Environment

‘Ribeyes in the sky’: Ted Nugent appears with Republicans to promote hunting bills

BY: - October 14, 2021

Republican members of the Wisconsin Legislature appeared on Wednesday with the leaders of pro-hunting lobbying group Hunter Nation and its spokesman, musician Ted Nugent, to promote the recent unveiling of their package of 13 bills that aim to expand hunting and fishing in Wisconsin while taking power from the Department of Natural Resources and loosening […]

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Large-scale solar can help protect the special places we call home

BY: - October 14, 2021

It is a great privilege to raise my family on our farm in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. My daughter chases after monarch butterflies and eats corn picked fresh in the field. She delights in recognizing a handful of familiar birds by their calls and many more by sight. This spring she spied a new […]

PFAS shuts down half of Eau Claire water wells

BY: - October 13, 2021

Half of the 16 water wells in Eau Claire have been shut down, after PFAS (per- and polyfluroalkyl substances) were detected in the water systems. The man-made compounds, which have been linked to chronic disease in humans and animals, migrated to the water systems from other contaminated sites. Although half of Eau Claire’s wells are […]

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Legislative Republicans, hunting group release slate of bills to expand hunting

BY: - October 7, 2021

Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, with the support of the lobbying group Hunter Nation, released a slate of 13 bills on Wednesday that aim to expand hunting in Wisconsin and weaken the power of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  The bills aim to expand opportunities for Wisconsinites to hunt and fish different animals while […]

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DNR’s wolf quota decision sets up yet another fight over Wisconsin conservation policy

BY: - October 6, 2021

The hunting group that successfully sued to hold a wolf hunt earlier this year is promising to fight the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’  (DNR) decision to set the quota for this fall’s planned wolf hunt at less than half what a state board had voted for.  The looming fight and potential legal battle are […]

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Climate choices: Scenes from 2050

BY: - October 1, 2021

A yellow-gray haze stains Midwestern skies. Fueled by years of drought and record-setting heat, smoke from the annual devastation of Western wildfires mixes with that from fires spreading across Wisconsin and Minnesota north woods. Tired of running on an indoor treadmill since May, a young man from Detroit joins his friends for a pick-up street […]

‘Wildfire year’ meant record days at the highest preparedness level, Forest Service chief says

BY: - September 30, 2021

The U.S. Forest Service spent more consecutive days this summer at the agency’s highest level of preparedness for wildfires than in any previous year, Forest Service Chief Randy Moore told a U.S. House subcommittee Wednesday. Moore’s comments reflected the growing danger from more intense and harder-to -control fires that have swept Western and Midwestern states […]

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Deer health and wild game bird outlooks for the fall hunting season

BY: - September 29, 2021

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed that a tissue sample from a La Crosse County deer tested positive for the virus that causes Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. It was confirmed after a landowner reported eight dead deer across a 200-acre property south of La Crosse. This particular virus is carried by midges, a kind […]

Biden walks by a Wisconsin flag to tout American Jobs Plan

Wisconsin could see major changes if Congress passes ‘Build Back Better’

BY: - September 23, 2021

In Washington, D.C., two intertwined pieces of legislation are ensnared in bickering among House and Senate Democrats while Republicans mostly look the other way. But this week, a pair of conversations 850 miles west of the nation’s capital brought the potential impact of those bills home to Wisconsin — a brief slice of real life […]

A gray wolf (Getty Images). Endangered species hunting DNR

Nonprofit status of group pushing for Wisconsin wolf hunts may not be valid

BY: - September 22, 2021

Update: This article was published on Wednesday morning, Hunter Nation officials did not respond to requests for comment until Thursday afternoon. We have now updated it with their comments throughout. The hunters’ rights advocacy organization heavily involved in pushing to hold wolf hunts in Wisconsin and other intense fights over the state’s conservation policy claims […]

Circuit Court rules Natural Resources Board chair can remain in seat

BY: - September 17, 2021

A Dane County Circuit Court judge ruled on Friday that Frederick Prehn can remain in his seat as chair of the Natural Resources Board (NRB).  Prehn has refused to give up his seat since his term expired on May 1, saying state law allows him to hold on until his replacement, already nominated by Gov. […]

Environmental groups can file brief, but not join WMC lawsuit against hazardous contamination law

BY: - September 17, 2021

A Waukesha County judge will allow a group of environmental organizations to file a “friend of the court” brief in a lawsuit brought by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), the state’s largest business lobbying group, against the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  The WMC lawsuit challenges Wisconsin’s “spills law,” which forces anyone who is responsible […]