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
A Message from CSP's New Co-coordinator
Dear Crawford Stewardship Project members and friends,
I am very pleased and honored to accept the position of co-coordinator for CSP programs. I have watched CSP activities, with much admiration, from the beginning. When CSP started, I was heavily involved with my career, raising two sons and running two home/farm-based businesses with my family. Those responsibilities left me with little time for other work. I retired from my very time-consuming USDA job in February, somewhat ahead of schedule, but with a strong sense of devotion to local issues. My years working in an array of operations, including SW Wisconsin farms, slaughter plants, animal facilities covered by the Animal Welfare Act, and giant animal feeding operations in California’s Central Valley and North Carolina’s coastal plain, provided me with a good basis of understanding for some of the ag-related issues facing Crawford County farmers and residents. The issue of frac sand mining is also critical to me. My greatest desire is to leave the land healthy and intact for everyone who wants to live, farm, protect and thrive in this most wondrous place in the universe.
Kathy Byrne, outgoing co-coordinator, and Forest Jahnke, ongoing co-coordinator (along with CSP board, members, friends, volunteers, and other organizations) have built an amazing structure of contacts, knowledge, experiences, activities and actions. It’s been less than 24 hours since the call from Ellen Brooks asking if I would be part of CSP; I’ve already received a ton of background material, asked too many questions, made a pest of myself and generally felt like I’m part of a community of wise visionaries who by being the best will help me develop the best I have to offer. Thank you so much for the opportunity.
My educational background is in wildlife ecology and veterinary medicine. Please feel free to contact me with your questions, suggestions, advice and anything you think I should know to be a successful co-coordinator.
~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.
Instructors: Tom Lukens, Rice Spann, Shelly Brenneman and Vicki Ramsay
~August 22nd - Septemper 5th, Eagle and Condor Solidarity Walk for Mother Earth.
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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
Dowload the most recent CSP Newsletter Spring 2014
Crawford Stewardship Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in the state of Wisconsin. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Support CSP Send a check to:
Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631
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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.
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