Environment : Multi-issue

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

WGF and Partners Lead Climate Readiness Assessment

Throughout 2021, Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) has led the development of a first of its kind effort to conduct a rapid, comprehensive assessment bringing together climate readiness and conservation-based economic opportunities in a rural Western Wisconsin county.  While state and federal governments play an essential role in developing climate policy and leading climate …

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Protecting Wisconsin’s Pollinators: Wisconsin’s Green Fire Supports New Pollinator Protection Package

On Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at 10 AM there was an in-person joint informational hearing with the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Small Business and Rural Issues, and Assembly Committee on Sporting Heritage. This hearing was convened to discuss the process of reinstating the wolf harvesting season in 2021. Wisconsin’s Green Fire has been following this issue closely and has provided written testimony to the committees that reflect our recommendations recently published Opportunities Now paper on wolves.

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The February 2021 Wisconsin Wolf Hunt: A Preliminary Assessment

Following removal of gray wolves from the Endangered Species List on January 4th, 2021, the State of Wisconsin allowed public hunting and trapping of wolves during an abbreviated three-day season between February 22nd and February 24th. The last time wolves were hunted legally in Wisconsin in February was in 1956. The final reported harvest of 218 wolves over a period of three days exceeded the total quota for state-authorized hunters by 83%. Wisconsin’s Green Fire’s preliminary assessment of the February 2021 Wisconsin wolf hunting and trapping season includes impacts of the hunt on Wisconsin’s wolf population and recommendations to avoid future failures and ensure that future wolf management is informed by science and best practice.

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Conservation Policy in the Biden / Harris Administration Feb 10, 2021 Webinar

President Joe Biden and his team are moving quickly to implement an historic conservation agenda with a strong focus on climate change, environmental justice, and land conservation. Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, joins us for this special program to outline the Biden/Harris administration’s agenda, with a particular focus on what it means for Wisconsin and our region. Wisconsin conservationist Kathleen Falk moderates the conversation and fields questions from participants. This program is hosted jointly by Wisconsin’s Green Fire and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire Calls for Increased Scrutiny of Metallic Mining Rules

Ariel view of the Flambeau Mine in Lady Smith when it was in operation.

Wisconsin’s Green Fire, along with 9 other environmental groups, submitted comments to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), urging the Department to modify draft rules related to sulfide metallic mining. A 2017 bill passed by the state legislature made wholesale changes to mining laws and prompted the current agency rulemaking process. While the 2017 …

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Comments on Cardinal-Hickory Creek High Voltage Transmission Line Federal Environmental Impact Statement

On November 26, 2019 Wisconsin’s Green Fire provided comments to the US Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Commission on the final federal Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek (CHC) high voltage transmission line (hvtl).

The American Transmission Company (ATC), International Transmission Company, ITC Holdings, and Dairyland Power Cooperative, have proposed construction of the …

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