Archive for 2019

Wisconsin Legislators Take on Climate Change

Climate change is part of our daily lives: Wisconsin is warmer and wetter than in the past and its residents are experiencing more frequent extreme storms that cause flooding, damage roads and destroy forests.

Responding to Wisconsin’s changing climate would become a public policy priority through a package of legislative proposals, known as Forward on Climate, …

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Comments on WDNR Chronic Wasting Disease Guidance on Responding to New Detections in Wild Deer – October 2019

Wisconsin has a proud tradition of hunting, especially for white-tailed deer. Wisconsin DNR is responsible for managing deer populations across the state. The appearance of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) threatens both herd health and the hunting tradition as we know it.

While the area of Wisconsin where CWD is considered endemic is growing, most of our state …

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Comments on Cardinal-Hickory Creek High Voltage Transmission Line Federal Environmental Impact Statement

On November 26, 2019 Wisconsin’s Green Fire provided comments to the US Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Commission on the final federal Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek (CHC) high voltage transmission line (hvtl).

The American Transmission Company (ATC), International Transmission Company, ITC Holdings, and Dairyland Power Cooperative, have proposed construction of the …

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Comments on WDNR Draft Ruffed Grouse Management Plan 2020-2030

August 26, 2019

To: Alaina Gerrits, WDNR Assistant Upland Wildlife Ecologist

Subject: Wisconsin’s Green Fire Review of Draft Ruffed Grouse Management Plan, 2020 -2030

Thank you for the opportunity to offer our comments on the draft ruffed grouse management plan. Our wildlife work group membership has extensive experience in the conservation of this species and are very interested …

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Comments on WDNR Northeast Sands Regional Master Plan

Yoyi Steele
Program & Policy Analyst
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Madison, WI  53707

RE:  Comments on the Northeast Sands Regional Master Plan

August 12, 2019

Dear Ms. Steele,

Wisconsin’s Green Fire: Voices for Conservation (WGF) supports the conservation legacy of Wisconsin by promoting science-based management of its natural resources. Our members have extensive experience in natural resource management, environmental law and …

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Managing Dredged Sediment from Lakes Michigan and Superior

John Robinson testified on Assembly Bill 347 on October 31, 2019 at the Assembly Committee on the Environment. John helped the Committee understand the ramifications of a bill to allow sand dredged from Lakes Michigan and Superior to be exempted from certain solid waste regulations. The bill would relax oversight of placement of dredged material …

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Climate Fast Forward

“Action is needed now.”

In expressing that urgent call to respond quickly to the Earth’s changing climate and its increasingly disruptive and destructive impacts, Dan Vimont captured in a few words the shared commitment of more than 300 Wisconsin residents attending a Nov. 8 Climate Fast Forward conference in Madison.

Vimont, director of the Nelson Institute’s Center …

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Scope of NR 151 – State Rules for Agricultural Practices to Reduce Nitrate Pollution of Groundwater in Sensitive Areas

Wisconsin’s Green Fire’s commented on the scope of NR 151 rule changes to address agricultural practices affecting nitrate pollution of groundwater in sensitive areas, Nitrate in groundwater is a significant concern for public health in Wisconsin. WGF comments stress the importance of agricultural producers, conservationists, and leaders working together to meet the challenge. NR 151 revision is a key state policy to meet the challenge.

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