Our Work

Wisconsin’s Green Fire has formed work groups to analyze issues and provide information based on science and our experience with natural resources management. Work groups are comprised of volunteer members with extensive experience in their topic area. Work groups

  • write issue papers to explain natural resource issues
  • analyze proposed natural resource policy and legislation
  • provide testimony and comments on policy initiatives and implementation procedures
  • develop education materials
  • answer questions from citizens and the media.

Work groups and their current focus or priorities and work products to date are listed below.

In addition to the issue-based work groups, three committees are working on effective operation of Wisconsin’s Green Fire: Communications, Membership, and Development.

If you are a member interested in joining a work group or committee, please contact us at wigreenfire@gmail.com


AIR QUALITY WORK GROUP

  • Respond to state legislative proposals, policies, and rule changes
  • Keep tabs on significant air permit applications in Wisconsin
  • Watch for efforts to roll back state regulatory authority to protect air quality
  • Work with Climate Change Work Group

CLIMATE CHANGE WORK GROUP

  • Produce and share science-based climate information with Wisconsin’s citizens
  • Work with partners to update recommendations from WI Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI)

ENVIRONMENTAL RULES / WATER RESOURCES WORK GROUPS

Current focus areas:

  • Confined Animal Feeding Operations and nonpoint source pollution runoff from agricultural and urban sources
  • Metallic Mining
  • High Capacity Wells
  • Surface Water Quality Standards

Issue Papers

High Capacity Well Impacts on Wisconsin’s Lakes, Streams, and Wetlands. May 8, 2018

WGF Comments on WDNR Draft Total Maximum Daily Loads for Total Phosphorus in the Wisconsin River Basin. Sept. 18, 2018

WGF Comments on WDNR Draft Guidance 2018-2020 Triennial Standards Review Priorities for Water Quality Standards. Sept 13, 2018


ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION WORK GROUP

  • Monitor and respond to state policies on K-12 environmental and science education
  • Support WI Green Fire education activities

FISHERIES WORK GROUP

  • Work with other WI Green Fire work groups on aquatic ecology issues
  • Support funding for fish and wildlife
  • Provide input on fisheries management plans

Issue Papers

Comment to DNR on Proposed Program Guidance for the Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation Program. May 24, 2018


FORESTRY WORK GROUP

  • Develop foundational principles for work group based on sustainable forestry, wildlife habitat and biodiversity
  • Provide input on Silviculture Guidelines
  • Seek funding for economic / ecological study of the impact of deer on forests

Issue Papers

2018 Northern Highland-American Legion (NHAL) State Forest Master Plan Variance: Comments from the Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society and Wisconsin’s Green Fire: Voices For Conservation. July 3, 2018


PUBLIC LANDS AND CONSERVATION FUNDING

  • Identify leadership to organize work groups around these topics
  • Work with other organizations to support reauthorization of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program in support of public lands in Wisconsin.

PUBLIC TRUST AND WETLANDS WORK GROUP

  • Analyze and comment on proposed legislation, rules, and implementation guidance for state regulation of waterways and wetlands
  • Educate citizens about the Public Trust Doctrine and wetlands
  • Seek projects to evaluate impacts to public rights from legislation and legal action

Issue Papers

Nonfederal and Artificial Wetlands Law: Comments on Updated Implementation Guidance. October 11, 2018

Nonfederal and Artificial Wetlands Law: Comments on Implementation Guidance. July 20, 2018

Wisconsin’s Green Fire Testimony to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy – Senate Bill 816. February 28, 2018

Analysis of amendments to Assembly Bill 547/Senate Bill 600. February 11, 2018

Analysis of proposal to remove state regulatory oversight of non-federal wetlands in legislation: AB547 / SB600. December 18, 2017


WILDLIFE WORK GROUP

 Current focus areas:

  • Chronic Wasting Disease
  • Deer Management
  • Species Plans (Ruffed Grouse, Bear, Wolf)
  • Funding for Fish and Wildlife

Issue Papers

WGF Testimony to JCRAR on CWD Emergency Rules. Oct 1, 2018

WGF Letter to NRB on Ruffed Grouse season. Sept. 10, 2018

Comment to DNR on Deer Quotas and Hunting Seasons – May 18, 2018

Wolf Management Restriction: A policy analysis of Senate Bill 602 and Assembly Bill 712, legislation to limit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation and management of gray wolves. December 15, 2017

Testimony to Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage Regarding AB 712