Our Work

Wisconsin’s Green Fire’s current work includes:

  • Growing our membership by gathering scientists and natural resource professionals;
  • Setting up working groups to pair natural resource issues with experts;
  • Developing our organizational structure;

WI Green Fire Work Groups

Wisconsin’s Green Fire is organizing the following work groups to analyze issues and provide information based on science and our experience with natural resources management. Example topics are listed under each working group. 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 working group or committee, please contact us at WIGreenFire@gmail.com.

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS WORK GROUP

Management and regulations pertaining to the environment
Impacts of changes in State or Federal laws, programs, funding

Current areas of focus are Confined Animal Feeding Operations and metallic mining.

PUBLIC LANDS AND CONSERVATION FUNDING WORK GROUP

Public lands and stewardship program in Wisconsin
Management of state natural areas, wildlife management areas, state forests
Funding and management of state parks
Economics of natural resource protection in Wisconsin, federal aids, and alternatives for funding conservation

PUBLIC TRUST AND WETLANDS WORK GROUP

Topics

Public Trust Doctrine: groundwater, surface waters, shoreland zoning
Wisconsin shoreland management rules and permitting
Wetlands protection through law and policy

Issue Papers

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

FISH AND WILDLIFE WORK GROUPS

Topics

White-tailed deer population, chronic wasting disease
Wisconsin’s sport fishery
Nongame fish and wildlife management and endangered species protection
Wolf management
Lead ammunition and fishing tackle

Issue Papers

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

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

Comment to DNR on Proposed Program Guidance for the Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation Program

FOREST WORK GROUP

Topics

Wisconsin laws governing management of northern state forests
Management and funding for sustainable forestry, wildlife habitat and biodiversity on public forests and lands under managed forest law

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

ENVIRONMENTAL AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION WORK GROUP

Education and communication policies and priorities in Wisconsin State Government

WATER RESOURCES WORK GROUP

Topics

High capacity well regulation and Wisconsin surface waters
Non-point source pollution runoff and impacts from agriculture and urban sources
Water quality standards
Great Lakes Restoration and Great Lakes Compact

Issue Papers

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

CLIMATE CHANGE WORK GROUP

Science based evidence of climate change and climate change impacts in Wisconsin
Greenhouse gas emissions and actions to reduce them, such as renewable sources of energy