Promoting Science-Based Management of Wisconsin's Natural Resources

work groups

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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 Group

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

Environmental Education Work Group

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

Public Lands & 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
  • Work with other organizations to support reauthorization of the Knowles-Nelson
    Stewardship program in support of public lands in Wisconsin.

Public Trust & 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

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

Wildlife Work Group

  • 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