Land & Water Conservation
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The Land and Water Conservation Board
The LWCB connects local and state governments on conservation and farmland preservation issues. The board:
- reviews and makes recommendations on county land and water plans.
- recommends how funds are to be allocated to Wisconsin counties to put conservation plans into action.
- provides a forum for discussion of emerging issues related to soil and water conservation.
- approves and grants releases from Farmland Preservation agreements entered into prior to July 1, 2009 (Section 91.19(3), 2007 Wisconsin Statutes).
Chapters 92 and 281.65 of Wisconsin statutes further delineate the LWCB’s program authorities and responsibilities. The LWCB bylaws govern the conduct of its business.
LWCB bylaws (13 page PDF)
The LWCB is composed of three members of county land conservation committees, three state agency leaders, one Governor-appointed member that serves a two-year term, and four Governor-appointed members representing urban, rural, river management, and natural resource preservation areas. Mark Cupp is the chair for the LWCB.
LWCB Members and Advisors (2 page PDF)
LWCB Future Roles and Responsibilities
As directed by 2009 Wisconsin Act 28, Section 9103 4i, the LWCB members and advisors; Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources put together a report on the LWCB Future Roles and Responsibilities. The report was also shared with the public for comment prior to the December 1, 2009, LWCB meeting. The final report can be viewed by clicking here (44 page PDF).
The LWCB has scheduled meetings for the following dates in 2013: