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23.0957(3)(b) (b) Conduct conferences on the topics listed in par. (a).
23.0957(3)(c) (c) Assist community groups, nonprofit organizations and local governmental units in acquiring urban property for open space purposes and in restoring urban property acquired for conservation, recreation and other open space purposes.
23.0957(3)(d) (d) For each fiscal year, prepare a report detailing the activities for which a grant under sub. (2) is expended. Copies of the report shall be submitted to the department and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature, as determined by the speaker of the assembly and the president of the senate.
23.0957(4) (4)A corporation receiving a grant under sub. (2) may acquire urban property for conservation, recreation and other open space purposes.
23.0957 History History: 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16.
23.096 23.096 Grants to nonprofit conservation organizations.
23.096(1)(1)In this section:
23.096(1)(ag) (ag) “Nonprofit conservation organization" has the meaning given in s. 23.0955 (1).
23.096(1)(b) (b) “Property" means land or an interest in land.
23.096(2) (2)
23.096(2)(a)(a) The department may award grants from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) or (tz) to nonprofit conservation organizations to acquire property for all of the purposes described in ss. 23.09 (2) (d) 1. to 7., 9., 11., 12. and 15., (19), (20) and (20m), 23.092, 23.094, 23.17, 23.175, 23.27, 23.29, 23.293, 30.24 and 30.277.
23.096(2)(b) (b) Except as provided in sub. (2m), a grant awarded under this section may not exceed 50 percent of the acquisition costs of the property.
23.096(2m) (2m)Notwithstanding sub. (2) (b), in each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2010-11 and ending with fiscal year 2021-22, the department may award grants under this section that equal up to 75 percent of the acquisition costs of the property if the natural resources board determines that all of the following apply:
23.096(2m)(a) (a) That the property is uniquely valuable in conserving the natural resources of the state.
23.096(2m)(b) (b) That delaying or deferring the acquisition until 50 percent of the acquisition costs are procured by the nonprofit conservation organization is not reasonably possible.
23.096(2m)(c) (c) That sufficient bonding authority remains in the amount set aside under s. 23.0917 (3) (br) for that fiscal year after awarding grants to nonprofit conservation organizations that meet the matching requirement under sub. (2) (b).
23.096(3) (3)In order to receive a grant under this section, the nonprofit conservation organization shall enter into a contract with the department that contains all of the following provisions:
23.096(3)(a) (a) Standards for the management of the property to be acquired.
23.096(3)(b) (b) A prohibition against using the property to be acquired as security for any debt unless the department approves the incurring of the debt.
23.096(3)(bn) (bn) A prohibition against property acquired in fee simple being closed to the public unless the department determines it is necessary to protect wild animals, plants or other natural features.
23.096(3)(c) (c) A clause that any subsequent sale or transfer of the property to be acquired is subject to subs. (4) and (5).
23.096(4) (4)
23.096(4)(a)(a) The nonprofit conservation organization may subsequently sell or transfer the acquired property to a 3rd party other than a creditor of the organization if all of the following apply:
23.096(4)(a)1. 1. The department approves the subsequent sale or transfer.
23.096(4)(a)2. 2. The party to whom the property is sold or transferred enters into a new contract with the department that contains the provisions under sub. (3).
23.096(4)(b) (b) The nonprofit conservation organization may subsequently sell or transfer the acquired property to satisfy a debt or other obligation if the department approves the sale or transfer.
23.096(5) (5)If the nonprofit conservation organization violates any essential provision of the contract, title to the acquired property shall vest in the state.
23.096(6) (6)The instrument conveying the property to the nonprofit conservation organization shall state the interest of the state under sub. (5). The contract entered into under sub. (3) and the instrument of conveyance shall be recorded in the office of the register of deeds of each county in which the property is located.
23.0962 23.0962 Grant to a nonprofit conservation organization for Black Point Estate.
23.0962(1)(1)If the department of administration acquires as a gift the property, known as Black Point Estate, that is located on Lake Geneva in the county of Walworth, town of Linn, in fractional Sec. 8, T. 1 N., R. 17 E., and if the joint committee on finance approves the gift under s. 20.907 (1), the department of natural resources shall make a grant of $1,800,000, from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (cq), to a nonprofit conservation organization that meets all of the following requirements:
23.0962(1)(a) (a) The nonprofit conservation organization is a nonprofit corporation, a charitable trust or other nonprofit association that is described in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is exempt from federal tax under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
23.0962(1)(b) (b) The nonprofit conservation organization has, as its primary purpose, the preservation of the property known as Black Point Estate.
