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Fighting Bob Fest IV
September 10, Baraboo


Join Fighting BobFest in Baraboo, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 10, 2005 where we will celebrate the 150 th birthday of Robert M. “Fighting Bob” La Follette. We’ll also welcome the grassroots excitement of The People’s Legislature, and plan a course of action for reform. There will be speakers, music, and an enthusiastic crowd of progressives looking for new ways to improve upon the “experiment in democracy” that is Wisconsin.

Meetings & Events

WDNR Public Hearings and Meetings

Be sure to check Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website for hearings and meetings each month.

See WDNR Public Hearings and Meetings

Public Hearings on Shoreland Zoning Rules
through Aug 4

From Clean Wisconsin

Development along Wisconsin's lakes and rivers has been governed by a set of rules that is almost 40 years old. Given the advancement of knowledge about lakes and rivers in the past 40 years, this is an important and essential opportunity for our voices to be heard.

The DNR will be holding 11 public hearings across the state in July and August. We need your help.

The updated rules:

  • Help maintain and restore natural areas that protect water quality and provide critical habitat for fish and wildlife, while at the same time providing greater flexibility and certainty for property owners.
  • Allow property owners greater flexibility in improving and expanding so-called 'non-conforming structures' built before 1968 so long as they restore shoreline vegetation in return.
  • Allows each county to decide on vegetation management to best protect local resources.
  • Were developed with broad public participation and diverse representation.

The bigger the turnout at these hearings the stronger our message will be!

Please attend one of these hearings to express your support for these proposed rules. For more details and the schedule of hearings, see Clean Wisconsin's website.

If you have questions or if you plan on attending one of the public hearings please let Will Hoyer, Clean Wisconsin Water Specialist, know at (608)-251-7020 x20 or We'd like to track turnout, so please let us know if you plan on attending.

For more information on the issue please visit the: Wisconsin DNR Shoreland Management webpage.  

Wisconsin Wetlands Association 2005
Field Trip Series
June - September

Get your feet wet!

WWA invites you to get your feet wet and experience the beauty and ecology of wetlands first hand on one of our upcoming field trips.

See the schedule

Unless otherwise noted, field trips are free for WWA members and $10 for non-members. To register for a field trip,
email or call our office at 608-250-9971.

Sailing adventures through Cable Natural History Museum
July 15-Aug 15

Make room in your summer calendar for a day of guided sailing adventure among Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands, offered by the Cable Natural History Museum. Space is limited so you will want to book early.

The Museum’s Apostle Islands Sailing trips will run from July 15 to Aug. 15. Sail aboard the Golden Moment, a 32-foot Irwin centerboard sloop, with a Coast Guard-licensed captain. Participants will learn about the natural history of the Apostle Islands and the Chequamegon Bay are from a Museum naturalist.

Read the article in Bayfield County Journal

A View from the Lake: A Guided Tour of Lake Superior and its Coast
June - September

Throughout the summer, a series of Lake Superior boat trips will be offered aboard the L.L. Smith, Jr. Research Vessel that will allow residents from Bayfield to Grand Marais to view their community from the water. Educators from the Lake Superior Research Institute and University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program will use the scene to discuss land use, development, natural resources, and water quality issues. Participants can try their hand at collecting water samples, see displays of local geographical information, and learn about Lake Superior research.

The trips are about 3 hours in length and an admission fee of $15 per person is due upon boarding the boat.

For more information see A View from the Lake
Go to Schedule and Registration

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands Educators Workshop and Facilitators Training
Aug 11-12

WOW! has been called, "the most comprehensive introduction to wetland issues and definitions" by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). WOW! is a recommended resource by the National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA).

Wisconsin Wetlands Association, in partnership with UW Arboretum and Environmental Concern, will be offering two WOW! workshops this summer in Dane County:

  • WOW! Workshop for Educators - August 11
  • WOW! Facilitators Training - August 12

Program examines Lake Michigan shoreline protection program
Aug 11, Aug 18, Aug 30

Protecting the Lake Michigan Shoreline Program: 4-6 p.m. Thursday and July 28, Aug. 11, 18 and 30 at Manitowoc County Office Complex at 4319 Expo Drive, Manitowoc. Thursday: What types of farming systems exist in Northeast Wisconsin? July 28: Understanding agricultural non-point pollution. Aug. 11: Discovery Farms, goals and operation. Aug. 18: How is the water quality data collected (on-farm)? Aug. 30: What are we learning from the data in Northeastern Wisconsin? Free. Registration required. (920) 683-4168.

