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WGF Publications

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. Additionally, WGF Conservation Bulletins reflect the judgement and consensus of our contributors, based on available evidence and relevant research.

Policy makers, conservation organizations, and concerned citizens are all welcome to use and distribute our papers without restrictions.

The February 2021 Wisconsin Wolf Hunt: A Preliminary Assessment

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.

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The Future is Now - Creating a 21st Century Energy Policy

Wisconsin needs an updated energy policy to reduce our dependence on a century-old and inefficient system built around large fossil-fueled power plants that use a regional transmission and distribution grid.  In this report, we lay 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.

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Opportunities Now: PFAS - Forever Chemicals in Wisconsin  

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.

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Wetlands and Waterways in Wisconsin: Navigating Changes to the Federal Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule

In our new report, produced in partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) 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. The report concludes with recommendations for policy and actions at the federal and state level that will help assure consistent and effective protections for wetlands and the many invaluable benefits they provide.

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Meeting Wisconsin’s Deer Conservation Challenges – Wisconsin’s Green Fire Opportunities Now July 2021 Report

In our new report, Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) examines several threats and trends that, taken together, are affecting the future of Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer herd. The report discusses the threats Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) poses to deer and human health; explains the ecological effects of high deer densities on forest habitat quality; discusses the lack of antlerless deer harvests and reduced hunter numbers in Wisconsin; and concludes with recommendations for policy and actions on the state and local levels to ensure the health and safety of Wisconsin’s deer and their habitat.

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