A group that works closely with outdoor enthusiasts is speaking out against part of Governor Scott Walker’s proposed budget.
The provision would strip away the power of the Natural Resources Board, making the panel largely advisory. Right now, that Board sets the rules for conservation efforts, and other natural resources issues, in the state.
Rob Bohmann is the chair of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, which works very closely with the Natural Resources Board. He says the current process is very transparent, which includes hearings held in every county.
The governor’s budget would put the rule-making process in the hands of the DNR secretary. Bohmann says that would make the state’s resource management much more political, and decisions could be made behind closed doors.