23.0962(1)(c) (c) The nonprofit conservation organization has a board of directors that consists of representatives of the state, of the family who donated Black Point Estate to the state, of local units of government that have an interest in Black Point Estate and of civic organizations that have an interest in Black Point Estate.
23.0962(1)(d) (d) The nonprofit conservation organization acquires a conservation easement in the property, the terms of which are subject to approval of the department of natural resources, to be held by the organization for the purpose of preserving Black Point Estate.
23.0962(1)(e) (e) The nonprofit conservation organization makes a commitment, with guarantees determined to be adequate by the department of natural resources, to use the grant under this section and any additional funds donated to the organization to fund an endowment for the operation and maintenance of Black Point Estate.
23.0962(2) (2)If the nonprofit conservation organization does not use the grant under this section in the manner required under sub. (1) (e), the nonprofit conservation organization shall reimburse the department in an amount equal to the grant.
23.0962(3) (3)
23.0962(3)(a)(a) In this subsection:
23.0962(3)(a)1. 1. “Local governmental unit" means county or town.
23.0962(3)(a)2. 2. “Special zoning permission" has the meaning given in s. 59.69 (15) (g).
23.0962(3)(b) (b) Notwithstanding s. 18.04 (1) and (2), the building commission may authorize public debt to be contracted, and the department may make a grant from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (cq), for the property known as Black Point Estate only if all of the following apply:
23.0962(3)(b)1. 1. A substantially completed application for any necessary special zoning permission for the property has been submitted before December 1, 1999, to the applicable local governmental unit.
23.0962(3)(b)2. 2. The necessary special zoning permission, based on the application submitted before December 1, 1999, is granted.
23.0962 History History: 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9.
23.0963 23.0963 Acquisition of the Canadian Pacific Railway corridor. From the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) and subject to s. 23.0917 (5g) (d) 2. b., the department shall use the amount necessary, but not more than $1,000,000, to acquire the railway corridor known as the Canadian Pacific Railway corridor in Racine County, beginning at approximately Vandenboom Road in the town of Dover and extending northeast approximately 13 miles to CTH “H” in the village of Sturtevant.
23.0963 History History: 2017 a. 59.
23.0965 23.0965 Payments to Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
23.0965(1)(1)The department of natural resources shall enter into an agreement with Ducks Unlimited, Inc., to make payments from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (au) to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., to fund its conservation efforts in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
23.0965(2) (2)The agreement under sub. (1) shall require that Ducks Unlimited, Inc., annually submit to the attorney general and the presiding officer of each house of the legislature an audited financial statement of its use of the payments under sub. (1), prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
23.0965(3) (3)Payments to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., under sub. (1) shall be discontinued by the department if Ducks Unlimited, Inc., dissolves or is no longer exempt from taxation under section 501 (c) of the Internal Revenue Code.
23.0965 History History: 1999 a. 92.
23.097 23.097 Urban forestry grants.
23.097(1)(1)In this section, a “nonprofit organization" means an organization that is described in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
23.097(1g) (1g)The department shall award grants to counties, cities, villages, towns, and nonprofit organizations for up to 50 percent of the cost of tree management plans, tree inventories, brush residue projects, the development of tree management ordinances, tree disease evaluations, public education concerning trees in urban areas and other tree projects.
23.097(1r) (1r)In addition to the grants awarded under sub. (1g), the department may award grants to counties, cities, village, towns, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Indian tribes or bands that apply for the grants for the costs of removing, saving, and replacing trees that have been damaged by catastrophic storm events in urban areas. To be eligible for a grant under this subsection, the damage must have occurred in an area for which the governor has designated a state of emergency due to a catastrophic storm event. The department shall notify each applicant for a grant under this subsection as to whether the application for the grant will be approved or denied within 60 days after the date the application is submitted to the department. A recipient of a grant awarded under this subsection is exempt from having to pay any percentage of the costs in order to receive the grant.
23.097 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. NR 47.950, Wis. adm. code.
