Heavy Weather, Charting a Course for Wisconsin’s Green Fire Science Communications

This August I sailed to Isle Royale National Park with my husband and our sailing partners, a trip of 72 miles across Lake Superior from our Apostle Islands home port. Our 12 day voyage was squeezed into seven, crimped in on the ends by storms and weather fronts … More Heavy Weather, Charting a Course for Wisconsin’s Green Fire Science Communications

Wisconsin River success story

Wisconsin’s Green Fire Board member Bob Martini gives many presentations around the state about the era (1968-2010) when the Department of Natural Resources provided evidence-based science to help reconcile our state’s industries and our environment. That effort contributed to the quality of our lives today. The DNR provided science-based management information to policy makers, the … More Wisconsin River success story

Environmental concerns with Foxconn plant

On June 28, 2018, there was a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Foxconn liquid crystal display manufacturing complex to be constructed in western Racine County, Wisconsin. This large facility with significant public funding incentives raises many social and environmental implications for the citizens of Wisconsin. A number of Wisconsin’s environmental groups are working on the varied aspects … More Environmental concerns with Foxconn plant

Comments to Natural Resources Board on 2018 deer season

Wisconsin’s Green Fire Wildlife Work Group has reviewed the department’s recommendation for 2018 which also included a summary of the CDAC input received. We offered three comments to the NRB. First, we supported the department’s recommendation to establish antlerless deer quotas for the privately owned land in Ashland and Price County. The deer herds in … More Comments to Natural Resources Board on 2018 deer season

Earth Day Reflections

  A year ago, on Earth Day 2017, we announced ourselves as a new organization – Wisconsin’s Green Fire: Voice’s for Conservation. A group of mostly retired natural resources professionals and supporters, we are passionate about the conservation legacy of Wisconsin and want to help carry it into the future. Many fine conservation organizations in … More Earth Day Reflections

Words of Encouragement

In recent weeks, Wisconsin’s Green Fire has received a number of accolades from citizens, other NGOs, journalists, and colleagues thanking us for our work and citing our growing reputation as a source of deep expertise and solid information. These comments show that the hard work of our dedicated volunteers is starting to bear fruit. Paul … More Words of Encouragement

New legislation helps controversial sand-mining

In May 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) granted a permit to Meteor Timber in Monroe County to fill 16.25 acres of wetlands, including 13.37 acres of white pine – red maple swamp, a very rare wetland type remaining in Wisconsin. The purpose was to construct a frac sand plant and rail transfer … More New legislation helps controversial sand-mining

Problems with removing wetland protections

Wisconsin’s Green Fire analyzed recent amendments to Senate Bill 600 and Assembly Bill 547, the legislative proposals to reduce state oversight of wetlands that are not protected under the federal Clean Water Act. See our analysis and February 11, 2018 press release. Wetlands grace our landscape in Wisconsin. But, over our history, we have lost … More Problems with removing wetland protections