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



CSP Calendar

Calendar

~ February 25-26th:  Organic Agriculture Research Symposium.   This event takes place in La Crosse, WI, and will focus on on building a solid foundation for organic agriculture, in order to provide healthy food for the future in a sustainable and ecologically sound way. The event will highlight research on organic farming systems, seeds and crop varieties suitable for organic production, holistic livestock care and feeding, soil health, organic markets and more. Researchers from all over the world will present their work at this event. Keynote speaker Chuck Benbrook will speak on The Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Evidence Based Results.
Organic farmers and students are particularly encouraged to attend this symposium, and a limited number of scholarships are available (scholarship information coming soon). Registration fees include a program, educational materials, break refreshments and lunch on Thursday. For more information, see http://www.cias.wisc.edu/oars/
Register online

~February 26-28th: MOSES Organic Farming Conference
La Crosse, WI.

67 Workshops over 6 Sessions | 2-Floor Exhibit Hall | 3,000+ Participants
The MOSES Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming. It’s the one event of the season where you can expand your farming knowledge, discover new resources and tools, make connections and find support, and
look cool wearing plaid!
http://mosesorganic.org/conference/

~ Final information for the public meetings re the DNR frac sand strategic analysis, public input.
The public is encouraged to attend public meetings in February and March to share their questions and concerns about frac sand mining activities. These comments will help shape the scope of what the study may include. Written comments are also welcome.
Let the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources know what information you and your community need to address the impacts of frac sand mining, processing and transportation. 
Citizens have an opportunity to provide comments to the DNR on the issues the agency will study in completing a strategic analysis of frac sand mining. In January, the Natural Resources Board voted unanimously to direct the DNR to honor the request made in the citizen-led petition asking for a strategic analysis of silica sand mining activities.
You are welcome and invited to come to one of the public meetings listed above to make comments that will be accepted by the DNR and used to decide on the scope of the strategic analysis. You don’t need to stay the whole time, you can come in to provide your comments in writing or in verbal testimony if you chose, then you can head back home. More public meetings may be announced soon as well as ways to share your ideas online.
Meetings are scheduled for:
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Location: Town of Howard Town Hall
    Address:  4052 Cty Hwy B, Chippewa County
    Time:  Drop in anytime between 5:00 and 8:00pm to make comments
 
Monday, March 2, 2015 
    Location:  Marten Community Center
    Address:  120 S Franklin St, Mondovi, WI
    Time:  Drop in anytime between 5:00 and 8:00pm to make comments
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
    Location:  HCN Bingo Hall
    Address:  W9010 Wisconsin Hwy 54, Black River Falls, WI
    Time:  Drop in anytime between 5:00 and 8:00pm to make comments
 
Go to MEA for more information:  http://midwestadvocates.org/news-events/events#489

~March 7th, 2:30-5pm: Growing Energy: Self-Reliant Communities
Bring It Home Biofuels to host a presentation on local biofuels production at the ARK community center in Viroqua (401 E Jefferson St. Viroqua WI 54665 )
Keynote presentation by Sunpower Biodiesel: Supplier of ASTM certified biodiesel, on their experience producing and dis-tributing biodiesel to farms, schools, retail, municipal users and truck fleets.
Panel discussion on topics of local interest:
 La Crosse Diesel—a mechanic’s view of biodiesel use in trucks and cars
 On Farm Use—a farmer member’s story
 Driving Clean with biodiesel
 Viroqua resident on Home Heating Use
 Plenty of time for Q&A
Free and open to the public, complimentary light dinner to follow Questions or RSVP: (608) 606-0276 bringithomebiofuels@gmail.com  www.bringithomebiofuels.wordpress.com 

~March 10th, 10am-2pm: Crawford Stewardship Project's Farmer Forum: Adapting Your Farm to Changing Markets
 At the Wauzeka Village Hall, 213 East Front Street, Wauzeka, WI.
Our speaker line-up is not yet finalized, but we will have representatives of the Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems, a representative of Nieman Ranch speaking about swine feeder pig production and certification, farmers speaking about success with alternatives to expansion, farm financing, information on certification programs, and more!  We are planning an open discussion on alternatives to expansion for existing farm operations.
A free lunch will be served.  Hope to see you there, and tell all your farmer friends!


