Environment : Multi-issue

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

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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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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Wisconsin’s Green Fire Guidance for Public Testimony at Joint Finance Committee Spring 2023 Hearings

The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) has scheduled their spring 2023 public hearings on the state budget. Click here to view the Spring 2023 JFC hearing schedule.

We encourage all conservation-minded citizens to attend a hearing and testify on conservation issues in Wisconsin. The following is guidance for …

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