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


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,

CSP Calendar

~April 11th 7pm, and 12th 1pm: Wes Wilson will be giving a presentation on the environmental and public health impacts of hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking) at Assisi Heights in Rochester, MN. Frac sand mining, processing, and transportation are aspects of this extreme energy extraction practice we are facing in our region; this is a chance to learn more about the impacts on and risks to communities at the other end of the process. Wilson is a retired geological engineer and Environmental Protection Agency whistleblower, featured in the film Gasland. The presentations are free and open to the public, but registration is requested (For Friday: and for Saturday:
This event is co-sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Rochester, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of La Crosse, and Land Stewardship Project.

~April 12, 10am:  Wetlands of the Penokee Hills.  Presentation by Tracy Hames, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association. 
Presentation will cover: 
1. Penokee Hills Iron Mine Proposal: 
    What we know about where the project will be located. 
    What we know about what is being proposed. 
2. Wetlands of the Proposed Iron Mine Project Area: 
    Wetlands and their role in project area watershed health. 
    Potential project impacts to wetlands and the health of the Bad River watershed, including the Kakagon/Bad River Slough estuary. 
Co-sponsored by Crawford Stewardship Project and the Lower Kickapoo Initiative in the Gays Mills Community Commerce Center (16381 WI 131, Gays Mills). This event is free of charge and refreshments and coffee will be available. Call (608) 872-2297 with questions.

~April 14th, 7pm: Wisconsin Conservation Congress to be held at the Prairie du Chien High School, 800 E Crawford Street, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821 For some background info on the meeting, what will be addressed and how to participate, go to: search for “Spring Hearings”.

To find additional locations (it is held in each county) and to review the questions that will be posed to the public. If you do not have access to the internet or for more information, call Kari Lee-Zimmermann at (608) 266-0580.
If interested in going or for carpooling from the NE side of Crawford County, call Forest Jahnke (608-632-2183) for carpooling.

~April 19th, 9am-6pm: Kickapoo Earth Day at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve! Come enjoy the natural beauty of the Driftless and the river that runs through her heart. Entertain yourselves with activities and events outdoors, or pop into the KVR Building to catch one of the powerful speakers and get some food. After 6pm, the festivities will move to the La Farge Community Center for music and food and a fundraiser to cover costs and bring forward something even better next year! The main event at the KVR is free and open to the public.

April 23, 8:30 am – 3 pm: Viroqua, Women Caring for the Land workshop.  Kickapoo Grazing Initiative is partnering with Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service’s (MOSES) Women Caring for the Land project and Southwest Badger RC&D for this free workshop to support women landowners in our region.  For more information, see contact (608.348.7110).

~April 26th Workshop on Oak Ecology by Wisoncon DNR Ecologist
Armund Bartz. Armund will lead us on a tour of his 80 acre Crawford Cty property to view areas he has been managing for oak. The property is typical for the area with part of it in the Managed Forest Law program and landowner goals seeking to balance recreation and economic return in addition to rare habitat/species conservation.

The workshop will begin at 10 am and last for 3 to 4 hours. The hike is moderately difficult. Bring a sack lunch and water. This event is Co-sponsored by Kickapoo Woods Coop, Valley Stewardship Network, and Lower Kickapoo Initiative.
Information about Oak Ecology in the Driftless Region.

~April 26th, 11am-8pm: Celebrating the Land We Love hosted by Echo Valley Hope at the Community Center in Ontario. Join us for good food, music, and a panel discussion on stewardship from 2-4pm. On the panel will be Rob Danielson of Save Our Unique Lands, Andi Cloud of Migizi Advocates for Turtle Island, Shelly Brenneman of Valley Stewardship Network, and Crawford Stewardship Project Co-coordinator Forest Jahnke. Torr Enness will play from 6-8pm. Echo Valley Hope is covering the event and it is free and open to the public.
For carpooling from the Crawford County area, please contact Forest at or (608) 632-2183.

