through social media
  • Must be able to work well in a sometimes fast-paced environment 
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required
You will work from home and must have suitable computer and phone capabilities and reliable transportation. Send resume with letter of interest to: edieehlert@centurytel.net by April 28, 2015. 


CSP Calendar

Calendar

~April 11th, 9am-1pm: Reading the Driftless Landscape, A LandownerWorkshop Series. Part 1: Establishing Land Management Plans and Priorities
Inspired by Aldo Leopold's land ethic, Reading the Driftless Landscape is a book and field assessment process. Part primer to the natural and cultural history of the Driftless Area and part land management plan development, this course will help landowners understand the surrounding landscape’s influence on their property and how it informs their goals for land management. Even if a management plan isn’t your goal, this workshop will provide landowners with a deeper appreciation of their property and an overview of the natural and human history of the Driftless Area. Workshop led by ecologist Cindy Ramseyer, author of Reading the Driftless Landscape. Sponsored by Valley Stewardship Network and the Lower Kickapoo Initiative.
Highlights will include identifying stewardship goals, objectives, tasks, short and long-term planning and prioritization that works for you, and how to keep track of observations through journaling and photos. We will also present sources of funding for assistance with invasive species work. Each person will leave with more information, vision, and understanding about their land.
Presented by Cindy Ramsayer, Tom Lukens and Shelly Brenneman.
Workshop will take place in Nature Nooks Retreat in rural Viroqua
Box lunch and informal discussion and Q&A afterwards
Cost: $45 includes Reading the Driftless Landscape workbook. Preregistration is required; Register by April 6 at Driftless Folk School or at (608) 632-3348 or registrar(at)driftlessfolkschool.org

~April 13th 7pm: DNR spring wildlife & fisheries proposed rules hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting
There will be 72 public hearings, one in each county. where individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. County residents have the option to run for a seat on the Conservation Congress, or elect other delegates from their county to represent their county views regarding natural resources on the Conservation Congress. Also, individuals have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation issues of a statewide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process.
Meetings in each County. Locations are noted in the questionnaire.
Find the
entire questionnaire here

~April 18th, 11am-4pm: The Land We Love: A Celebration of Earth Day
Music till begin at
4pm and go until 6pm at the Ontario Community Hall  104 N Garden Street   
Good food will be available for purchase.
Openings for organizational tables and musicians.
There will be no cost, donations welcome.
Contact: Dena Eakles
ph: (608) 337-4871
denaeakles@earthlink.net
www.echovalleyhope.org
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~April 20-25th, Chippowa River Waterwalk
During Earth Week in April, Ojibwe Women, led by Sandra Day,  will  participate in the Chippewa River Waterwalk beginning in New Post, WI, 5 days before gathering in Wabasha, MN at the mouth of the river for the 10th Anniversary of the Aldo Leopold Celebration. Stops will be made along the way in various areas of the trip.  As we know it now, the Chippewa River is affected or will be potentially impacted by its tributaries as pollutants accumulate at its mouth. Your group may find this time as an appropriate time to walk, bike or canoe along portions of the River and also participate in activities in Wabasha.
On April 25th at 3:00pm the walkers will be arriving at the Mississippi and will be greeted by the rest of us at the Nelson Community Center. A ceremony will commence at the river and the entire group will then walk across the Mississippi to Wabasha where the festivities will commence!
For more info, please contact Sharon Day (smarieday@aol.com or 651-325-8077)

~May
5th, 10:30am: Crawford County Great River Graziers Pasture Walk
How high can stocking rate be safely pushed: is it worth using stored feed to get through the summer slump, or should the stocking rate be low enough to get through the slump?
A the farm of Christopher Baird (608) 632-1769
12241 State Hwy 27 Ferryville, WI
If you have questions or need additional information, contact Vance Haugen at (608) 326-0223 or by e-mail vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu

~May 5th, 7-9pm: Tepoztlan: Un Pueblo Magico? Watershed Awareness in a Mythic Place
Crawford Stewardship Project is honored to host Mexican biologist and educator, Omaru Heras Ornelas, who will present to our community about the environmental struggles going on South of our border that she has been involved in, and the solutions that have been implemented there.
Dealing with serious contamination in the rivers of Morelos, Mexico, it was decided that the only solution was to bring all the sectors of civil society together in a broad-based campaign to raise awareness in each village, clean up the tributaries, and install simple systems to ecologically deal with household wastewater. Omaru helped spearhead this project in the sacred mountains of Tepoztlan which involved a socioeconomic diagnosis of the surrounding communities, water quality testing, biological surveys, and of course, a massive public education campaign.
We will also have the opportunity for a little hands-on learning as we make some simple household water filtration systems. Materials will be provided and the systems can be brought home for a free-will donation.
We hope you can join us at the Soldiers Grove Library for this free event! Some light snacks and beverages will be provided.

~ May 9th, 10am-2pm: Stream Macroinvertebrate identification training by Valley Stewardship Network. 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.

~May 9th, 8:30am-3:30pm: A Conference for Frac Sand Activists: Networking, Learning, Advocating.

Join citizen volunteers from both sides of the Mississippi River for a day of network building and information exchange. Whether you are new to the issue or an experienced advocate, this conference is for you. We are all working to protect our communities from the adverse impacts of industrial-scale silica sand mining, processing and transport. At the conference you will meet citizens and hear success stories from all over the region. You will leave with ideas that you can use in your own community.
Featuring a host of Presentations and Speakers including the keynote address by Sister Margaret Galiardi, OP, as well as exciting workshops on:
Legal Options for Restricting or Banning Silica Sand Mining by Ordinance
Options for Legal Intervention
Handling Traffic
Earth and Human Connections
Maintaining Air Quality and Air Quality Monitoring Research
Hydrology of the Driftless Area
Rehabilitating Mining Sites
Choosing Your Battles
This important opportunit for learning and networkng will take place at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 419 West Lyon Ave. (Hwy. 63), Lake City, MN 55041
Conference costs $15 (includes lunch and breaks)
For questions, more details, and registration, please contact save.the.bluffs@gmail.com

~May 14th, 5-6:30pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting
Boscobel City Hall, Wisconsin Ave., Boscobel, WI
Permit requests considered, Committee reports, Executive Director's report, DNR report

~May 16th, 10am-5pm: Food, Water and Shelter: Everyone's Right
Echo Valley Farm (echovalleyhope.org) welcomes you to this Peacemaker Gathering with great food and company.

~May 22nd, 2-5pm (meal to follow): KGI Pasture Walk on NRCS Fencing Program in Action and Lease Agreements for Your Pasture Land. 
Co-sponsored by the Vernon County Farm Bureau at the Rod Ofte Liberty farm between Viroqua and Viola.  Our grazing specialists Ben Wojahn, Vernon Co. Land & Water Conservation and Vance Haugen, UW-Extension, Crawford County will be on hand with NRCS personnel to talk about the NRCS EQIP program and Rod will talk about lease/rental agreements.
Contact KGI Project Director, Cynthia Olmstead here

~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. 

~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, 5-6:30pm: 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

~June20th, 9-noon:Driftless Karst Field Trip with 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)




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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