Our Work

Wisconsin’s Green Fire is a newly-formed organization, created in February 2017. Our 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 Working Groups

Wisconsin’s Green Fire is organizing the following working 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 working 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 WORKING 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 WORKING 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 WORKING GROUP

Topics

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

Issue Papers

Analysis of proposal to remove state regulatory oversight of non-federal wetlands in legislation: AB547 / SB600

FISH AND WILDLIFE WORKING 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

Wisconsin’s Green Fire Testimony to Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage Regarding AB 712

FOREST HABITAT AND FOREST BIODIVERSITY WORKING GROUP

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

ENVIRONMENTAL AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION WORKING GROUP

Education and communication policies and priorities in Wisconsin State Government

WATER RESOURCES WORKING GROUP

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

CLIMATE CHANGE AND AIR QUALITY WORKING GROUPS

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
Mercury emissions and mercury levels in game fish
Hazardous air pollutants and ground-level ozone