April 26th, 3-4:30pm: Honor the Earth. Winona County CASM (Citizens Against Silica Mining) Honor the Earth by participating in an Earth Day Rally to be held at Levee Park in Winona, MN. Come out for an Earth Day speaking rally where you will hear the voices of knowledgeable citizens from around the region address the issue of hydrofracking and its related industries (such as frac sand mining and the rail transport of materials). Special guest George Howe, co-producer of the documentary film “Mysteries of the Driftless,” will talk about the incredibly unique geology and ecology of this region. Afterwards, the public will be invited to a dinner reception at an area restaurant where you will have an opportunity to hear more from the speakers and to ask questions.

The city of Winona is celebrating Earth Day on this date as well from 10am-3pm and includes many educational and recreational opportunities. For more details see:

~May 8th, 5pm: The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board monthly business meeting at the Boscobel City Hall, Boscobel, WI.

~May 9th-11th:  Gays Mills 22st Annual Folk Festival of Music & Dance. Music featuring Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers, Norskedalen Trio, Mark and Brandi Janssen as well as many other activities from a Maypole Dance, Workshops, Silent Auction, Friday Night Square Dance, Saturday Night Concert, and the Sunday Morning Gospel Sing. Check out pictures and get more information on the site:

~May 10th, 9:30am-1:30pm:Environmental Links to Cancer and Human Healthfeaturing Sandra Steingraber, an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and human health. There will be an introduction by Physicians for Social Responsibility and Midwest Environmental Advocates. Also featured will be displays from supporting organizations who emphasize environmental protection and human health.
Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin and Kewaunee CARES are hosting this health forum at the Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center. Tickets $40

~May 17th, 10am-4pm: Two-part event at the Dennis Rooney farm near Steuben:  Kickapoo Grazing Initiative Pasture Walk, hosted by KGI, Dennis and Vance Haugen—UW-Extension.  1 hour break for complimentary lunch and networking time at noon. In the afternoon, Valley Stewardship Network ( is working with the Driftless Folk School to host a Rotational grazing and stream quality in-depth workshop.  For more information on the afternoon workshop—contact Shelly Brenneman at 608-637-3615.  Save the date---details to follow in April for registration.

~May 19th, 6:30pm: Rocks, Mounds and Marker Trees. Devil's Lake State Park. Meet at the South shore of Devil's Lake at the Bird Mound (SEE MAPQUEST: This event is free and open to the public.

~May 23rd-26th: Wild Edibles Gathering at Wyalusing State Park, South of Prairie du Chien, WI, overlooking the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. This weekend will include a mix of hikes, talks, demonstrations, hands-on learning and spontaneous discussions, all focused around edible plants that grow in the area. There will be information on identification, which plant parts are edible, cooking techniques, preserving, teas and more. We will be at the indoor dorm group campsite. Adults-$15/night, Teens-$8/night, Children-$6/night. Adults-$10/day only. Wisconsin State Park admission is required, as we are in a state park. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. More information and registration form at

~June 12th, 5pm: The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board monthly business meeting in the Black Hawk Unit (Rhinelander Cabin), Mazomanie, WI.

~ June 13, 14 & 15: Nukewatch: Get Ready for Non-Violence. Training in non-violent action for social change.
740A Round Lake Road, Luck, WI $25 to attend. Food and Hospitality provided.
Space is limited so registration is necessary.
Registration link for the April nonviolence training:
This training is being offered twice.

~July 15th, Kickapoo Grazing Initiative Pasture Walk on Recent developments and strategies for effective managed grazing of beef and dairy herds.  This walk will also feature shade structures.  Hosted by Ben Wojahnof Vernon Co. Land & Water Conservation and farmer and entrepreneur Vince Hundt at his farm near Coon Valley.  Registration details will be available in early summer.


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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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Interactive "fraccidents" map, state by state. Access the page for Arkansas at
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.

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.


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