~March 14th, noon-4pm: Family Farm Defenders Annual Meeting with updates on such issues as the dairy crisis, frac sand mining, climate justice, genetically modified organisms, and factory farm struggles, as well as board elections.  The public is most welcome to attend!
This will be followed from
5-9pm by the John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize Award Dinner & Ceremony featuring keynote speaker Marty Strange, co-founder of the Center for Rural Affairs and author of Family Farming: a New Economic Vision.  Award Dinner tickets: $50 ($35 for low income or student)
RSVP or for more info, contact FFD:  608-260-0900 or familyfarmdefenders@yahoo.com

~March 19th: 5th Wisconsin River Water Quality Improvement Symposium, "Making Connections for Clean Water"
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Dreyfus University Center
The Wisconsin River Water Quality Improvement Project is a water quality monitoring effort designed to improve conditions in the Wisconsin River and its tributaries by focusing actions to reduce algae blooms and pollution. Improving water quality in the Wisconsin River basin is important to our quality of life, the local and state economy, tourism, property values and recreational opportunities.
Symposium Highlights:
  • Updates on water quality conditions and the TMDL process for the Wisconsin River and its tributaries and reservoirs. 
  • Presentation and discussions will focus on overcoming challenges by building partnerships within the watershed. 
  • Presenting creative solutions that inspire action, and allow for attendees of all backgrounds to learn from and network with one another. 

For more information on the symposium call 715-346-4155 or email wisriver@uwsp.edu.


~March 21st, 9-noon:  Know Your Land
Gays Mills Community Center, 16381 WI Highway 131, Gays Mills
Local conservation organizations are offering an opportunity, at no charge, for local landowners to learn more about resources for achieving their goals with their land.  The workshop will feature conservation specialist Megan Kabele of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy who will explain G.I.S. satellite mapping as a planning tool.
Mapping can support a wide range of planning efforts from conservation easements, wildlife habitat enhancement, protecting endangered species to timber management.  Participants will learn tips on researching the pre and post settlement history of their property, the value of ecological assessments by a naturalist and how to integrate this into farm and woodland management practices.
Come to hear and interact with professionals who will present free online tools for developing a better knowledge of your property, its history and its future.
Refreshments to follow presentations.
The event is hosted by Mississippi Valley Conservancy, Lower Kickapoo Initiative, Valley Stewardship Network, Kickapoo Woods Cooperative and Crawford Stewardship Project. 
Questions?  Contact: Maggie Jones, Blue River WI, mhjones@countryspeed.com   608-872-2297

~March 31st, 7 pm: “Mysteries of the Driftless”,
 Board Room of the Gays Mills Commerce Center (16381 State Highway 131, Gays Mills, WI).  Join local executive producer Tim Jacobson with his Emmy award-winning film, exploring the natural mysteries and wonders of the Driftless area and its rare ecosystems. What strange forces spared one isolated region along the Upper Mississippi River from the repeated crushing and scouring effects of massive continental glaciers during the last couple million years? What pre-Ice Age throwbacks survived here in this unique refuge that holds more Native American effigy mounds, petroglyph caves, strange geological features, and rare species than anywhere in the Midwest? A team of science filmmakers explores these questions and more in this captivating adventure documentary about the Driftless Zone. Tim will share his experience producing the film and answer our questions following the film.
Crawford Stewardship Project, Lower Kickapoo Initiative, and the Gays Mills Public Library invite all interested folks to this exquisitely beautiful 45 minute film.
Free popcorn and juice. Donations welcome.
For more details,  contact
Edie Ehlert, edieehlert@centurytel.net or 608-734-3223

~April 13th: Wisconsin Conservation Congress
Additional news about the Wisconsin Conservation Congress: Question 10 is noted in the materials produced for the county meetings (see page 44 of the report in the link noted below.  Meetings in each County will be held on April 13. Locations are also noted in the questionnaire. Be sure to attend the Wisconsin Conservation Congress meetings throughout the state on April 13, run for the positions available, and hear the rationale for each resolution and vote. There is a resolution (10) encouraging the DNR's strategic analysis to be comprehensive and inclusive of public input.  This is a rare annual public input process into how our WDNR acts and protects our resources.  We all need to work together to achieve positive changes!
Find the
entire questionnaire here

~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.
More details to come.  For more info, please contact Sharon Day (smarieday@aol.com or 651-325-8077)

~ 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 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. 

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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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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