Our Work

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire 2018 Highlights

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


WGF State Draft EIS Comments on Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line. April 12, 2019.

WGF State EIS Scoping Comments on Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line. January 4, 2019.

WGF Comments on WDNR Draft SCORP. January 4, 2019.

2018 Proposed Legislation: AB 1070 Relating to: Legislative Powers and Duties, State Agency and Authority Composition and Operations, and Administrative Rule-Making Process.


  • 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


  • 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)


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

WGF Comments to DNR on draft administrative rule NR 119 Phosphorus Site-Specific Water Quality Criteria. May 7, 2019.

WGF Testimony to Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on Senate Bill 31 Regarding CAFO permit fees. April 30, 2019.

Nitrogen Pollution and the Need to Develop N Criteria for Wisconsin’s Surface Waters. April 30, 2019

WGF Testimony on 2019 Senate Bill 91 Relating to Buying and Selling Water Pollution Credits through a Central Clearinghouse. March 19, 2019

WGF Policy Analysis. 2019 Senate Bill 91, Legislation to Buy and Sell Water Pollution Credits through a Central Clearinghouse. March 18, 2019


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


  • 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


  • 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

WGF Comments on Wisconsin Forestry Action Plan – Draft Assessment June 7th, 2019

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


  • 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.


  • 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

Fact Sheet

Protecting the Public Trust in Wisconsin’s Lakes and Streams. April 2019


Issue Papers

Wisconsin’s Green Fire Testimony to Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on Senate Bill 169 Regarding Wetland Mitigation Banks. April 30, 2019

Follow up to WGF Testimony on Senate Bill 169 Related to Wetland Mitigation Banks. May 17, 2019

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


Current focus areas:

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

Wisconsin’s Green Fire supports efforts to address Chronic Wasting Disease as a member of the CWD Action Initiative

Comments and Issue Papers

WGF Comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service On Proposal to Remove Gray Wolves from the Endangered Species list, May 30th, 2019

WGF Comments to DNR on Draft Black Bear Plan. April 14, 2019

WGF Testimony to NRB on CWD. Oct. 24, 2018

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