WGF Work Product (public comments, testimony, press)

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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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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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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WGF Opposes SB 999 – Changes to Managed Forest Law

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire submitted a letter of testimony opposing SB 999, a Wisconsin Senate bill that would change Managed Forest Law (MFL) to require enrollees in MFL open enrollment to allow motorized access on all roads.

WGF Letter of Testimony – SB 999 | February 14, 2024

According to the Wisconsin …

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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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Illegal Deaths and Injuries to WI’s Large Wild Birds Phase 1 Report

red tailed hawk in flight

Illegal Deaths and Injuries to Wisconsin’s Large Wild Birds: Identifying and Evaluating Recent Occurrences – Phase 1 Project Report

Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) released a new report as Phase 1 of an ongoing project on Wisconsin birds: “Illegal Deaths and Injuries to Wisconsin’s Large Wild Birds: Identifying and Evaluating Recent Occurrences.”

This paper …

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WGF Celebrates the Conservation of the Pelican River Forest

aerial view of trees in the Pelican River Forest with blue hills in the background

Pelican River Forest WI, photo copyright Jay Brittain, courtesy of Gathering Waters

After years of conservation efforts, over 67,000 acres of the Pelican River Forest in Oneida, Forest and Langlade counties are now protected forever under conservation easements. Leaders and volunteers from Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) collaborated with partners …

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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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WGF Statement on WDNR’s request for JFC action on PFAS funding

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On December 19th, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) released a letter to the Co-chairs of the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance (JFC), requesting the release of PFAS funding. The WDNR’s letter requests release of segregated funds to support affected communities and private well owners, and to support monitoring, research, and public health needs around PFAS. …

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