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
 
“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.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated," Mahatma Gandhi
"Producers need to ask themselves what would the public think? How would ten people picked at random from an airport or bus station react to (your) animal rearing, transport or slaughter practices?"
Dr. Temple Grandin
http://www.grandin.com/


 

Crawford Stewardship Project is grateful for the generous support of the Wisconsin Community Fund.

and RESIST, 259 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144, 617-623-5110, www.resistinc.org


CSP Calendar

~July 29th, 10:30am: Great River Grazers Pasture Walk. David Anderson (608-574-4625; 5005 County Rd. II, Highland, WI 53543) is clearing 65 acres of pine plantation and establishing pasture. The benefits of managed intensive grazing for bird conservation will be studied and how to use NRCS EQUIP and a managed grazing plan. Laura Paine, SW Badger and RC&D Grazing Broker, will be the speaker.

~August 6-9th: Crawford County Fair. Held in the Gays Mills fairgrounds, this will once again feature rides, animal shows and judging, meat animal auction, 4H and other art and agricultural exhibits, a tractor pull, a demolition derby, grilled cheese competition, wine tasting contest, quilt block contest, cake walk, magic shows, gardening seminars on perennials and composting, a rodeo, music and much more! Find the event schedule here.

Crawford Stewardship Project will once again have an informational table up and running throughout the fair informing locals on the pressing issues in land stewardship, local control, and environmental justice. Stop by, hang out, and get up to date; or better yet, contact our Co-coordinator Forest Jahnke (forestjahnke@gmail.com, or 608-632-2183) if you are interested in helping table!

~August 9, 10am-2pm: Kickapoo Keepers Family Fun Day: River Ecology, Kayaking, and Swimming on the West Fork. Bring the whole family out to spend the day exploring the wonders of the West Fork of the Kickapoo! Family-friendly, hands-on discovery and learning stations, plus guided hikes and trips will feature trout, turtles, birds, aquatic insects, watershed models, water quality science, kayaking and swimming. Bring life jackets and snacks. Lunch will be served on-site at Nature Nooks Retreat.

Instructors: Tom Lukens, Rice Spann, Shelly Brenneman and Vicki Ramsay
Registration: $10 per person / $20 per family. Contact the Driftless Folk School: www.driftlessfolkschool.org or call 888-587-6540

~August 14th, 5pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting to be held at the Spring Green Public Library.

~August 17th, Land Stewardship Project's Farm Dreams workshop in Viroqua
Farm Dreams is an entry level, four-hour, exploratory workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common sense information on whether sustainable farming is the next step for them.To register or for more information, follow this link

~August 19th, 10:30am: Great River Grazers Pasture Walk. Larry Smith's (608-592-3275) farm S6498 County T, Readstown, WI. Discussion on plots of Hidden Valley Meadow Fescue, experimental falcate forage, Kura clover varieties, and tow no-till drill planding comparisons.

~August 20-21st: Project WET Facilitator Training <http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/eek/teacher/pdf/stcroixflierwi.pdf>. Interstate State Park, St. Croix. Become a water education leader in your community and get certified as an instructor to teach others how to implement Project WET: Water Education for Teachers. This field course will include canoeing the St. Croix River, camping at Interstate State Park, learning about: mussels, Wisconsin watersheds, local pothole geology, and State and National Parks that feature water resources. A prerequisite for this course is Project WET training and use of the materials. This course is a joint facilitator training for Wisconsin and Minnesota Project WET. Fill out the Project WET facilitator training registration form <http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/eek/teacher/pdf/wetregform.pdf> or contact Wisconsin Project WET<mailto:janet.hutchens@wisconsin.gov> or call (608) 261-8453. Fee: $25
Space is limited. Deadline is August 8, 2014.
For more info, contact Janet Hutchens, Project WILD & Project WET State Coordinator
phone: (608) 261-8453
email: janet.hutchens@wisconsin.gov<mailto:janet.hutchens@wisconsin.gov>