23.097(2) (2)The department shall promulgate rules establishing criteria for awarding grants under this section.
23.097 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. NR 47.50, Wis. adm. code.
23.098 23.098 Grants for property development on properties owned by the department.
23.098(1)(1)In this section:
23.098(1)(ag) (ag) “Department property" means an area of real property that is owned by the state, that is under the jurisdiction of the department and that is used for one of the purposes specified in s. 23.09 (2) (d).
23.098(1)(b) (b) “Friends group" means a nonstock, nonprofit corporation 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 that is organized to raise funds for a department property.
23.098(1)(c) (c) “Nonprofit conservation organization" has the meaning given in s. 23.0955 (1).
23.098(2) (2)The department shall establish a program to make grants from the appropriations under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) and (tz) to friends groups and nonprofit conservation organizations for projects for property development activities on department properties. The department may not encumber more than $250,000 in each fiscal year for these grants.
23.098(3) (3)The department shall promulgate rules to establish criteria to be used in determining which property development activities are eligible for these grants.
23.098(4) (4)
23.098(4)(a)(a) The department shall periodically prepare a list of projects on department properties that are eligible for grants under this section and shall include in the list the estimated cost of each project.
23.098(4)(am) (am) In awarding grants under this section for eligible projects, the department shall establish a system under which the grants are offered to eligible friends groups before being offered to eligible nonprofit conservation organizations.
23.098(4)(b) (b) The department may not encumber more than $20,000 for grants under this section for a department property in each fiscal year.
23.098(5) (5)Each friends group and nonprofit conservation organization receiving a grant under this section shall provide matching funds that are equal to at least 50 percent of the cost of the project for which a grant is being provided.
23.098(6) (6)For purposes of s. 23.0915 (1), moneys encumbered or expended for grants under this section shall be treated as moneys encumbered or expended for general property development.
23.098 History History: 1991 a. 39; 1993 a. 461; 1997 a. 313; 1999 a. 9.
23.099 23.099 Grants for property development relating to wetland mitigation.
23.099(1)(1)In this section:
23.099(1)(a) (a) “Department land” has the meaning given under s. 281.37 (1) (a).
23.099(1)(b) (b) “Nonprofit organization" means an organization that is described in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
23.099(2) (2)The department shall establish a program to make grants from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) to nonprofit organizations for property development activities relating to wetlands created, restored, or enhanced under a wetland mitigation grant under s. 281.37 on department land. Property development activities for which a grant under this section may be awarded include those that increase public access to, awareness about, or recreational use of the new, restored, or enhanced wetland, or that improve habitat in, on, or near, the new, restored, or enhanced wetland.
23.099(3) (3)A nonprofit organization that applies for a grant under this section shall submit the application at the same time that it submits an application for a grant under s. 281.37. The department shall make its determination with respect to both grants at the same time, and may only award a grant under this section if it also awards a grant under s. 281.37.
23.099(4) (4)A grant awarded under this section may not exceed 10 percent of the amount of the related grant awarded under s. 281.37. The department may not issue the grant funding under this section to the grantee until the grantee has certified that the project funded by the grant under s. 281.37 is complete.
23.099 History History: 2017 a. 183.
23.10 23.10 Conservation wardens.
23.10(1)(1)The department of natural resources shall secure the enforcement of all laws which it is required to administer and bring, or cause to be brought, actions and proceedings in the name of the state for that purpose. The persons appointed by said department to exercise and perform the powers and duties heretofore conferred and imposed upon deputy fish and game wardens, shall be known as conservation wardens and shall be subject to ch. 230.
23.10(2) (2)Whenever the county board of any county by resolution authorizes the appointment of county conservation wardens, and fixes the number of the same, the chairperson of the county board, district attorney and county clerk, acting as a board of appointment, shall select the persons for such positions and certify their names to the department of natural resources which shall, if in its judgment such persons are competent and efficient, issue to them commissions as county conservation wardens. Such wardens have, within their county, all the powers and duties of conservation wardens. Their compensation shall be fixed by the county board in the resolution authorizing their appointment and be paid out of the county treasury.
23.10(4) (4)All conservation wardens shall, before exercising any of their powers, be provided with a commission issued by the department of natural resources under its seal, substantially as follows:
State of Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources.
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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 August 19, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 19, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-19-19)