Conservation Lobby Day 2014

On Conservation Lobby Day, conservation voters – like you – come from every corner of the state to share their natural resource values (and expectations) with their state legislators in the Capitol.

Right now, there are several big and important conservation issues on the move (think: frac sand, local control, and groundwater), which is why you need to be there on February 11th! When we stand together, natural resources win!

Join Us

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Senator Dale Schultz will be our keynote speaker!

*Registration for Lobby Day has closed.*

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the program will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Monona Terrace
One John Nolen Dr, Suite 1930
Madison, WI 53703
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Senator Dale Schultz is confirmed to be our keynote speaker! You probably remember Senator Schultz’s tireless work to shed light on the health and natural resource hazards of the Open-Pit Mining Bill. He even bucked his party to cast an opposing vote to the bill – not once, but twice. We are honored that he will be there on Conservation Lobby Day to share his insights and help prepare you for a great day.

After you register, a WLCV organizer will follow up to make sure you have the information you need to have a great (and effective) day! You’ll also be invited to join us for a conference call in advance of the big day. This optional call will give you more information about the issues and how to be an effective citizen lobbyist.

If you’re from northeast Wisconsin and would like a ride to Madison, click here to see the bus schedule and sign up to ride.

About Conservation Lobby Day

On February 11th, hundreds of conservationists – including you, we hope! – will meet with as many as 132 legislators at the State Capitol, demonstrating the power of our conservation community and voicing our concerns on issues ranging from groundwater to frac sand mining.

On Conservation Lobby Day, you can expect to:

  • Get the inside scoop on top conservation issues and state politics.
  • Participate in a scheduled meeting with your state Senator and Representative’s offices.
  • Network, strategize, and make new friends with hundreds of other conservation-minded citizens from across the state.
  • Attend trainings presented by professionals on everything from natural resource issues to citizen advocacy:

Matt Rothschild, Publisher of The Progressive Magazine will give us tips on how to be more persuasive advocates in the media for the issues we care about.

Lori Compas and Brad Werntz of the Wisconsin Business Alliance will lead a discussion on how protecting the environment is actually good for the economy.

Kim Wright, Executive Director of Midwest Environmental Advocates will share latest developments on the permitting process for the proposed open-pit iron mine in the Penokee Hills.

Amber Meyer Smith, Director of Programs and Government Relations at Clean Wisconsin will talk about the latest policy changes to protect our waters from phosphorus pollution.

Watch the Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s documentary, “Mysteries of the Driftless” and be inspired to tell the “story” of your favorite Wisconsin places.

Kerry Schumann, Executive Director of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters will unveil the underreported story of how the conservation laws on the books are no longer being enforced – and gather your ideas on how to get Wisconsin back on track.

Ella Schwierske, Climate Change Field Organizer for Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters will share the very latest on national and state efforts to highlight the urgency of climate change in the public debate and among policy makers.

View the complete schedule of the day here. 

We answer your frequently asked questions here.

Read up on how to have a great citizen lobby meeting here.

The Issues

At this year’s Conservation Lobby Day, we are in a position to win more victories and make a strong showing on a range of critical issues.

Groundwater Supply: Despite the groundwater supply problems we already face in Wisconsin – farmers in frac sand country unable to water their fields, trout streams in central Wisconsin drying up, high-capacity wells drawing down nearby lakes – there is currently a groundwater bill on the fast track that will make matters worse. With enough public pressure, we can stop this bad groundwater bill in its tracks. On Conservation Lobby Day, we’ll ask legislators: Will you oppose SB 302, the detrimental groundwater bill? Learn more about this issue here.

Local Control: Citizens rely on their local authorities to be the first line of defense in protecting their air and water. SB 349 strips local governments’ ability to do that, paving the way for polluters to play by their own rules. The result will be more frac sand mining, more manure spraying, and more air and water contamination. Opposition to this bill is diverse, loud, and building. We’ll bring our opposition directly to legislators on Conservation Lobby Day when we’ll ask them: Will you oppose SB 349, the Kneecapping Local Communities Bill? Learn more about this issue here.

Frac Sand Mining: In just the last five years, Wisconsin frac sand mining facilities have grown from less than a handful to more than one hundred. With the boom of frac sand mines has come a host of public health and natural resource problems and concerns. The Department of Natural Resources has not received adequate resources to keep up with the growing monitoring and law enforcement needs. On Conservation Lobby Day, we’ll speak directly to legislators about these concerns and ask them, “Will you support SB 411/AB 306, the frac sand mine monitoring bill?” Learn more about this issue here.

Support Conservation Lobby Day

DavisLobbyDayWe are pleased to offer Conservation Lobby Day at no cost to you. However, the day does not come without costs. Your donation of $60 will offset the cost of one participant. Please consider donating, so we can continue to offer this important day free of charge.

You can do more to make sure all citizens who want to make their voices heard can join us at Conservation Lobby Day 2014 by becoming an official sponsor at one of the following levels:

  • Legacy Leader – $2,000
  • Conservation Crusader – $1,500
  • Priority Protector – $1,000
  • District Defender – $750
  • Pollution Preventer – $500
  • Policy Partner – $250
  • Bill Backer – $100

Learn more about sponsorship levels here.

History of Conservation Lobby Day

Lobby DaySince the first Conservation Lobby Day in 2005, the event has grown from 100 citizens to more than 600! In that time, it has earned a reputation as the preeminent advocacy event of Wisconsin’s conservation community. Time and again, Conservation Lobby Day proves that when citizens come together to make their conservation values known, legislators listen, and conservation victories soon follow!

Past Conservation Lobby Days have been followed by critical policy victories, like passage of the Strong Great Lakes Compact, reauthorization of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, and an increase in the tipping fees to deter out-of-state waste.

Past participants have said of Conservation Lobby Day:

  • “It’s the best-organized, most-effective lobbying event for promoting conservation issues. It’s always a joy to participate.”
  • “Lobby Day is how things get accomplished. It is the biggest show of force on conservation issues.”
  • “When well-prepared citizens lobby, it works wonders.”
  • “I met my representative for the first time and was impressed. Over 600 people – yeah!”
  • “The greatest thing about Lobby Day is the extremely great turnout and participation.”
  • “Conservation Lobby Day was thrilling. Seriously. I am so impressed with WLCV’s organization AND organizational abilities.”

We look forward to another powerful, effective, and fun Conservation Lobby Day in 2014. See you on February 11th!

This page is updated regularly with the latest information about Conservation Lobby Day 2014. Please check back.

For questions about Conservation Lobby Day, please contact Field Director Tom Stolp at tom@conservationvoters.org or 414-921-0084.