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


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,

CSP Calendar

~September 23th, 5pm: Anti-Frac Sand Vigil. At the Radisson Hotel 35 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN. A British mineral extraction intelligence company called Industrial Minerals is hosting its second annual "Frac Sands Conference" on September 23-24 in downtown Minneapolis.  Last year, a majority of those who attended the conference we’re presidents or CEOs of companies involved in frac sand mining or fracking locally, nationally, and internationally. As the industry's leaders continue to convene to discuss and plan the expansion of frac sand mining, we too will gather to offer a peaceful, loving, but unyielding resistance. Please join us for an Anti-Frac Sand Vigil outside the conference to bear witness to the broken landscapes, lives, and communities left in the wake of this extractive and violent fossil fuel boom. Stand with us as we mourn the scarring of beloved and fertile farmland, and as we grapple with the inherent social injustice of climate change  catastrophes. Join with us as we attempt to challenge, educate, and engage in dialogue with both those attending the conference and the larger Minneapolis community. Sponsored by the Rye House and Menonite House. Please call 608-386-0509 with any questions.

~ September 24th, 6-9pm: “Triple Divide”, presented by the film makers themselves: Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic, of the Public Herald in Pennsylvania. On their way to the the Western hydro-fracking states, they will be showing their film about frac gas drilling in Pennsylvania as they travel through Wisconsin, the heart of frac sand, in their Tesla electric car. They are scheduled to speak and present Triple Divide at UW-LaCrosse (1725 State Street) on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Cartwright Center (student union on State Street), Room 332. Parking is available on State Street and surrounding neighborhoods.
For another chance to see them on September 25, go to Park Hall 307 Polk St., Sauk City, WI 53583. Come at 6:30pm to see the filmmakers' fully electric Tesla car, then see the film at 7:30pm. Facilitated by Reedsburg Area Concerned Citizens and the Freethinkers Park Hall. 608-356-3556.
For carpooling to either of these events from Crawford, Richland, or Vernon County, please contact Forest ( or 608-632-2183)

~September 27th, 10am-2pm: Grazing Systems for Healthy Driftless Trout Streams. To be held at Bear Creek Farm, La Farge, this course by our allies and collaborators, Valley Stewardship Network, will cost $45, which includes lunch as well as the hands-on workshop involving a farm tour highlighting pasture renovation projects and temporary fencing techniques. Other topics include grazing plan development and cost-share funding, trout habitat improvement, water quality monitoring and wildlife surveys, and economics and resources for productive grass-based agriculture. Follow-up technical assistance is available for landowners. Space is limited and advance registration is required.
Register: Driftless Folk School at 888-587-6540 or
For questions, contact Valley Stewardship Network 608-637-3615 or

~September 29th, 7-8:30pm: Meet with Community Rights Hero, John Olivas! Community Rights Alliance of Vernon County, Crawford Stewardship Project, Community Rights Alliance of Winnesheik County, and many others have collaborated to bring John Olivas, the Chair of the County Board of Supervisors in Mora County New Mexico, where they used a rights-based ordinance and banned all fossil fuel extraction, here to SW Wisconsin!
The free and open meeting will take place in the main lobby of the Viroqua High School.
For more information, read John's public statement, "Defending Our Community Bill of Rights Ordinance Which Bans Corporate Oil and Gas Drilling in Mora"
and/or read this recent article: How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won - for Now

~October 7th, 10:30am: Great River Grazers Pasture Walk. Don Boland's (608-734-3570) farm 18732 Hwy 27, Gays Mills, WI. Topics to include stockpiling and fall paddock management and review of three milkings in a two-day milk harvesting scheme.

~October 9th, 5pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting. Wauzeka Village Hall.

~October 31st, 10am-2pm: Crawford County Clean Sweep at the Seneca Highway Shop (21515 State Highway 27, Seneca, WI 54654). A wonderful public service offered to the county. Get rid of your old appliances and electronics and anything else you can't get rid of anywhere else!

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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 $4 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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Crawford Stewardship Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in the state of Wisconsin. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Support CSP Send a check to:
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P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631

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Interactive "fraccidents" map, state by state. Access the page for Arkansas at
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.

Bridgeport Township Frac Sand Mine Location Map.
Note that the area marked is just general. The actual mine site is closer to the River on 3 properties, approximately 178 acres disturbed and 128 acres mined of a 305 acre site in the Pattison Sand application.

Frac Sand Weekly
News and Opinions about the Minnesota and Wisconsin Frac Sand Boom, and its Environmental Health Implications.


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