Evaluation of fisheries issues and funding in Wisconsin developed by WGF’s Fisheries Work Group.

WGF Submits Comments on Vista Sands Solar Farm DEIS

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

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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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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!


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WGF Wildlife Work Group Encourages Support of Rule Banning Lead Ammunition and Fishing Tackle in National Wildlife Refuges

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has filed a proposed rule to ban lead hunting ammunition and fishing tackle on 19 National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) in the Federal Register. The proposed rule also includes provisions for a new study on the impacts of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on wildlife refuges. …

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WGF Members Publish Reports on Wisconsin Starhead Topminnow Recovery Project

A group of fisheries researchers, including WGF Fisheries Work Group chair John Lyons, recently published two of three reports on their efforts to restore the federally endangered Starhead Topminnow Fundulus dispar to Wisconsin, “Conserving the Starhead Topminnow Fundulus Dispar in Wisconsin” (1) Current Status and Threats and (2) Read More >

Comment letter for WDNR Draft Inland Trout Management Plan 2020-2029

The issues we have addressed here are significant enough to warrant revision and some restructuring of this plan. Despite these issues, we think the trout plan represents a major step forward for the WDNR trout program and for the management of the inland trout resource in the state. We thank you for the opportunity to comment, and we are happy to discuss our comments with you in detail. We’ve also attached a list of editorial comments and suggestions to improve the content and clarity of the plan.

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Comment to DNR on Proposed Program Guidance for the Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation Program

The R3 Program Guidance Document describes a new program to provide matching grants to local governmental, non-governmental, and citizen groups to help them promote sport fishing in Wisconsin. Grants are targeted at groups making innovative efforts to increase angling interest and activity among adults and among people of color. I and WGF applaud the emphasis on adults and people of color.

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