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for grants eligible for local units of government.
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for grants eligible for nonprofit conservation organizations.
Stewardship Grant lands.
Contact information
For more information, see:
Stewardship grant contact list

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grantsAdvisory council

In 1994, the Department Secretary created the SAC, consisting of representatives from a diverse range of stakeholder groups, to advise the Department on policy and administrative issues relating to implementation of the Stewardship Program. The Council advises the Department on policy and administrative issues, fosters collaborative land protection efforts and increases citizen involvement in the State's natural and recreational resources relating to the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

The SAC is comprised of 12-20 members [PDF] who are appointed by the Department Secretary for three-year terms. SAC membership is representative across the state: specifically, at least three members from the northern half of the state, and three members from the southern half.

Membership of the SAC shall include representation from, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Gathering Waters Conservancy
  • Wisconsin County Forests Association
  • Ice Age Trail Alliance
  • statewide organizations representing local units of government
  • statewide nonprofit conservation organizations, including a representative from The Nature Conservancy
  • local land trusts representing diverse regions of the state
  • local units of government representing geographical and demographic diversity
  • statewide sporting organizations, including a representative from the Conservation Congress

Procedural bylaws, adopted June 8, 2016, intend to guide the operation and organization of the SAC. They are established for the guidance of individual SAC members as well as Department personnel and for public information.

Contact information
For information on the Stewardship Advisory Council, contact:
Mike Carlson
SAC co-chair
Mike Dahlby
SAC co-chair
Pam Foster Felt
DNR Grant Manager
Last revised: Thursday September 20 2018