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Rep. Taylor and Sen. Erpenbach introduce RESPECT Women Act to Protect and Enhance Women’s Health

Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) joined the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, medical professionals, and other reproductive health advocates, to announce the introduction of the RESPECT Women Act. This package of bills establishes a patient’s right to receive, and a physician’s right to provide, medically accurate information and protects women’s ability to make their own personal, private health care decisions.


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DHS: State Health Agency Offers Tips for Travelers in Response to COVID-19

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging people who are planning trips and returning travelers to pay attention to guidance for travel provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to avoid catching or spreading COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus).

For travelers who develop symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of leaving the country with a level 2 or 3 notice:

  • Call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • If you have a face mask, wear it if you need to be around other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.

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Community Programs and Announcements 

DATCP Update: Nomination Period Open for Dairy Farmers of WI

Wisconsin dairy producers interested in serving the state's dairy industry have until March 31 to submit a nomination form to represent their district as a Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW) director. 

To qualify, a nominee must be an active dairy producer who sells milk into commercial channels and lives in the represented district up for election. Each potential candidate must acquire at least five signatures from active dairy producers within the district, submit a completed nomination form, and have the Affidavit of Eligibility certification requirement notarized.

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DNR Updates: 



  • Ice anglers are reminded of upcoming deadlines for the removal of permanent ice fishing shelters (not removed from the ice daily) from state waters.  Ice fishing shelters on lakes south of Highway 64 must be removed by Sunday, March 8th.  North of Highway 64, the deadline is Sunday, March 15th.  Anglers can continue to use portable shelters as long as conditions warrant and if those shelters are removed from the ice daily.


  • With warmer days ahead, now is a great time to check out programs and events being held at State Parks and recreational properties around the state.  DNR’s Get Outdoors! event calendar can help you plan your next outdoor adventure


  • Comment on draft Forest Action Plan by March 23: 

    At this time, the DNR is requesting input on the draft 2020 WI Forest Action Plan. You can find the draft here [PDF].

    Please provide feedback to Amanda Koch ( by March 23.

    Learn more here. 

Update from the Sauk Prarie Conservation Alliance - March Events 

 Wednesday, March 11:  Badger Lands Open House to inform the public regarding land management occurring on the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant

A spring Badger Lands Open House will be held at the UW-Baraboo Sauk County (Jenny Eddy Room, 1006 Connie Road, Baraboo) on Wednesday, March 11 from 6-8 pm. Representatives from the Ho-Chunk Nation, US Dairy Forage Research Center, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Bluffview Sanitary District will provide updates and be available to answer questions. Join us to learn more about the landowners, current projects, and future land management and recreation projects planned for the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant landscape.  

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, March 14.  Volunteer Work Day.  Join us on Saturday, March 14th for our first “Work Day” of the season.  Due to uncertain conditions on the ground at Badger, we will rendezvous at the SPCA office (520 Water Street, Sauk City) at 9am to discuss restoration priorities for the 2020 season, and to assemble a set of “herbicide wands” for dabbing herbicide onto cut stems of invasive brush.  If we have time we may head to Badger to do an inventory of equipment. We will provide all of the components for the herbicide wands.  Just join us!

Thursday, March 19.  Alliance Annual Meeting (5:45pm to 6:00pm) and “Conservation Conversations” featured at "We Are Sauk Prairie" program (6:30pm).  Ruth Culver Library, 540 Water Street, Prairie du Sac.  This evening we feature “Conservation Conversations” with local conservation leaders sharing their perspectives on the potential impact to our region’s natural resources due to a changing climate.Our monthly program series is sponsored with a grant through Alliant Energy Foundation.  The programs are free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

Friday, March 27.  Wild Apple Trees at Badger – pruning workshop.  Our “Badger Apple Corps” project entails preserving the old apple trees of Badger “in situ,” meaning we try to preserve these trees through careful clearing and pruning.  With apple expert Dan Bussey and Apple Corps coordinator Curt Meine, we will host an apple tree pruning workshop on Friday, March 27th at Badger.

Interested?  Join us at 10:00am at the Badger Museum parking lot on the Hwy 12 entrance to Badger.  Wear layers of clothing appropriate to the weather, work gloves and good shoes or boots.  Bring a bow saw, lopper or pruning shears if you have them; otherwise we will provide equipment.  Bring a lunch, as we’ll be out until 3pm that day.

Saturday, March 28.  The Alliance will host its fourth annual apple grafting workshop on Saturday, March 28th from 1:00pm until 4:00pm.  We will meet at Park Hall (307 Polk Street, Sauk City).  As always, apple expert Dan Bussey will lead the workshop.  We’ll provide all materials for this workshop.  Grafters will have an opportunity to take a grafted tree home with them!


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