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The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Gathering Waters, and Wisconsin’s Green Fire are partnering to offer a diversity, equity and inclusion workshop series for our staff, board, members, and partners.

There is no charge for these programs, but we ask you to consider a special donation to help cover costs of bringing these programs to you.

Centering Equity in Conservation Workshop Series

Understanding Racial Equity and Inclusion in Conservation 101
September 16, 2020, 4-6:30 p.m.

Compounded disparities impact communities of color in every corner of society, be it socio-economic, political, educational, health, etc. This workshop will provide the history of the construction of race, a key component in driving these inequities. The goal of this workshop is to help participants understand why these inequities exist, so we can do something about them.

Foundations of Internalized Racism
November 11, 2020, 4-6 p.m. Space is limited.

This session will help participants understand why power dynamics exist amongst racial identities. As a follow up to the historical context set in Racial Equity 101, this session will guide participants in assessing the impact of race on individual socialization and exam our role and agency. This session will help participants create change, building a learning community grounded in vulnerability and trust that allows the collective to reflect, strategize and change. 


Recruitment & Hiring for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Social Identities & Intersectionality
January 13, 2021, 4-6 p.m.

This workshop will include two sessions. The first part of the workshop is ideal for hiring managers, review panelists, leadership team members, and others who wish to attract a diverse candidate pool and cultivate a dynamic team of staff. The second session will highlight the business case for prioritizing socio-economics mindfully in organizational culture as well as foster a deeper understanding of how our identities can compound privilege and oppression.

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August 26, 2020

Opportunities for Collaboration: A Shared Vision for Wolves in Wisconsin

The Western Great Lakes states could soon see the federal de-listing of gray wolves which have made a historic comeback in Wisconsin since they were eradicated in the mid-1900sCurrent state legislation mandates a wolf hunt when the species is not listed under the Endangered Species Act and limits DNR, Tribes and the public from having input on when, where, how and if such harvests should occur. The most recently approved state wolf management plan from 1999 needs to be updated to include the latest ecological and social science in wolf conservation.  

This program featured a trio of expert panelists envisioning a future for wolves in Wisconsin. We covered the history of wolves and wolf management in Wisconsin, why ainclusive and transparent process is essential to effective wolf management, what public perceptions of wolves can tell us about coexistence, and how our neighbor, Minnesota, is managing its resident wolf population. 

Panelists: Adrian Wydeven, WGF Wildlife Co-Chair; Jodi Habush Sinykin, Midwest Environmental Advocates; Peter David, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission  
When: Wednesday, August 26, 11:00am to 12:30pm
How: Program is closed and a recording is available. 

May 21, 2020

WGF Policy Forum: The Future Is Now! Moving Wisconsin into a 21st Century Energy System

Join us to learn how Wisconsin can modernize our energy system and re-imagine our energy future. New technologies are creating benefits for large and small scale energy users alike. Modernizing Wisconsin’s electrical grid will reduce energy waste, increase energy efficiency, and reduce our vulnerability to energy disruptions.

Wisconsin's Green Fire members Gary Radloff and Kerry Beheler will interview a panel of energy experts who will discuss the business case for renewable energy, the creation and benefits of local Energy Districts, and the politics of energy in Wisconsin. We'll showcase examples of successful policy in neighboring states.

Learn how you, as an energy consumer, can get involved and help shift Wisconsin energy into the 21st Century.

