The urgent need to respond to our changing climate – whether reducing carbon levels in the atmosphere and mitigating impacts of global warming, or adapting to extreme weather events we’re already experiencing – should be discussed and debated in terms of the other significant benefits those actions will achieve.
Trumpeting such co-benefits, from improved public health to a cleaner and sustainable environment, could boost public support for climate change responses and increase the chances those steps will be taken by the state and local governments, as well as businesses and property owners.
Those were among the views expressed by participants at a Jan. 15 briefing on the Climate Fast Forward report released by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes opened the first meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change held December 19 in Madison by reminding its 31 members of the urgency of both mitigating the severity of climate change and helping communities adapt to its impacts.Read More >
Climate change is part of our daily lives: Wisconsin is warmer and wetter than in the past and its residents are experiencing more frequent extreme storms that cause flooding, damage roads and destroy forests.
Responding to Wisconsin’s changing climate would become a public policy priority through a package of legislative proposals, known as Forward on Climate, …Read More >
Wisconsin has a proud tradition of hunting, especially for white-tailed deer. Wisconsin DNR is responsible for managing deer populations across the state. The appearance of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) threatens both herd health and the hunting tradition as we know it.
While the area of Wisconsin where CWD is considered endemic is growing, most of our state …Read More >
On November 25, 2019 Governor Evers signed Senate Bill 169 into law as 2019 Wisconsin Act 59. The bill was designed to steer wetland mitigation closer to the site of a development project by requiring developers who elect to purchase mitigation bank credits to try to buy them near the site and within the same …Read More >
On November 26, 2019 Wisconsin’s Green Fire provided comments to the US Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Commission on the final federal Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek (CHC) high voltage transmission line (hvtl).
The American Transmission Company (ATC), International Transmission Company, ITC Holdings, and Dairyland Power Cooperative, have proposed construction of the …Read More >
August 26, 2019
To: Alaina Gerrits, WDNR Assistant Upland Wildlife Ecologist
Subject: Wisconsin’s Green Fire Review of Draft Ruffed Grouse Management Plan, 2020 -2030
Thank you for the opportunity to offer our comments on the draft ruffed grouse management plan. Our wildlife work group membership has extensive experience in the conservation of this species and are very interested …Read More >
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 …Read More >
John Robinson testified on Assembly Bill 347 on October 31, 2019 at the Assembly Committee on the Environment. John helped the Committee understand the ramifications of a bill to allow sand dredged from Lakes Michigan and Superior to be exempted from certain solid waste regulations. The bill would relax oversight of placement of dredged material …Read More >
“Action is needed now.”
In expressing that urgent call to respond quickly to the Earth’s changing climate and its increasingly disruptive and destructive impacts, Dan Vimont captured in a few words the shared commitment of more than 300 Wisconsin residents attending a Nov. 8 Climate Fast Forward conference in Madison.
Vimont, director of the Nelson Institute’s Center …Read More >