Resolutions to be considered at the 2019 annual business meeting on March 15, 2019, must be received by Friday, February 1, 2019. Email resolutions as a Word document to Chris Schlutt. As of January 7, three resolutions have been submitted for consideration:
- To Restore 3.6 Million in Funding to UW Extension – North Central Area Association
- Recommend Changes to the Wisconsin Farmland Preservation Program – Southern Area Association
- In Support of Reforming Wisconsin’s Eminent Domain Laws – Southern Area Association
Per the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association bylaws, there is one annual meeting of the association held each fiscal year. One purpose of the annual meeting is to vote on issues or resolutions, and a quorum is required. A quorum consists of at least one representative being present from a majority of Member Counties. A resolution is a formal expression of opinion or intention agreed on by a legislative body, committee or other formal meeting, typically after taking a vote.
Per the WI Land+Water Bylaws, no resolution or other action item may be considered at an annual meeting unless it has been approved by an Area Association and forwarded to the Board of Directors; or it was originated and approved by the Board of Directors; or it has been accepted for consideration by two-thirds (2/3) of the floor votes from members counties present. Any votes that occur at the annual meeting allows for two votes per member county, including one vote representing LCC members and one vote representing county conservation staff. No proxy voting is allowed. A conservation staff person and an LCC Member must be present to cast the respective vote from each county.
Please follow these guidelines from Robert’s Rules of Order when writing resolutions: On Writing Resolutions
Three resolutions were up for consideration and passed as is at the annual business meeting on March 16, 2018, in Lake Geneva.
1) Western Area: Legislative Study for Agricultural Use Value Assessment Protection and Enhancement; 2) Northwest Area: Support for an Increase in the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for County Forest Lands; and 3) Northwest Area: Support for Wetland Protection. View the resolutions.
Three floor resolutions also passed at the WI Land+Water Conservation Association Business Meeting:
Support for the removal of Notice of Intent/Notice of Discharge funds administered by Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection from the allocation funding formula used within the annual Soil and Water Resources Management Grant Program
Five resolutions were adopted at our March 17, 2017 business meeting:
- Support for Groundwater Programs
- Support of Sustainable Farm Managed Grazing Operations
- Petition to allow any bona fide member of the State Association of Conservation Districts, or its equivalent, nominated by that state association, to represent the state as a voting member of the National Association of Conservation Districts
- Maintain Funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
- Protect Wisconsin's Forest Heritage by Preserving the Forestry Mill Tax
For past resolutions, please contact the WI Land+Water office.