WI Green Fire

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WGF Opposes SB 999 – Changes to Managed Forest Law

close up of white birch bark

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!


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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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Ron Grasshoff Re-Appointed to Land and Water Conservation Board

Ron Grasshoff, co-chair of WGF’s Public Trust and Wetlands Work Group, has been re-appointed to Wisconsin’s Land and Water Conservation Board (LWCB). Wisconsin’s Green Fire congratulates Ron on this important role!

On January 24th, Ron Grasshoff provided this summary and comments on his re-appointment to the LWCB.

Summary of LWCB From Section 92.04 of WI …

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Q & A with Meleesa Johnson, Executive Director

Meleesa Johnson in purple jacket by a pond, carrying a backpack

Meleesa Johnson, WGF Executive Director

Getting to know our new Executive Director

by Ruth Oppedahl

Recently, Ruth Oppedahl spoke with the new Executive Director of Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF), Meleesa Johnson. Meleesa took on this role at the end of October 2023, enthusiastically steering the organization with continued leadership in science-based conservation of natural resources. With …

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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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