From Green Bay Press Gazette

Great Lakes Hearings in August

From Clean Wisconsin

Clean Wisconsin urges all Wisconsin citizens who care about the Great Lakes and our special places to take the time to attend one of four public hearings held in August on a pair of initiatives – the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact Agreement and the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Restoration Strategy.

The hearings – to be held in Superior, Ashland, Green Bay and Milwaukee – offer citizens the chance to learn about the plans and provide comments to the DNR and the governor.  Each hearing will feature a presentation on the two initiatives followed by time for citizens to provide their comments.

This will be the second summer that residents have the opportunity to provide feedback on the Compact.  The Compact is a “responsibility pact” designed to protect the Great Lakes by putting strict limits on the diversion of water outside the Great Lakes basin.  The Restoration Strategy is out for its first and only public comment period.   

If fully funded it would begin the process of cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes by addressing such issues as invasive species, polluted runoff, toxic pollutants and wetlands.

Hearing schedule:

  • Superior, Aug. 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Barker's Island Inn, 300 Marina Drive. Hosted by representatives of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration.
  • Ashland, Aug. 8 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, U.S. Highway 2 and County Highway G. Open house at 4 p.m. Presentation and public comment starts at 4:30 p.m. DNR sponsored.
  • West Allis, Aug. 22 at Wisconsin State Fair Park Youth Center, 640 S. 84th St. Enter Gate 5. Open house at 6:30 p.m. Presentation and public comment starts at 7 p.m. DNR sponsored.
  • Ashwaubenon, Aug. 29 at Ashwaubenon Village Hall, 2155 Holmgren Way. Open house at 5 p.m. Presentation and public comment starts at 5:30 p.m. DNR sponsored.

DNR has the full information on the Annex and Restoration hearings up at its Great Lakes office websites
and and have the documents and e-letters to the Governor

Derek Scheer
Water Policy Director
Clean Wisconsin
(Formerly Wisconsin's Environmental Decade)
122 State Street, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53703-2500
P: 608.251.7020    F: 608.251.1655

Wisconsin Woodland group to hold seminars
Aug 19-20, Sept 23-25, and Oct 28-29

The Woodland Leadership Institute of Wisconsin is seeking candidates for its environmental program.

Three seminars, scheduled for Aug. 19 to 20, Sept. 23 to 25 and Oct. 28 to 29, will teach woodland owners how to become leaders in their local communities on issues related to forestry, sustainable forest management and public policy.

Individuals interested in the program should contact the office of State Rep. Garey Bies at (888) 482-0001 or by mail at P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708-8952.

Read the article in Green Bay Press Gazette

National Land Conservation Conference: Rally 2005

October 14-17, 2005
Monona Terrace Convention Center
Madison, Wisconsin

From Lisa Jacobson, Land Trust Alliance 

We invite you to join us this fall in Madison, Wisconsin for the National Land Conservation Conference.  The 18 th Rally will be held at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace Convention Center from Friday, October 14 through Monday, October 17.  Don't miss the largest gathering of land conservationists in the world!

Highlights Include:

  • 30 daylong and half-day intensive seminars  on topics such as building your membership, keys to growing a successful land trust and tax strategies in land conservation
  • More than 130 workshops  to choose from in 16 different tracks including a brand new track in Urban Land Conservation
  • 11 field trips  including tours of Taliesin & Aldo Leopold's shack
  • A keynote address from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • A lecture on the legacy of Aldo Leopold 
  • Countless networking opportunities  including facilitated break out sessions over lunch, regional receptions, an opening dinner, a closing reception, yoga, a fun run and a poetry slam.

More information about Rally, including a downloadable registration form, is available at

Online registration will be available in mid-June! 

Lisa Jacobson
Training and Conferences Coordinator
Land Trust Alliance
1331 H Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
202-638-4725 x330
202-638-4730 (FAX)

Joining the Waters: A Forum on Tribal Sovereignty and Water Quality in Wisconsin
October 22-22, Lac du Flambeau

October 21-22, 2005
Lake of the Torches Conference Center
510 Old Abe Road
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538

Midwest Environmental Advocates, Inc. is organizing a diverse alliance of native and non-native conservationists to explore issues and threats to our collective right to clean water and to discuss Native American sovereignty and its implications for water quality protection in Wisconsin's lakes and waters.

This October 2005 Forum will provide a unique opportunity for collaboration between native and non-native conservationists working to protect Wisconsin water legacy.

For more information:

Read the MEA announcement of the Forum (PDF) 

Go to the MEA page about the Forum

Download the Early Registration Form

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