Category Archives: Green & Gold

Trump wrong-footed on Great Lakes action

Bighead Carp | Photo Credit: Kate Gardiner President Trump likes bold executive orders to shake things up. So here are a couple that could endear him to the voters in the Midwestern fly-over states who put him in the Oval Office. He could… Read more

Packer charity agenda better than Super Bowl win


The Green Bay Packers had a solid year on the field in 2014, but enjoyed — a few player indiscretions notwithstanding — a great year off the field. Its annual report reported a 16% increase in revenue to $376 million, a 10.5% increase in net… Read more

Will legislature take heed of conservation majorities?


Governor Warren Knowles Governor Gaylord Nelson There hasn’t been much public talk in GOP ranks about the fates of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund and the Natural Resources Board since the release of Gov. Walker’s proposed budget… Read more

Can a presidential candidate be anti-conservation?

Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker Here we go again with the Wisconsin Republican Party and its war on conservation. With polls on conservation matters almost always showing three-quarters of the population in favor of conservation of water and sensitive… Read more

Passions remain high on Penokee mine

Tom Fitz, Northland College

Tom Fitz, Northland College CABLE — It would be a mistake to under-estimate the passion that opponents bring to the conflict surrounding an open-pit iron mine in the Penokee Range of northwestern Wisconsin. I walked into a “community… Read more

On the Way to Grade A for Milwaukee River

The impressive and encouraging improvements along the 100 miles of the Milwaukee River didn’t just happen. They are the results of a half-century of far-sighted leadership, dedicated efforts of thousands of citizens and intentional, innovative… Read more

The amazing nexus of Digger Crayfish and land trusts


A surprising thing happened this year on the way to trapping salamanders and prairie crayfish in Ozaukee County as part of a county and land trust project to map and inventory existing wildlife species. Gary Casper and his volunteers discovered a… Read more

Small ball vs. long ball on environment


One of the advantages of being an old cocker is that you can bear witness to what’s worked over time and what hasn’t. With three-quarters of a century under my belt in Wisconsin, I have been privileged to witness some incredible environmental… Read more

Stewardship begets salamanders, clean water

spotted salamander

“Doctor Herp” called about 6 p.m. on a cold and rainy night recently and asked if we wanted to check out salamander matings in an ephemeral pond on a choice piece of Kettle Moraine land. I declined and headed for the hot tub, but my wife… Read more

Collaborative EMS could help mining permit


Now that Wisconsin has a new law on the books to allow quicker permitting for a ferrous mine in the Penokee Range, the mining company needs to assess how it approaches the permitting process. Gogebic Taconite (GTAC), owned by the larger mining… Read more