Panelists:  Scott Coenen, Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum; Camille Kadoch, Regulatory Assistance Project; and Richard Cates, Iowa County Energy District.
When: Thursday May 21st, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
How: Space is Limited and Registration is Required.
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April 30th, 2020

WGF Virtual Field Trip - Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old Growth Forests in Wisconsin, with John Bates

Old-growth forests touch the souls of many people, but despite their remarkable emotional appeal and scientific value, very little true old-growth remains in Wisconsin. Naturalist John Bates walks through forests with us to ask why we cut nearly all of our old growth forests; why should we care about them; how much we have left; and where are the last remaining remnants. Join us for a spectacular afternoon among our living ancestors.
What: Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old Growth Forests in Wisconsin
Who: John Bates
When: Thursday April 30th, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

April 23rd, 2020

WGF Policy Forum - Coming Down the Pipe: Oil Pipeline Regulations in Wisconsin

Oil pipelines in Wisconsin are subject to complex state and federal regulations. Attorney Rob Lee with Midwest Environmental Advocates and Nancy Larson and Tom Jerow of Wisconsin's Green Fire will review the different agencies with authority over pipeline construction and operation, and we will walk through different opportunities for members of the public to have their voices heard.  
What: Oil Pipeline Regulation in Wisconsin
Who: Rob Lee (MEA), Nancy Larson and Tom Jerow (WGF)
When: Thursday April 23rd, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
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April 16th, 2020

WGF Virtual Field Trip - Voyage to the Bottom of the World: Penguins, Whales, and Ice

Join WGF members and career biologists Karen Mesmer and Robert Rolley on their recent adventure to the Falklands, South Georgia Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula as they kayak among whales, icebergs, and more penguins than Karen could count.
What: Voyage to the Bottom of the World: Penguins, Whales, and Ice
Who: Robert Rolley and Karen Mesmer
When: Thursday April 16th, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

April 9th, 2020

WGF Policy Forum - Science, Conservation, and the Coronavirus

Wisconsin conservation leaders will reflect on the lessons policy makers and the public can draw from current events. How could the social, political, and economic changes caused by a global pandemic affect our efforts to address climate change, clean water, and other conservation priorities?
Our panel includes Jennifer Giegerich (Wisconsin Conservation Voters), Jonathan Gilbert (Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission), Bob Martini (Wisconsin's Green Fire), George Meyer (Wisconsin Wildlife Federation), and Dr. Tim Van Deelen (University of Wisconsin - Madison).
Join us as we look ahead to new challenges and transformative possibilities in uncertain times.
What: Science, Conservation and the Coronavirus
Who: Jennifer Giegerich, Jonathan Gilbert, George Meyer, Bob Martini, Dr. Tim Van Deelen
When: Thursday April 9th, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Past Events: 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting Mutiple dates in September


There is no charge for these programs, but we ask you to consider a special donation to help cover costs of bringing these programs to you.

2020 Annual Meeting

Age, Race, Politics, and Conservation Addressing the Elephants in the Room

Webinars September 9, 16, 23, 25, 26

As much as we enjoy getting together for our fall annual meeting, this year we are following a virtual format to keep everyone safe. Our annual meeting events are available to everyone. Join us for a bang up series of webinars by Zoom throughout September, exploring pressing issues for the conservation community and opportunities for Wisconsin’s Green Fire. On three Wednesday evenings (Sept 9, 16, 23) we will explore issues of race, equity, the concerns and interests of students, and hear from political leaders on what we can expect in 2021 and beyond. Spend a fascinating evening with our annual meeting keynote speaker, former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, on Friday Sept. 25. Then join us for our virtual annual meeting on Saturday morning, Sept. 26 to hear the latest on WGF work and contribute your insights and ideas in our virtual break out groups.

Past Events: 2019 Annual Meeting October 4th & 5th

Working Together, Working Better, Wisconsin’s Green Fire 2019 Annual Meeting will be held on October 4th and 5th at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point outdoor center and conservation camp at TreeHaven near Tomahawk. 

Our Annual Meeting will bring together many of Wisconsin’s most regarded conservation and environmental experts along with agency staff and inspired citizens.  Join us for learning, great ideas, and visiting old friends and making new ones.

Check out the latest on the program. At the Saturday business meeting, we will elect several new directors to the board of directors. Download a pdf of the board nominees. The board is bringing changes to the bylaws for review and approval by the members. See a summary of changes and download a pdf of the proposed amended bylaws.

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