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23.094(4) (4)Donations.
23.094(4)(a) (a) The department shall determine the value of land or an easement donated to the department for purposes of this section and for stream bank protection under s. 23.096. For an easement, the valuation shall be based on the extent to which the fair market value of the land is diminished by the transfer. Except as provided in par. (b), an amount of money equal to the value of the donation shall be released from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) or (tz) or both to be used to acquire easements and land under this section and s. 23.096 for the same stream for which any donation was made on or after August 9, 1989. The department shall determine how the moneys being released are to be allocated from these appropriations.
23.094(4)(b) (b) If the moneys allocated under par. (a) for release from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) to match a donation under par. (a) will exceed the annual bonding authority for the subprogram under s. 23.0917 (3) for a given fiscal year, as adjusted under s. 23.0917 (5), the department shall release from the moneys appropriated under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) the remaining amount available under that annual bonding authority, as adjusted under s. 23.0917 (5), for the given fiscal year and shall release in each following fiscal year from the moneys appropriated under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) an amount equal to that annual bonding authority, as adjusted under s. 23.0917 (5), or equal to the amount still needed to match the donation, whichever is less, until the entire amount necessary to match the donation is released.
23.094(5) (5)Other requirements. A stream bank easement acquired under this section or s. 23.096 may require the landowner to seed the land subject to the easement at seeding rates determined by the department in order to establish and maintain perennial cover of either a grass-legume mixture or native grass for the term of the easement, or to plant trees on the land subject to the easement.
23.094(6) (6)Fencing. Beginning July 1, 1990, the department shall pay the cost of purchasing and installing any fencing the department determines to be necessary to protect a priority stream identified under this section for which land or an easement has been acquired on or after August 9, 1989, under this section or s. 23.096.
23.094(7) (7)Stream watch program. The department shall establish a stream watch program to encourage the volunteer activities of community and youth organizations to monitor and improve stream quality and to remove debris, including dead fish, from land adjacent to streams and other bodies of water.
23.094(8) (8)Appropriation. Except as provided in s. 23.0915 (2), the department may not expend from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (tz) more than $1,000,000 for fisheries, for the acquisition of land and easements by the department under this section, for grants under sub. (3g) and for grants for this purpose under s. 23.096 in each fiscal year.
23.094 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 50, Wis. adm. code.
23.095 23.095 Protection of natural resources.
23.095(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
23.095(1)(a) (a) “Damage" means to commit a physical act that unreasonably destroys, molests, defaces, removes or wastes.
23.095(1)(b) (b) “Discharge" has the meaning given in s. 292.01 (3).
23.095(1)(c) (c) “Hazardous substance" has the meaning given in s. 285.01 (21).
23.095(1g) (1g)General prohibition. No person may damage or attempt to damage any natural resource within the state.
23.095(1m) (1m)Prohibition on department land.
23.095(1m)(a)(a) No person may damage or attempt to damage any natural resource or any archaeological feature located on state-owned lands that are under the supervision, management and control of the department except as authorized by the department.
23.095(1m)(b) (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to state-owned lands that are beds of navigable waters.
23.095(2m) (2m)Prohibition on land in Kickapoo valley reserve. No person may damage or attempt to damage any natural resource or archaeological feature located in the Kickapoo valley reserve under s. 41.41 (2).
23.095(3) (3)Penalties.
23.095(3)(a) (a) Any person who violates sub. (1g) shall forfeit not more than $100.
23.095(3)(b) (b) Except as provided in pars. (c) and (d), any person who violates sub. (1m) or (2m) shall forfeit not more than $200.
23.095(3)(c) (c) If a person violates sub. (1m) or (2m) and the violation involves damaging or attempting to damage a natural resource and the violation occurs on land in a state natural area, as defined in s. 23.27 (1) (h), the person shall forfeit not more than $2,000.
23.095(3)(d)1.1. Except as provided in subds. 2. and 3., if a person violates sub. (1m) or (2m) and the violation involves damaging or attempting to damage an archaeological feature, the person shall forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $10,000.
23.095(3)(d)2. 2. Except as provided in subd. 3., if a person violates sub. (1m) or (2m) and the violation involves intentionally damaging or intentionally attempting to damage an archaeological feature, the person shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned for not more than 9 months or both.
