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 a nonprofit organization.
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P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631


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.

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
~Aldo Leopold, 1948. A Sand County Almanac.

March 3 Rally Focuses on Issues Impacting Rural Wisconsin

Yesterday CSP joined with over 100 people gathered in Viroqua at a Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network (SRWN)-organized rally unifying a number of groups concerned about the governor’s budget bills and other actions that impact rural Wisconsin. The event took place outside of a conference sponsored by Citizens for Agriculture and Friends of the Environment (C.A.F.E), an organization that represents the interests of industrial-size farm operations.

SRWN members and others at the rally voiced their deep concern with executive branch takeover of local control and issues including:
  • Loss of local control for farmers and rural communities presented by the governor’s takeover of state regulatory agencies’ rulemaking, including veto power on Livestock Siting Law rules, the rules that affect the siting of factory farms or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).
  • While slashing state funds shared with towns and counties, the governor has taken the right of local governments to set tax rates and to set compensation for teachers and government workers, effectively dictating further erosion in our schools and public services.
  • Public workers and teachers are large economic forces in our state. Permanently depressing their quality of life will have a ripple effect on our economy, particularly in many depressed rural areas of Wisconsin.
  • A 16% cut to the Department of Natural Resources, which will further weaken that agency's already struggling ability to monitor and enforce factory farm permits and other conservation laws.
  • Elimination of the program to preserve farmland and weakening of current pollution laws, which puts waterways at risk for greater pollution runoff, including phosphorous, that leads to more algae in our lakes and streams.
  • In addition to ending collective bargaining, the bill includes major cuts to Badger Care and Medical Assistance programs which will result in the loss of health insurance coverage for over 62,000 working Wisconsin families, which includes many family farmers and rural families.
Governor Walker, Senator Dan Kapanke and Representative Lee Nerison were invited to attend a summit hosted at the Firehouse Restaurant in Viroqua. Walker and Kapanke did not attend.


Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network is a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to preserving the environment while maintaining the health and economic vitality of rural communities. More information and help for communities impacted by CAFOs can be found at