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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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