23.095(3)(d)3. 3. If a person violates sub. (2m) and the violation involves intentionally damaging or attempting to damage an archaeological feature in the pursuit of commercial gain, the person shall, in addition to the penalty imposed under subd. 2., be fined an amount 2 times the gross value gained or the gross loss caused by the violation, whichever is the greater, plus court costs and the costs of investigation and prosecution, reasonably incurred.
23.095(4) (4)Exceptions.
23.095(4)(a) (a) This section does not apply to any person upon whom liability is imposed under 42 USC 9607 (a) for injury to, destruction of or loss of natural resources within the state.
23.095(4)(b) (b) If a natural resource or archaeological feature is damaged by the discharge of a hazardous substance, this section does not apply to the person who caused the discharge unless the person who caused the discharge did so with the intent to damage the natural resource or archaeological feature or to any other person who possesses or controls the hazardous substance subsequent to the discharge.
23.095 History History: 1975 c. 365; 1995 a. 391; 1997 a. 35, 194.
23.095 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. NR 19.001, Wis. adm. code.
23.0951 23.0951 Wildlife action plan. The department may prepare a state wildlife action plan that identifies which native wildlife species with low or declining populations are most at risk and provides guidance for activities to conserve those species. The plan may not require action by property owners or the department. The department may not require that the plan be used as guidance on official department forms.
23.0951 History History: 2015 a. 358.
23.0953 23.0953 Grants to counties for land acquisition.
23.0953(1)(1)In this section, “nature-based outdoor recreation" has the meaning given by the department by rule under s. 23.0917 (4) (f).
23.0953(2) (2)
23.0953(2)(a)(a) Beginning with fiscal year 2010-11 and ending with fiscal year 2021-22, the department shall establish a grant program under which the department may award a grant to a county for any of the following:
23.0953(2)(a)1. 1. Acquisition of land for a county forest under s. 28.11.
23.0953(2)(a)2. 2. Acquisition of land for a project that promotes nature-based outdoor recreation or conservation and for which the department is requesting the county's assistance.
23.0953(2)(b) (b) Grants under this section shall be awarded from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta), and, for purposes of s. 23.0917, shall be treated as moneys obligated from the subprogram under s. 23.0917 (3).
23.0953(3) (3)Each county receiving a grant under this section shall provide matching funds that equal at least 50 percent of the acquisition costs.
23.0953(4) (4)A county may not convert the land, or any rights in the land, acquired with grant moneys awarded under sub. (2) (a) 2. to a use that is inconsistent with the type of nature-based outdoor recreation or conservation activity for which the grant was awarded unless the natural resources board approves the conversion.
23.0953 History History: 2007 a. 20; 2019 a. 9.
23.0955 23.0955 Assistance to nonprofit conservation organizations.
23.0955(1)(1)In this section, “nonprofit conservation organization" means a nonprofit corporation, a charitable trust or other nonprofit association whose purposes include the acquisition of property for conservation purposes and that is described in section 501 (c) (3) of the internal revenue code and is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (a) of the internal revenue code.
23.0955(2) (2)
23.0955(2)(a)(a) The department shall provide one grant of $75,000 in fiscal year 1996-97 to a nonstock, nonprofit corporation that is described under section 501 (c) (3) or (4) of the internal revenue code and organized in this state if the corporation meets all of the following requirements:
23.0955(2)(a)1. 1. The corporation is exempt from taxation under section 501 (a) of the internal revenue code.
23.0955(2)(a)2. 2. The corporation provides support to nonprofit conservation organizations.
23.0955(2)(a)3. 3. The corporation has a board of directors whose members represent, to the greatest extent practicable, all geographic areas of the state and that has a majority of members who are representatives of nonprofit conservation organizations.
23.0955(2)(a)4. 4. The corporation contributes $25,000 in funds to be used with the grant under this subsection.
23.0955(2)(am) (am) Beginning in fiscal year 1997-98, the department may provide an annual grant to a nonstock, nonprofit corporation that meets all of the qualifications under par. (a).
23.0955(2)(b) (b) A corporation receiving a grant under this subsection shall do all of the following, but shall emphasize the activities described in subds. 1. and 2.:
23.0955(2)(b)1. 1. Assist in the establishment of nonprofit conservation organizations.
