Annual Meeting Agenda

Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) 2018 Annual Meeting
The Art of Effective Science Communications – Reaching Outside the Echo Chamber
September 7-9, 2018
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The goal of this meeting is to bring WGF members together to gain insights to effectively communicate science and policy to a variety of audiences. Work group chairs will present their short term priorities to members and engage in discussion on how to use the volunteer expertise of WGF to engage with key audiences. We also look forward to the camaraderie of connecting with our WGF state-wide network of friends and colleagues!

Friday Sept 7, 2018

Afternoon Field Trips – Meet at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (NGLVC) (register in advance)

1:00 – 4:00 pm Frog Bay Tribal National Park hike with Chad Abel and Gabrielle VanBergen, Treaty Natural Resources and Environmental Depts, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
1:00 – 4:00 pm Paddle the Pearls Estuary Ed-Venture kayak trip (Fish Creek Sloughs) with Cathy Techtmann, UW Extension

Optional Work Group meetings at NGLVC (to be announced)

Dinner and Big Top Chautauqua Performance (register in advance)

5:30 pm – Dinner at Big Top
7:00 pm – Performance – Wild Woods and Waters – Join the Blue Canvas Orchestra for stories, songs, and images of our flora, fauna, and greatest natural resources. From the rivers to the Great Lakes, and from the wetlands to the forests, this show is a celebration of these gifts and a renewed call to keep them safe for future generations.

Saturday Sept 8, 2017

Annual Membership Meeting – Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

8:45 – 9:15 am Check in
9:15 am Welcome – Wisconsin’s Green Fire Year in Review

9:45 am – Key Note Address and Discussion – “Red Notes for Green Fire: Cultivating Relationships with Indigenous Allies” Dr. Patty Loew, Director of Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University and professor in the Medill School of Journalism

10:30 am Break

10:45 am – Panel Discussion – “Communicating to Key Audiences”
Dr. Robert Griffin, Professor Emeritus in Journalism and Media Studies, Diedrich College of Communication, Marquette University
Paul DeMain, Editor, News from Indian Country
Susan Hedman, Counsel for Clean Wisconsin
Dean Bortz, Editor, WI Outdoor News

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – Panel Discussions – Work Group Chairs – Short Term Priorities for the WGF Work Groups:
Audience Q/A – Discussion on Communication Strategies and Ways to Engage WGF Volunteers

1:45 pm – Break

2:00 pm – Panel Discussions – Work Group Chairs (continued)

2:45 pm– Recap Key Actions and Suggestions

3:15 pm– Member Vote on WGF 2018-2019 Board of Directors, Officers, and Bylaws changes

4:00 pm– Closing Comments

5:00 pm – Happy Hour – The Alley at Deepwater Grill, pizza buffet dinner option

Sunday Sept 9, 2018

Morning Field Trips – Meet at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (NGLVC) (Register in advance)

9:00 – 12:00 am Post-Flood Watershed Analysis and Culvert Restoration field visits with Kevin Brewster, Superior Rivers Watershed Association

9:00 – 2:00 pm Wetlands of the Penokee Hills hike with Tracy Hames, WI Wetlands Association

Optional Work Group meetings at NGLVC (to be announced)


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