2022 Field Forums

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2022 Wisconsin Field Forums: Experience Conservation in Action

This summer, Wisconsin's Green Fire will host a series of field forums across the state, featuring WGF member experts, together with partners, policy makers, and local stakeholders in the field. These forums will provide a space for sharing ideas, learning from others, and exploring far-reaching solutions to priority conservation issues.

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Wisconsin’s Forever Chemical Crisis – Local Impacts and Community Action  

When: Thursday, June 9th, 2022; 5-7pm

Where: Wausau, WI

What: PFAS are persistent chemicals used in manufacturing that can cause severe health problems and are being discovered in a growing number of Wisconsin communities. On this tour we’ll join Wisconsin’s Green Fire members John Robinson, Meleesa Johnson, and other members of WGF’s Contaminants of Concern Work Group along with local elected officials for a tour and policy discussion at the Wisconsin River in downtown Wausau You’ll learn more about the unique challenges managing and protecting people and our environment from the effects of PFAS in Wisconsin communities.      

 

Protecting Wisconsin’s Waterfronts: Milwaukee Lakefront Tour

When: Thursday, June 16th, 2022; 4-7pm

Where: Milwaukee, WI

What: Join us for an afternoon boat ride along Milwaukee’s historic and picturesque lakefront, learning about the history of Milwaukee’s waterfronts and efforts to protect them for our scenic enjoyment. We'll learn about the long history of industrial, community, and recreational uses, and learn about ongoing efforts to protect the waterfront for scenic enjoyment and public benefits. We will be joined by Historian John Gurda, Michael Cain, co-chair of WGF’s Public Trust and Wetlands work group, Cheryl Nenn, Riverkeeper with Milwaukee’s Riverkeeper, and Rhonda Nordstrom, Water City Program Coordinator with Milwaukee Water Commons.

During and after the boat tour, these experts will discuss the social justice and equity issues related to policy governing access and development of Milwaukee’s waterfronts, including the Public Trust Doctrine, as well as the threats to surrounding water quality and scenic enjoyment. We hope you will join us for an evening on the water!

 

Enbridge Line 5 Oil Pipeline Reroute Tour

When: Friday, June 24th, 2022

Where: Iron County, WI

What: Wisconsin's Green Fire members will join our Enbridge Review Team, Tribal Natural Resources Department staff, and Midwest Environmental Advocates staff for informal discussions and a driving tour of sites in Iron and Ashland County along the path of the proposed oil pipeline reroute.

Paddling and Policy - 50 years of the Clean Water Act on the Wisconsin River

When: Saturday, July 23rd; 12-5PM

Where:  Wisconsin River, Brokaw, WI and Wausau, WI

What: At the time of the 1972 passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA), few water bodies in Wisconsin needed clean up more than the Wisconsin River. Often called America’s hardest working river, the Wisconsin River Valley in the 1970s hosted a heavy concentration of pulp and paper mills, along with no less than 26 hydro-electric dams between Lake Tomahawk and Prairie Du Sac.

On this afternoon flatwater paddling trip between Brokaw and Wausau, we’ll combine leisurely paddling with some rich riverbank discussions about the history of the CWA and its implementation in Wisconsin with our trip leaders Bob Martini, Todd Ambs, and Denny Caneff - all experienced paddlers and longtime river champions.

Please note trip participants should have basic paddling experience and will be expected to bring their own kayaks or canoes. Arrangements for a group shuttle along with lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Co-existing with Wolves – History, Biology, and Policy  

When: Thursday, August 4th, 2PM - Friday, August 5th 10:30AM

Where: Cable, WI

What: Come learn about wolf ecology, wolf monitoring, and the latest issues around wolf policy from Wisconsin wolf experts Adrian Wydeven and Peter David at Forest Lodge near Cable Our topics in the afternoon and the following morning will include presentations and discussions on wolf ecology and Wisconsin wolf policy.  Our evening will include an opportunity to tour wolf packs territories and practice wolf howls in surrounding forests.  The workshop is open to any student or adult interested in wolves and how we co-exist with them.  

Our History Meets Our Future - Land Conservation and Climate Resilience in the Coon Valley Watershed

When: Thursday, August 11th; 11AM-3PM

Where:  Coon Valley, WI - Vernon and Monroe Counties

What: Our tour will explore the lands where Coon Valley made conservation history. And we’ll tour farms and lands in Vernon and Monroe County where today’s land stewards are meeting new challenges caused by climate change. Our Tour leaders Bob Micheel, Ben Wojahn, and Curt Meine bring together a unique wealth of conservation experience and conservation history. We’ll end the tour with shade and refreshments where we’ll continue the day long discussion of what yesterday’s lessons and today’s challenges demand from all of us as conservationists.