Environment : Multi-issue

WGF work on issues and evaluation of projects that have a variety of environmental and social ramifications.

Information for WI Voters – August 13 Partisan Primary

Mix of Sun and Clouds, Perch Lake, Chequamegon National Forest

August 2024 Partisan Primary Constitutional Amendments:
Adding Obstacles to the Allocation of Federal Monies

Madison skyline from Lake Mendota. Credit: Michael Cain

As we head into the summer of 2024, much of the current political and media attention is focused on the November election and its impact on the future of our country. First, however, …

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WGF Submits Comments on Vista Sands Solar Farm DEIS

Photovoltaic panels, Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Wisconsin’s Green Fire sends comment letter to the Public Service Commission (PSC).

We submitted our organizational comment letter on PSC Docket Number 9820-CE-100 on June 14, 2024. In this letter, experts from our Climate and Energy, Fisheries, and Wildlife Work Groups collaborated to provide a detailed set of comments on the 147-page Draft Environmental Impact …

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The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin: Now Back in Print!

For too long, The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin was out of print.

Not anymore! Wisconsin’s Green Fire has succeeded in reviving The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin as a paperback series. Chapters are available for purchase from Amazon! 

Click here for more information and chapter links.

The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin provides a compendium of ecological, social, and economic information about Wisconsin’s 16 …

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Wake Boats and Lakes: Updated Report from Wisconsin’s Green Fire

illustration of a pink and blue wake boat on a blue and gray wave

Publication Update!

The Effects of Wake Boats on Lake Ecosystem Health: A Literature Review, May 2024

May 2024 update to our special report: “The Effects of Wake Boats on Lake Ecosystem Health: A Literature Review.”

Over the past two months, our team has been updating our literature review on wake boats and lakes. We …

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Conservation Congress Spring Hearings April 2024

Help shape conservation policies during the Wisconsin Conservation Congress “Spring Hearings” this April. 

Photo: Dr. F Eugene Hester, USFWS

Every spring, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) seek input from the public on natural resources policies. Since 1934, these “Spring Hearings,” have been an important part of Wisconsin’s conservation …

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2023-2024 Legislative Session is Over

By Paul Heinen, WGF Policy Director

Summary of WGF’s Legislative Activities during the 2023-2024 Session

Madison skyline from Lake Mendota. Photo by Michael Cain.

The Wisconsin State Legislature has completed its work for the 2023-2024 session and will not return until early January of 2025. Following the November 2024 elections, the Legislature will have a whole …

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WGF Asks Gov. Evers to Veto SB 312

WGF’s letter to Governor Evers requesting he veto SB 312.

On February 26, 2024, Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) sent a letter to Governor Tony Evers, asking him to veto Senate Bill 312 (SB 312). For months, leaders from WGF worked with the authors of this bill in attempts to make it beneficial …

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Wake Boats and Lakes: New Report from Wisconsin’s Green Fire

February 20, 2024 Update: 

This report is temporarily unavailable while we make some important updates. We’re working on adding new content to best reflect the scientific literature and emerging information from communities around Wisconsin and other states.

Feel free to contact us with any questions. Stay tuned for our announcement of the updated report!


The …

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire State and Federal Policy Issues for 2024

aerial view of Capitol and downtown Madison with lake in background

by Paul Heinen, WGF Policy Director

Top Issues for 2024

Every January, Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) Policy Director, Paul Heinen, writes a “top issues” report on the policy issues that WGF is prioritizing for the year ahead. This is one way we keep members of WGF updated about the work ahead for this community of conservation …

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