Public Lands & Forestry

Public lands and forest land management, funding, habitat, and planning for the future. WGF’s analyses and educational materials are developed by the Public Lands and Forestry Work Group.

Meeting Wisconsin’s Deer Conservation Challenges – Wisconsin’s Green Fire Opportunities Now July 2021 Report

In our new report, Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) examines several threats and trends that, taken together, are affecting the future of Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer herd. The report discusses the threats Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) poses to deer and human health; explains the ecological effects of high deer densities on forest habitat quality; discusses the lack of antlerless deer harvests and reduced hunter numbers in Wisconsin; and concludes with recommendations for policy and actions on the state and local levels to ensure the health and safety of Wisconsin’s deer and their habitat.

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire Conservation Webinar April 30, 2020: Our Living Ancestors – The History and Ecology of Old Growth Forests in Wisconsin, with John Bates

Northern Wisconsin Naturalist, John Bates, discusses the ecological history and human history of northern Wisconsin forests. He describes remaining old growth forests in the upper Midwest and their values. John’s talk is based in part on his recent book “Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old Growth Forests in Wisconsin and Where to …

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Comments on WDNR Northeast Sands Regional Master Plan

Yoyi Steele
Program & Policy Analyst
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Madison, WI  53707

RE:  Comments on the Northeast Sands Regional Master Plan

August 12, 2019

Dear Ms. Steele,

Wisconsin’s Green Fire: Voices for Conservation (WGF) supports the conservation legacy of Wisconsin by promoting science-based management of its natural resources. Our members have extensive experience in natural resource management, environmental law and …

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2018 Northern Highland-American Legion (NHAL) State Forest Master Plan Variance: Comments from the Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society and Wisconsin’s Green Fire: Voices For Conservation

Thank you for your recent phone conversation. You helped answer questions about the 2018 Draft NHAL State Forest Master Plan Variance. It was hard to follow how the 2017 Master Plan amendment related to this 2018 variance proposal and you were very helpful in helping us understand the intent of the 2018 draft variance.

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WGF Comments on Wisconsin Forestry Action Plan – Draft Assessment

We recognize that producing a statewide forest assessment that covers such a wide range of issues is
challenging, and there is a wealth of valuable information and insights on Wisconsin forests throughout
the document. Despite the good start, there are important considerations that we believe need to be
better addressed in this assessment, and other issues for which the limited information provided may
lead to incorrect interpretations or inappropriate selection of strategies.

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