23.0955(2)(b)2. 2. Provide technical assistance to nonprofit conservation organizations, especially in the areas of management, receiving federal tax exemptions, conservation easements and real estate transactions.
23.0955(2)(b)2m. 2m. Assist nonprofit conservation organizations in acquiring property for conservation purposes and in managing property acquired for conservation purposes.
23.0955(2)(b)3. 3. Conduct conferences on the topics specified in subd. 2.
23.0955(2)(b)4. 4. Acquire a property for conservation purposes where no other nonprofit conservation organization exists that is willing to assist or capable of effectively assisting in the transfer of the property or that can adequately manage the property after it is acquired.
23.0955(2)(b)5. 5. For each fiscal year, prepare a report detailing the activities for which a grant under this section was expended, describing any property acquired by the corporation and explaining how the acquisition of that property furthers the goal of conservation in the state. Copies of the report shall be submitted to the department and to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2).
23.0955(3) (3)
23.0955(3)(a)(a) During the period beginning on January 1, 2004, and ending on July 1, 2004, the department shall submit a comprehensive report describing the cost of, and accomplishments achieved by, activities funded with grants under this section, commencing with the grants provided in the 1999-2000 fiscal year. The report shall evaluate all of the following:
23.0955(3)(a)1. 1. How grants under this section have furthered the goal of encouraging private resource conservation.
23.0955(3)(a)2. 2. The extent to which grants under this section complement the resource conservation goals of the department.
23.0955(3)(b) (b) The report shall contain a recommendation to the legislature on whether the grant program under this section should be continued, eliminated or revised.
23.0955(3)(c) (c) The report shall be distributed to the speaker of the assembly and the president of the senate under s. 13.172 (3).
23.0955 History History: 1993 a. 343 ss. 17, 19; 1995 a. 459; 1999 a. 9.
23.0956 23.0956 Assistance for private conservation activities.
23.0956(1)(1)From the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (aw), the department shall provide one grant of $85,000 in each fiscal year, beginning with fiscal year 2000-01, to a nonstock, nonprofit corporation that is described under section 501 (c) (3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code and organized in this state if the corporation meets all of the following requirements:
23.0956(1)(a) (a) The corporation is exempt from taxation under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
23.0956(1)(b) (b) The corporation was created to accept and to utilize private contributions made to protect and enhance the state's natural resources.
23.0956(2) (2)A corporation receiving a grant under sub. (1) shall use the grant to do all of the following:
23.0956(2)(a) (a) Encourage private corporations and other private entities to undertake activities, including the contribution of money, that encourage management and restoration of the state's endangered wild animals, wild plants and natural communities.
23.0956(2)(b) (b) Encourage private corporations and other private entities to engage in land management practices that protect and preserve natural resources.
23.0956(2)(c) (c) Provide grants to nonprofit and other groups to encourage education, restoration and management activities to enhance the state's natural resources.
23.0956 History History: 1999 a. 9.
23.0957 23.0957 Annual grants to a nonstock, nonprofit corporation; urban land conservation.
23.0957(1)(1)In this section:
23.0957(1)(a) (a) “Local governmental unit" has the meaning given in s. 23.09 (19) (a) 2.
23.0957(1)(b) (b) “Interested group" means a community group, nonprofit organization or local governmental unit that is interested in acquiring urban land for urban forestry protection, water resource management, conservation, recreation or other urban open space purposes.
23.0957(2) (2)Recipient requirements. The department shall provide one grant of $75,000 in each fiscal year, to a nonstock, nonprofit corporation that meets all of the following requirements:
23.0957(2)(a) (a) The corporation is organized in this state.
23.0957(2)(b) (b) The corporation is described under section 501 (c) (3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code and exempt from taxation under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
23.0957(2)(c) (c) The corporation has a board of directors or an advisory council or both with members who represent one or more urban or urbanizing areas and who collectively have an interest or expertise in all of the following:
23.0957(2)(c)1. 1. Nonprofit organizations.
23.0957(2)(c)2. 2. Business.
23.0957(2)(c)3. 3. Social services.
23.0957(2)(c)4. 4. Land development.
23.0957(2)(c)5. 5. Architecture.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on October 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after October 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-1-19)