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September & October 2023
2023 Conservation Socials
Join us for our annual conservation socials at seven locations around the state this fall! Come connect and socialize while enjoying local drinks and food, all in the name of preserving Wisconsin's natural resources.
During each social, you'll have the opportunity to learn about WGF's impactful work and discover how you can get involved. Students and early-career professionals are welcome, as is anyone who cares about conservation!
May 2, 2023
2023 'PFAS in Wisconsin: Policy and Practice for Local Government Leaders' Conference
Over 100 local government leaders attended the PFAS in Wisconsin: Policy and Practice for Local Government Leaders conference hosted by Wisconsin’s Green Fire in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension, the Wisconsin Towns Association, the Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, and Wisconsin Counties Association. The collaborative workshop prepared local leaders to understand, respond, and act to protect their communities from the risks of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFAS, or the “forever chemicals.”
View the presentations and more information here.
View the recordings of all sessions here.
January 10, 2023
Imbalance of Power League of Women Voters Webinar
On January 10th, 18 Wisconsin League of Women Voters chapters hosted a webinar that focused on WGF's recent report, Imbalance of Power: How Wisconsin is Failing Citizens in Conserving Natural Resources and Protecting our Environment. The program highlighted the shift of power that has occurred over the last 10 years between state’s three branches of government—legislative, executive, and judicial—established in the constitution as co-equal branches. The panelists used examples to illustrate the impacts of the shift, and outline specific actions and policy changes to help bring back the balance of power in Wisconsin.
- Fred Clark: WGF Executive Director
- Paul Heinen: WGF Legislative Liaison
- Mark Thimke: Environmental Attorney
November 15, 2022
WGF 2022 Annual Meeting
On November 15, 2022, Wisconsin’s Green Fire held our Annual Meeting and five-year anniversary celebration via Zoom! During the meeting, we shared updates on WGF’s work in the past year, reflected on conservation successes across Wisconsin, and shared plans for the year ahead. Some highlights include:
- Two members of our Aspiring Conservation Professionals Work Group shared how WGF has helped them in their careers in conservation.
- Five expert members shared recent conservation successes across Wisconsin, and updates on WGF work in PFAS, wolves, agriculture, energy policy, and public trust issues. View Adrian Wydeven's presentation slides here.
- WGF's Executive Director Fred Clark and Legislative Liaison Paul Heinen shared updates on the implications of the most recent state election, and WGF’s recent Imbalance of Power Opportunities Now report.
Our assessment of "the 350 goal" for wolves examines this contentious population goal originating from the WDNR's 1999 wolf management plan. The report outlines the original intent and history of the 350 goal, changes in scientific understanding and public attitudes toward the wolf population in the state, wolf depredation on domestic animals, and future management of gray wolves in Wisconsin.
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