Policy

WGF analyses and statements on broad policy about science in natural resource management, as well as legislation and actions with wide-ranging policy implications for Wisconsin’s environment.

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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Discussing PFAS with Gov. Evers

Governor Tony Evers and WGF Executive Director Meleesa Johnson

by Meleesa Johnson, WGF Executive Director

Governor Tony Evers (left) and WGF Executive Director Meleesa Johnson (right) in Marshfield, March 14, 2024

On March 14th, I was proud to represent Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) at an event in Marshfield to discuss PFAS funding with Governor Tony Evers. PFAS are the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances famous …

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

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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

two girls drinking from an outdoor water fountain

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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Wisconsin’s Green Fire Not Associated with Greenfire Law PC

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News Release

For Immediate Release: November 30th, 2023 

 Media Contacts:  

  • Meleesa Johnson, mjohnson@wigreenfire.org
    Wisconsin’s Green Fire Executive Director  
  • Carolyn Pralle, cpralle@wigreenfire.org
    Wisconsin’s Green Fire Communications Coordinator 
  • Rhinelander, WI – A new lawsuit by the Great Lakes Wildlife Alliance (GLWA) is asking a Dane County Circuit Court judge to block …

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    Senate Passes Imperfect PFAS Bill

    clear water in a glass in front of a black background

    On November 14th, 2023, the Wisconsin State Senate passed a version of SB312 (the “PFAS bill”) without important changes offered by Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF), other environmental/conservation groups, and leaders of communities impacted by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

    Over the last several months, the experts on WGF’s Contaminants of Emerging Concern Work Group …

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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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