Governor Jim Doyle says the state's conservation efforts are heading in the right direction, but it's being done in spite of the state legislature.
After speaking at a conservation congress meeting in Mosinee today, Doyle says he has been disappointed by the legislature's attempt to make cuts to the state's Stewardship Fund.
"The legislature, for some reason they never really explained, went after the Stewardship Fund and tried to gut it, which would have meant we never would have been able to make the purchase of the Rainbow Flowage," said Doyle.
The Rainbow Flowage is a area of land that includes 60 miles of river shoreline through Oneida and Vilas counties.
The state is purchasing that land for preservation. Lumber companies had previously owned it.