2019Annual Meeting Programs


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Friday Oct 4

Registration opens at 10:30 am

Our program starts with lunch at noon

  • Conservation perspectives from the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
  • Join our state’s top experts as we look forward to our future with wolves in Wisconsin
  • Dive into our most important issues with one of our WGF work group sessions
  • Connect with other WGF members at the evening social time – BYO Beverages. Join the juried contest for best locally brewed (or distilled) beverage!
  • Join wildlife biologist Adrian Wydeven on an evening wolf howl

Saturday Oct 5

Registration opens at 7:30 am

Our program starts at 8:30 am and adjourns by 4:00 pm

  • Celebrate our 2019 accomplishments
  • Consider our future as an organization and issues on the horizon
  • Learn from our leaders working on:
  • Climate Change   • Energy Policy
  • Our Public Trust   • Threats to Water Quality
  • Be challenged by our keynote: Culture and Change, Dr. Jennifer Daryl Slack, Michigan Tech University. Learn new skills for carrying our message to the public
  • Vote in our business meeting to elect board members and operational changes
  • Join with fellow Conservation Champions to renew our inspiration for Wisconsin’s environment.

Treehaven is an all-inclusive location for our meeting with many trails and recreational opportunities. All meals are served on-site and reasonably priced lodging is available at Treehaven on Friday night.

Saturday KeynoteCulture and Change

Jennifer Daryl Slack
Distinguished Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies and Director, Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture, Michigan Technological University

The work of major change is both necessary and frustratingly difficult. Jennifer Slack will walk us through a series of propositions about culture and change – with related strategies to encourage the work. The first is on the uneven and contradictory nature of how change happens. Given that change is not necessarily linear, logical, fast, or slow, the second proposition is related to how and where productive work takes place. Doing what you are good at and supporting people who are good at what they do is a better strategy than expecting everyone to be responsible and good at everything. Finally, she will offer insights on the helpful and less than helpful use of social media.

Friday Lunch SpeakerOverview of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)

Jonathan Gilbert
Biological Services Director, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)

Jonathan will provide an overview of GLIFWC, its mission and important priorities, with a focus on the Biological Services Division, and its projects. Jonathan will also discuss how GLIFWC priorities and projects may tie to the mission of Wisconsin’s Green Fire.

Friday Panel DiscussionWolf Delisting and Management

Jonathan Gilbert, GLIFWC            Jodi Habush-Sinykin, Sierra Club

Scott Walter, Wisconsin DNR      Adrian Wydeven, Wisconsins' Green Fire

Wisconsin's Green Fire has evaluated and commented on several proposals about wolf management in Wisconsin. Join our panel of experts for an exploration of the science and values underpinning wolf management in Wisconsin.