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The Bike Fed recently joined 57 other organizations, including environmental groups, local governments and other forms of recreation, encouraging Governor Evers to extend support for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program (KNSP). Specifically, we are requesting that the KNSP be authorized for another 10 years – and that funding levels for land conservation be restored.

Why is the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program important to those of us who ride bicycles? In addition to conserving land that filters water and air, sequesters carbon, mitigates floods, and provides wildlife habitat – the KNSP provides funds for development and rehabilitation of trails and trail linkages, construction of trailside and trailhead facilities, and acquisition of easements or property for trails.

Fox River and trestle bike bridge with bushes in foreground

KNSP projects can be found in 71 of the 72 counties in the state – and nearly everyone in Wisconsin lives within five miles of a KNSP investment. A list of Knowles-Nelson Development Grants through 2019 can be found on the Gathering Waters website. As well as this nifty tool that allows you to make your own postcard to show your support for the Knowles- Stewardship Stewardship program.

While State budgets are going to be tighter than ever in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsinites are relying heavily on our outdoor spaces to maintain our physical and mental health. The KNSP is the best source of state funding for trails, campgrounds, boating facilities and more. Visit the Bike Fed’s website for additional information on the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and our other 2020 legislative priorities.