Environment : Multi-issue

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

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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Four New Natural Resources Board Appointees and the Wolf Rule Get a Capitol Hearing

NRB member Robin Schmidt sits at wooden desk before Senate Committee, screen in background

by Paul Heinen, WGF Policy Director

After the last four Natural Resources Board (NRB) appointees were rejected by the State Senate in September 2023, Governor Evers immediately appointed four new members, including two who are Wisconsin’s Green Fire members.  Todd Ambs and Robin Schmidt, both long standing Wisconsin’s Green Fire members, joined Patty Schachtner and Douglas …

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Where are the future leaders for Wisconsin’s natural resources?

Aerial view of farm fields and forests in Wisconsin.

On Sept. 28, three members of the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Sporting Heritage voted without debate to reject the nominations of four of Governor Tony Evers’ appointees to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB).

While the committee’s action is not binding, it is unprecedented and ignores the exceptional conservation qualifications of the …

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire and Partners Equip Local Leaders to Address PFAS in Wisconsin Communities

When Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg had to deal with the crisis of responding to PFAS contamination detected throughout Wausau’s drinking water supply in 2022, she was fortunate to be able to turn to her family friend and mentor John Robinson.  John is a former Wausau Mayor and a former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) …

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Wisconsin Tribes: Leading the way in protecting and restoring wetlands and watersheds

May is American Wetlands Month, and in celebration the Wisconsin Wetlands Association and partners have collaborated with Wisconsin Tribal communities to produce videos highlighting the work Tribes have done to protect wetlands in Wisconsin. 

Tribes in Wisconsin are doing vital work to protect and restore wetlands and watersheds. The Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory …

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