Welcome to Wisconsin's Green Fire: Voices for Conservation

Wisconsin’s Green Fire supports our conservation legacy by promoting science-based management of natural resources.

This September, Wisconsin's Green Fire hosted six Conservation Socials across the state, offering WGF members and conservation enthusiasts a chance to connect and socialize.

Announcing Our Newest Opportunities Now 2.0 Report

Imbalance of Power: How Wisconsin is Failing Citizens in Conserving Natural Resources and Protecting our Environment 

The paper addresses the collective effects of state legislative actions, court rulings, and political practices that have undermined democratic processes and profoundly changed the way state government in Wisconsin operates.

Today, instead of a robust balancing of public interests among stakeholders, a small number of groups representing industry, real-estate, and some agricultural interests now exercise a high level of influence over environmental programs, with direct implications for the health and welfare of Wisconsin citizens.

The decade-long failure to take effective actions to address these issues is affecting health and quality of life and creating a growing financial burden to Wisconsin residents throughout the state.

The report includes these critical findings:

  • The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board remains effectively captured by a majority of members appointed during a previous administration because one member refuses to step down 14 months after his term has ended.
  • The Joint Committee on Review of Administration Rules in the Wisconsin Legislature holds an extraordinarily high level of oversight and control over the fate of environmental and conservation programs.
  • Although they were once an important tool for managing a broad range of conservation and environmental programs, developing Administrative Rules in Wisconsin is no longer a functional process for addressing important conservation or environmental issues.
  • A growing number of Wisconsin citizens are losing faith in the ability of state government to create solutions to our greatest environmental challenges.

recent events

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May 12, 2022

Wisconsin's Clean Energy Plan - Opportunities for Wisconsin's Green Fire Impact Webinar

On May 12, 2022, Wisconsin's Green Fire hosted a webinar with WGF Energy Work Group member Keith Reopelle, moderated by Energy Work Group co-chair Gary Radloff. In this 75-minute webinar, Keith discussed Wisconsin's first clean energy plan (CEP). The CEP, released on April 20, 2022, puts Wisconsin on the path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050. The plan prioritizes the core values of justice, equity, and collective action, and emphasizes four key pathways for creating momentum towards achieving a clean energy economy: accelerate clean energy technology deployment, maximize energy efficiency, modernize buildings and industry, and innovate transportation.

Keith also serves as the Advanced Program and Policy Analyst with the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy (OSCE), and was one of the lead authors of the CEP. The webinar included Keith's presentation on strategies presented in the CEP, and an engaging discussion with webinar attendees about how WGF can best support these strategies through its own work.

View the recording here
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January 27, 2022

Confessions of a Recovering Bureaucrat: A WGF Conversation with Todd Ambs

There are few people in the history of Wisconsin conservationists who've served in as many roles as effectively as Todd Ambs. Todd retired in December as the Deputy Secretary of Wisconsin DNR, capping an over 40-year career in and around the waters of the Great Lakes and beyond. In his latest role serving in the Evers administration, Todd led one of Wisconsin's largest state agencies. He navigated controversial issues such as wolf hunting and PFAS contamination, as well as intensely partisan events around conservation governance, with the last two years of that time during the midst of a global pandemic.

In this free-wheeling conversation with WGF Executive Director Fred Clark, Todd shares his reflections on his career in conservation in Wisconsin and beyond, and his hopes for the future of conservation governance in Wisconsin. 

View the recording here

recent work

Monroe County Climate Readiness and Rural Economic Opportunity Assessment

Wisconsin’s Green Fire and partners launched the Monroe County Climate Readiness and Rural Economic Opportunity Assessment (CRREOA) in Monroe County, Wisconsin in May, 2021 and completed the current project in February 2022.

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2021 Annual Report

Wisconsin's Green Fire recently released it's first Annual Report, documenting accomplishments in 2021 and recognizing donors who provided financial support in 2021.

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Opportunities Now Reports

Wisconsin's Green Fire has released four Opportunities Now reports in 2021, each outlining policy recommendations on various natural resource topics across Wisconsin.

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Guides to Oil Pipeline Regulation in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Green Fire has partnered with Midwest Environmental Advocates to develop a series of guides to oil pipeline regulation in Wisconsin.

Link to the Guides >

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