Three resolutions were up for consideration and voted on at our annual meeting on March 16, 2018, in Lake Geneva.
They are 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. These resolutions passed as is at the March 16, 2018 Business Meeting.
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
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.
Resolutions #1 and #3 were adopted at our annual business meeting on March 4, 2016; Resolution #2 was defeated. View the final Resolutions.
#1 IN SUPPORT OF HAVING THE STATE LEGISLATURE ENACT MEANINGFUL GROUNDWATER PROTECTION LEGISLATION
#2 WISCONSIN LAND+WATER CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDS STATE LEGISLATORS REVIEW CHAPTER 90 OF THE WISCONSIN STATUTES REGARDING FENCING
#3 REGARDING THE FUTURE DIRECTION IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES THAT FOCUS ON UNDERSTANDING, PREVENTING, AND RECOVERING FROM POLLINATOR LOSSES
Please follow these guidelines from Robert’s Rules of Order when writing resolutions: On Writing Resolutions
For past resolutions, please contact the WI Land+Water office.