Throwing Away $252,300? Really?

Throwing Away $252,300? Really?

The devil’s in the details of course, but if this math is even close it makes no sense. Now we know that the Natural Resources Foundation is getting screwed (Yes, I can say that!) in the Governor’s new budget proposal and to their credit they are actually speaking up about it. But when I looked over their latest email alert (Shared below), I found the most confusing issue and what may be their best argument for funding at the very bottom of the email. I quote:

“For every $1 the Foundation has received from the Capacity Grant since then, we have generated $4, on average, that goes back to the Department of Natural Resources in cash and services.”

O.K. So if this is true, then cutting the $84,100 capacity grant to the NRF will cause an additional loss to the state and the DNR of some (Insert back of napkin math here!), some $252,300! Really? I mean, if you’re a business person, a fiscal conservative, this seems nonsensical doesn’t it? Math says this is a straight up business expense that results in a profit. Thank goodness we still teach economics at the UW right? $242,300 is nothing to ignore. This doesn’t even qualify as “pound wise”.

Listen, for all the other reasons the NRF mentions in the email below; Yes, I love seeing trumpeter swans, whooping cranes and such. I love our State Natural Areas… we should fund the NRF, but really, to the folks calling the shots these days it’s all about the money. If that one quote above is true, The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has a winning hand. We have to fund them. It’s just good business.

Here is the full notice


Budget Alert–Act now!

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s $84,100 capacity grant has been eliminated from the 2015-2017 Wisconsin Budget.

  • Have you connected with our state’s precious woods, wildlife and waters through a Foundation field trip? (More than 36,700 people have!)
  • Do you hunt, hike, or paddle Wisconsin’s State Natural Areas, State Wildlife Areas and Fisheries? (The Foundation has donated more than $3.2 million to manage these lands since our inception in 1987.)
  • Do you enjoy seeing trumpeter swans, whooping cranes, pine martens and wood turtles? (The Foundation has given $1.64 million for the research and monitoring of endangered species in Wisconsin.)

If you said “yes” to any of these questions, then you know how important the Natural Resources Foundation is to ensuring that our state’s wild lands and wildlife are around for generations to come. Since 2000, these programs have been supported by an $84,100 capacity grant from the state.

For every $1 the Foundation has received from the Capacity Grant since then, we have generated $4, on average, that goes back to the Department of Natural Resources in cash and services.

You can help bring back the Foundation’s capacity grant!

1) Please contact your legislators and ask them to restore the Foundation’s capacity grant. Click here for more background information.

Members of the Joint Committee on Finance

Your Senator and Representative (Find Your Legislator)

2) Attend a hearing in your area (list at bottom of page) and express support for the Foundation’s capacity grant. Click here for more background information.

Thank you for your support of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.

For more information, contact me directly at 608-261-4384 or ruth@oppedahl.com.


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