about Wisconsin's Green Fire



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


Wisconsin’s citizens understand and support scientific and thoughtful long-term management of natural resources, and value the many benefits of clean water, clean air, and healthy ecosystems.

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire: Voices for Conservation was established in 2017 in response to recent developments at the state and national level that threaten science-based practices and long-term vision in natural resources management. Once regarded as a national leader in conservation, Wisconsin’s proud tradition of dedicated stewardship of its land, waters, and wildlife has been severely compromised. A new organization, Wisconsin’s Green Fire: Voices for Conservation (WGF), now seeks to reclaim that tradition of leadership for a new generation.

Our name, Wisconsin's Green Fire, seeks to honor and further the life work of conservation leader Aldo Leopold. Our name does not reflect any formal affiliation with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, or the biographical film Green Fire. We do however share a common cause and commitment to the land ethic that Leopold championed, and to the pursuit and understanding of science in service to conservation.

Who We Are

  • Wisconsins' Green Fire is nonpartisan and independent.
  • Our members represent extensive experience in natural resource management, environmental law and policy, scientific research, and education. Our members have backgrounds in government, non-governmental organizations, universities and colleges and the private sector.  We also have general members who support our work financially or with other skills.
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How We Work

Connecting the public, media, and legislators to science:
Wisconsin’s Green Fire will help local units of government, nonprofit organizations, media, decision makers and citizens get the scientific information they need to address local and regional issues. The group will also be a source for those seeking expertise to bring scientific clarity and scrutiny to contentious and complicated environmental issues.

Supporting a healthy and protected Wisconsin:
Wisconsin's Green Fire supports long-term thinking in the management of Wisconsin’s natural resources.

Supporting conservation in Wisconsin and beyond:
Wisconsin's Green Fire joins in coalitions with environmental and conservation advocacy groups and other organizations in support of our principles and mission.

Engaging the next generation of conservationists:
Wisconsin's Green Fire builds a bridge from our conservation history to the future through outreach and mentoring to young and aspiring conservation professionals and youth in general.