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  • Wetlands Mitigation Bill Moves Forward

  • Thriving Paper Industry

  • Ways to Explore Calumet County

  • Voting for Your Favorite State Park

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Ron's Recap: August 16, 2019

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Do you know a first responder who has gone above and beyond the call of duty? Nominate them for First Responder of the Year! You can nominate someone for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: a specific heroic action, a significant professional achievement, or their length of service.
The winner will be invited to Madison in October to participate in a Hometown Hero ceremony. First responders include law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and EMS personnel (paramedics, EMTs, volunteer first responders).
Please fill out the nomination form here and e-mail the completed form to Rep.Tusler@legs.wi.gov or mail to “Rep. Ron Tusler, P.O. Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708.”

 Wetlands Mitigation Bill Moves Forward

This week, the Assembly Committee on Environment heard testimony on my bipartisan bill enhancing wetland mitigation in Wisconsin. Currently, there are three ways mitigation can occur. First, when there is an allowable wetland disruption, the developer may purchase “credit” from an existing wetland.  However, if the developer chooses, they can participate in the DNR’s In-Lieu-Fee program or build their own wetland. All three are common.  The problem Wisconsin faces is that we do not have enough wetland credits to meet demand.

 

My bill will incentivize the creation of more wetlands in Wisconsin and benefit the environment, especially in developed and developing areas where the ecological benefits of wetlands are needed the most.  My bill is proof that we can protect our environment and promote business growth.

Read my testimony and watch my video for additional information.

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 Thriving Paper Industry in Wisconsin

After taking a hit during the financial downturn a decade ago, Wisconsin's paper industry has rebounded and is once again thriving. 

Wisconsin employs the highest number of paper industry workers of any state, with more than 30,000 people and an estimated economic output of more than $18 billion.

Success from local paper mills, like Midwest Paper Group in Combined Locks, were featured in a recent Wisconsin Public Radio feature. Click here or on the image below to read the whole store. 

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Ways to Explore Calumet County

Calumet County may be known as the "quiet side of the lake", but it offers lots of fun and exciting activities for people of all ages! Calumet County is a good kind of quiet, with trails for hiking, observation towers for climbing, caves for crawling around in, and, of course, a lake for fishing.

It’s also the “Supper Club Capital of the Midwest,” with about a dozen supper clubs in the county proper and 30 total in the region. In other words, come hungry.

 

What is your favorite thing to do in Calumet County? I love hiking, biking, and climbing the observation tower at High Cliff State Park. There is still time this year to get outdoors and explore before it gets too cold! 

To see some highlights of things you can do in Calumet County, click here.  

Voting for Your Favorite State Park

Do you love High Cliff State Park? Now is your chance to tell the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks what you like best about High Cliff State Park or any other state park in Wisconsin by voting for your favorite state park with the best features! The winning parks will be honored with the Gold Seal Award by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. Click here or on the image below to vote for your favorites! 

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