WGF Work Product (public comments, testimony, press)

WGF Opposes SB 999 – Changes to Managed Forest Law

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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!

 

The …

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Illegal Deaths and Injuries to WI’s Large Wild Birds Phase 1 Report

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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

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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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Wisconsin’s Green Fire State and Federal Policy Issues for 2024

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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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WGF Statement on WDNR’s request for JFC action on PFAS funding

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On December 19th, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) released a letter to the Co-chairs of the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance (JFC), requesting the release of PFAS funding. The WDNR’s letter requests release of segregated funds to support affected communities and private well owners, and to support monitoring, research, and public health needs around PFAS. …

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New Opportunities Now Paper: PFAS 2.0

cover page of Opportunities Now paper on PFAS 2023 with green and blue graphics, image of a glass of water with a blurred leafy backdrop

Read the new report on PFAS in Wisconsin Drinking Water.

Since the late 1930s, many consumer goods and industrial materials have contained per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a class of chemicals famous for their non-stick and firefighting properties. However, PFAS are now known to threaten human health and the environment. A team of experts at …

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire Not Associated with Greenfire Law PC

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News Release

For Immediate Release: November 30th, 2023 

 Media Contacts:  

  • Meleesa Johnson, mjohnson@wigreenfire.org
    Wisconsin’s Green Fire Executive Director  
  • Carolyn Pralle, cpralle@wigreenfire.org
    Wisconsin’s Green Fire Communications Coordinator 
  • Rhinelander, WI – A new lawsuit by the Great Lakes Wildlife Alliance (GLWA) is asking a Dane County Circuit Court judge to block …

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    Senate Passes Imperfect PFAS Bill

    clear water in a glass in front of a black background

    On November 14th, 2023, the Wisconsin State Senate passed a version of SB312 (the “PFAS bill”) without important changes offered by Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF), other environmental/conservation groups, and leaders of communities impacted by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

    Over the last several months, the experts on WGF’s Contaminants of Emerging Concern Work Group …

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    Video: Fred Clark’s Testimony to the NRB on the 2023 Wolf Management Plan

    Fred Clark before the Natural Resources Board

    On October 25th, WGF’s Executive Director, Fred Clark, spoke to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) on behalf of Green Fire members. Fred’s testimony urges the Board to approve the 2023 Wolf Management Plan submitted by the Department of Natural Resources. WGF’s focus is on science-based adaptive management for Wisconsin’s gray wolves.

    At the end of …

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