~August 22nd - September 5th, Eagle and Condor Solidarity Walk for Mother Earth.
Facilitated and led by our indigenous communities, this 428 mile, 15 day march from Trempealeau, WI, to Chicago, IL, will bring attention to and tie in the issues of frac sand mining to other national and global struggles against destructive, polluting and extractive industries that have pushed our planet into the midst of a global extinction and to the brink of ecological collapse. Join us in solidarity.
Fri - 8/22 - TREMPEALEAU, WI - START / Frac Sand Mining Rally & Start - Trempealeau, WI to West Salem, WI (24 miles)
Sat - 8/23 - West Salem, WI to Sparta, WI (15 miles)
Sun - 8/24 - Sparta, WI to Tomah, WI (20 miles)
Mon - 8/25 - Tomah, WI to Mauston, WI (27 miles)
Tue - 8/26 - Mauston, WI to Baraboo, WI (28 miles) / Ho-Chunk Casino
Wed - 8/27 - Baraboo, WI to Sauk City, WI (24 miles) / Indian Lake County Park - Campsite
Thu - 8/28 - Sauk City, WI to Madison, WI (26 miles) / Lake Farm Park - Campsite
Fri - 8/29 - MADISON, WI / State Capitol Rally & Benefit Concert
Sat - 8/30 - Black River Falls, WI / Ho-Chunk Nation Labor Day Pow Wow - Environmental Info Booth
Sun - 8/31 - Black River Falls, WI / Ho-Chunk Nation Labor Day Pow Wow - Environmental Info Booth
Mon - 9/1 - Madison, WI to Lake Mills, WI (29 miles)
Tue - 9/2 - AZTALAN STATE PARK Ceremony (Early AM) / Lake Mills, WI to Eagle, WI (30 miles)
Wed - 9/3 - Eagle, WI to Racine, WI (42 miles)
Thu - 9/4 - Racine, WI to Waukegan, IL (27 miles)
Fri - 9/5 - CHICAGO, IL - FINISH / Waukegan, IL to Schaumburg, IL (35 miles) / TRICKSTER GALLEY - Arrival Ceremony & Feast /  Evening Benefit Concert (Performers & Time TBA) / Busse Lake - Campsite
Sat - JOINING AND SUPPORTING THE "GREAT MARCH FOR CLIMATE ACTION" ARRIVAL & RALLY INTO CHICAGO!

~September 11th, 5pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting. Wyalusing State Park (Peterson Shelter).

~September 16
th, 1pm: Great River Grazers Pasture Walk. Don Austin's (608-778-4836) farm 1503 Austin Rd, Platteville, WI. Topics to include discussion in portable windbreak strategies and grazing sudan grass.

~October 7th, 10:30am: Great River Grazers Pasture Walk. Don Boland's (608-734-3570) farm 18732 Hwy 27, Gays Mills, WI. Topics to include stockpiling and fall paddock management and review of three milkings in a two-day milk harvesting scheme.


~October 9th, 5pm: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting. Wauzeka Village Hall.

~October 31st: Crawford County Clean Sweep at the Seneca Highway Shop (21515 State Highway 27, Seneca, WI 54654). Details to come...

 


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This beautiful, artistic and graphic display of our precious karst geology is created by local photographic artist Rick LaMartina. It measures 22" x 28" and you can have yours for $16 plus $4 shipping.

Send orders postpaid to CSP, PO Box 284, Gays Mills, WI 54631.
Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

Makes a great gift and conversation item.

Printed by Dairyland Printing, Viroqua, WI


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Tidbits

Interactive "fraccidents" map, state by state. Access the page for Arkansas at
http://earthjustice.org/features/campaigns/arkansas-and-fracking
The other states are also accessible.

Water Quality Monitoring
CSP is looking for people to do water quality monitoring around the Wauzeka CAFO, sand mining operations, as well as other threatened waters in Crawford County. Monitor training is free and provided by Valley Stewardship Network.
Read more...

Bridgeport Township Frac Sand Mine Location Map.
Note that the area marked is just general. The actual mine site is closer to the River on 3 properties, approximately 178 acres disturbed and 128 acres mined of a 305 acre site in the Pattison Sand application.

Frac Sand Weekly
News and Opinions about the Minnesota and Wisconsin Frac Sand Boom, and its Environmental Health Implications.


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

All of us need to take an active role in creating and forging the direction of future growth in our area as well as protecting our natural resources.

CSP has accomplished much in the past few years thanks to the many people who have volunteered to help. Now more than ever CSP needs your help. If you can give a few hours once in a while or help with a few hours ongoing, we would appreciate your efforts. CSP and would love to hear from you.

Read all about what you can do....

Books and Videos about CAFOs, sustainable agriculture, water and food issues, etc. available at the Crawford County libraries
Book and Video List