Yesterday, I held a press conference to highlight the importance of protecting and preserving the environment.
We are fortunate to have an abundance of natural resources right here in our own backyard. It's important that we protect and preserve the environment, not only for our children, but for the economic impact the recreation industry has on our state.
Wisconsin's robust outdoor recreation industry has a significant impact on jobs and the economy. Annually, the industry contributes $9.7 billion to the economy, supports 129,000 jobs, generates $570 million in annual state tax revenue, and produces $7.5 billion annually in retail sales and services across Wisconsin, according to the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation. In addition, hunting and angling support 57,000 jobs in Wisconsin.
I am committed to preserving our natural heritage in western Wisconsin through:
Maintaining funding for conservation programs through the conservation title of the Farm Bill
Protecting the Mississippi River Basin
Supporting National Wildlife Refuges and Parks
Fostering appreciation for the outdoors
I will continue my work to ensure our public lands are protected, our sportsmen and women have access to these activities, and farmers are given the resources they need to be good stewards of the land.