(MADISON) – State Rep. Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie) was once again named a Conservation Champion by the Wisconsin Conservation Voters, earning a 100% rating from the environmental protection group. Hebl has been named a Conservation Champion by the group in 8 of his 9 terms in office. Hebl released the following statement:

I am happy that the Wisconsin Conservation Voters have once again recognized me as a Conservation Champion. One of my top priorities in the Assembly has been to make sure we leave behind a sustainable planet for our children and grandchildren.

As a Wisconsinite, these issues are near and dear to my heart. Our state has traditionally been a national leader in environmental and conservation issues. Wisconsin’s legacy stretches back from our state’s beginnings through influential conservationists such as John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Gaylord Nelson.

While the current majority party spurns important conservation issues, we must remember that there are still people willing to fight for what’s right in our state. The direction of environmental protection has certainly improved since Governor Evers took office, but there is more work to do. We must continue to elect leaders in Wisconsin that will commit to prioritizing environmental concerns like ensuring clean water and clean air, and combatting climate change.

I would like to again thank the Wisconsin Conservation Voters for naming me a Conservation Champion. It has been an honor to fight for the environment in the Wisconsin Legislature and I am eternally grateful to be recognized for that effort.

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