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
 



Crawford Stewardship Project is grateful for the generous support of RESIST, Inc. RESIST funds and supports grassroots groups organizing on the frontlines of the peace, economic, social, and environmental justice movements.

“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/


CSP Calendar




~June 11th, 9am-2pm: Crawford County Waste Tire Collection
At the Crawford County Highway Shop 21515 State Hwy 27, Seneca
For all area residents, farmers, and businesses in Crawford County. All tires accepted. Please remove rims.
Car tires: $4/ea
Truck & tractor tires: by weight
Large quantities: $250/ton
For more information, call Town and Country Sanitation: 608-375-5856

~June 11th, 8:30am-2:00pm: What Birds Tell You About Your Land: Managing Private Lands for Bird Conservation
Maggie Jones and David Linton
Blue River, Crawford County, Wi
The SW Wisconsin Driftless area provides critical habitat for neo-tropical and other threatened bird species. Join VSN and regional experts to learn how to enhance local bird habitat on your land to support and strengthen global biodiversity conservation efforts.  
This is a unique opportunity to learn from experts about the principles of bird habitat management, network with other land owners and bird conservationists, and experience a cross-section of Driftless habitats: brushland, woodland, and wetlands.  Bird survey and habitat assistance will be available as well as a wide array of resources. 
Our schedule for the day 
(rain or shine)
 7:00 am      Early Bird Hike 
(optional)
 8:30 am      Registration & Coffee
 9:00 am      Workshop Session
11:00 am     Brown Bag Lunch  / Q & A / Discussion
12:00 pm     Birds & Habitats Hike
 2:00 pm      Individual Consultation Sessions

The cost of this workshop is $10 per participant.
Space is limited. Contact VSN today to reserve your spot! 
To register, call 608-637-3615 or via email to info@kickapoovsn.org
Special note: Garlic mustard spreads in small pieces of dirt and detritus in boots, please clean your shoes. Thanks!
The cost of this workshop is $10 per participant.
Space is limited. Contact VSN today to reserve your spot! 
To register, call 608-637-3615 or via email to info@kickapoovsn.org

~June 14th, 10:00am: Pasture Walk: Soil Health/Pasture Renovation and Importance of Pollinators
Ron Leurn Farm  (E7233 Spring Coulee Rd, Westby, WI)
Kim Kester, National Bee Queen, keeps hives at the farm & joining Ron to talk about incorporating & enhancing pollinators with farm operations.
For more information, please contact Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu or 608-326-0223

~June 25th, 1-4pm: Driftless Karst Field Trip
Join Crawford Stewardship Project for another fascinating adventure to learn about the ancient and unique geological landscape we live on. We will begin the program with a presentation, then explore local karstic areas to engrave the good professor's lessons into our minds while getting some exercise and having some fun!
E8022 Bakkom Road is the address for Pheasant Walk Permaculture, Kelvin and Kathy's home just N of Viroqua.
For more information, contact CSP Co-coordinator, Forest Jahnke (forestjahnke@gmail.com, 608-632-2183)

~August 25th: Karst Workshop in Dodgeville
UW Extention and the Wi Geological and Natural History Survey are giving a presentation on our local topography and hydrology.
Learning objectives include:
• Gain a basic understanding of the bedrock geology of southern/southwest  Wisconsin, how the geology increases the risk of groundwater contamination; gain a basic understanding of how highly permeable soils are a risk factor for groundwater contamination
• Understand the basic process that goes into investigating a well contamination incident and how the DNR works with local resource agencies to identify the potential sources of contamination.
• Understand the tools local counties are using to determine depth to bedrock and map higher risk areas, and examine the strategies they have used to protect the groundwater resource
• Understand the tools that township officials have at their disposal to address the problems
• Explain how to use field observations and mapping tools to locate karst features and be able to identity common karst features in the field.
This event is targeted towards: Town officials, County resource managers, Private sector consultants, farmers, and other local interested citizens.

~September 10-11, Factory Farming Summit: “What to do when a CAFO comes to town”
Green Bay, WI. National event sponsored in part by Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP), www.sraproject.org More information to come.


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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.

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Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631

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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
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