The publications below are pieces written by Wisconsin Green Fire's member experts and published by Wisconsin Green Fire that summarize the science and background of key conservation and environmental issues and make policy recommendations that support pro-conservation outcomes.
The below reports include WGF Opportunities Now papers, which are products of an analysis of current literature, interviews with agency staff and experts, and the consensus of our subject matter teams. WGF Conservation Bulletins reflect the judgement and consensus of our contributors, based on available evidence and relevant research. Finally, the Monroe County Climate Readiness and Rural Economic Opportunity Assessment report is a product of a pilot project conducted by WGF and a team of specialists and collaborators that outlines a 30-year vision for conservation and climate resilience in a western Wisconsin county.
Policy makers, conservation organizations, and concerned citizens are all welcome to use and distribute our papers without restrictions.
Monroe County Climate Readiness and Rural Economic Opportunity Assessment
The Monroe County Climate Readiness and Rural Economic Opportunity Assessment (CRREOA) is a model for any rapid and comprehensive county-level assessment that brings together climate readiness and conservation-based economic opportunities. For this pilot project, WGF recruited a team of specialists and collaborators who together helped craft a 30-year vision for conservation and climate resilience in a western Wisconsin county. Our project was led by a 12-member Core Team, complemented by more than 40 subject matter experts and county-based resource experts who contributed their efforts to ensure that our findings were realistic and grounded in local knowledge.
View a 20-page summary of the full report here.
Opportunities Now 2.0: Imbalance of Power: How Wisconsin is Failing Citizens in Conserving Natural Resources and Protecting our Environment
The paper addresses the collective effects of state legislative actions, court rulings, and political practices that have undermined democratic processes and profoundly changed the way state government in Wisconsin operates.
In this report, Wisconsin’s Green Fire examines several threats and trends that, taken together, are affecting the future of Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer herd - including Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), high deer densities, and reduced deer hunter numbers in Wisconsin.
Opportunities Now 2.0: Wetlands and Waterways in Wisconsin: Navigating Changes to the Federal Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule
This report, co-written by Wisconsin's Green Fire and The Nature Conservancy of Wisconsin, explains the history of the Clean Water Act and the frequent changes to the definition of “Waters of the United States”, which is critical to interpreting and implementing meaningful protections under the law.
In this report, Wisconsin's Green Fire lays out recommendations to help Wisconsin chart a path towards an energy system that is cleaner, more reliable, equitable, and increasingly decentralized with local generation and local ownership of power sources.
This report provides a look into sources of exposure, health effects, and known releases of PFAS in Wisconsin, as well as state agency involvement.
Recommendations in the report point to improved environmental management of PFAS grounded in the latest science, methods to reduce exposure and devise clean up procedures for spills and environmental contamination.
In this December 2020 report, Wisconsin's Green Fire outlines the need for an updated state wolf conservation plan in Wisconsin, new policies, and legislation to provide appropriate conservation for this iconic species.
Please note that WGF published this report before the federal de-listing of the gray wolf in January 2021. Please see WGF's Conservation Bulletin that analyzes the effects of the February 2021 Wisconsin wolf hunt, and recent statement on the February 2022 federal re-listing of Wisconsin gray wolves.
This March 2019 Opportunities Now 1.0 report summarizes the major threats to Wisconsin's natural resources and identifies actions that will result in better conservation outcomes. This report investigates five priority issues:
- Water Pollution from Agriculture
- Groundwater Withdrawals
- Our Land and Water Legacy (Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund)
- Chronic Wasting Disease
- Climate Change
The Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) analysis of Wisconsin's 2022 Draft Wolf Management Plan outlines the aspects of the draft Plan which Wisconsin's Green Fire strongly supports, some issues of concern, and specific recommendations requiring policy, executive action, and/or budget changes.
The Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) assessment of the February 2021 Wisconsin wolf hunting and trapping season includes impacts of the hunt on Wisconsin’s wolf population and recommendations to avoid future failures and ensure that future wolf management is informed by science and best practice.