Sen. Baldwin touts the importance of federal outdoor program in jeopardy

Wausau (WAOW) – A federal program that experts say is essential to hunting and fishing and other outdoor activities is about to expire, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), said Tuesday that without it Wisconsin could struggle to maintain some of its cherished traditions.

“It is vital,” Baldwin said about the Land and Water Conservation Fund that expires Sept. 30.

Baldwin, who is seeking re-election in November, hosted a round table with about 20 hunters and anglers on the issue of reauthorizing the program, which is financed with royalties from oil and gas drilling on the outer continental shelf.

Supporters said it is important for small communities and one said it’s an “issue just about everyone can agree on.”

Wisconsin has received more than $200 million from the fund in the past 50 years, which has helped protect places like the Ice Age Trail and St. Croix River and ensures hunters have access to public land, Baldwin said.

The senator said she expects the program to be reauthorized but she doesn’t know when.

In a statement, Baldwin’s challenger, Republican Leah Vukmir, said the senator “pretends she’s on the side of our sportsmen.”

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