Environment

Mining
1:08 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Who Knew Mining Could Be So Emotional? In Wisconsin, It Certainly Is

Writer Erik Gunn at the Penokee art exhibit at the Urban Ecology Center.
Credit Susan Bence

Plenty of journalists have covered – over the past year or so – the often hostile legislative and environmental battle that surrounded proposed iron or mining in the far-off Penokee Hills – located just below Lake Superior.

Although Wisconsin has a new mining law that streamlines permitting; and Gogebic Taconite – a company that sprouted from a Florida-based business – has begun its application process, writer Erik Gunn with Milwaukee Magazine thought the subject deserved a fresh examination.

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Environment
10:56 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Stewardship Funding Will Soon Face Legislative Scrutiny

Local land trust hopes to preserve prime Milwaukee River real estate for public urban green space

The Joint Finance Committee continues working its way through the “dollars and cents” of Governor Walker’s proposed 2013-2015 state budget. One program facing scrutiny is the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Over the past 20 years, the fund has protected more than 600,000 acres. It pools resources of the DNR, local government and land trusts. You have only to head up the Milwaukee River to see the funding at work.

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Environment
3:28 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

How Green Can Ribbon Be?

A sampling of Cream City Ribbon

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met a local entrepreneur adding color and a sustainable flair to the art of ribbon making.

Eric Crawford has reinvented himself several times over his 53 years. The Milwaukee native has done everything from working as a cruise director in Florida to earning a master’s in human resources.

The green thread wove its way into his psyche during boyhood summers spent at wilderness camp.

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Environment
10:14 am
Fri April 26, 2013

A Floating Fish Habitat - An Experiment on Milwaukee's Rivers

A crew moves along the Milwaukee River fastening floating aquatic plant baskets to sheet piling.
Credit Susan Bence

This Earth Week, Environmental Reporter Susan Bence has been relaying the voices and stories of people who steward our habitat in their own, unique way.

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Parting Thoughts From a Natural Resources Advocate

Outgoing chair David Clausen at a recent meeting of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.
Credit Susan Bence

Environmental Reporter Susan Bence interviews David Clausen.

Unless you’ve “rubbed shoulders with it” – the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board may mean nothing to you.

Yet the roots of the seven-member panel created to serve as a bridge between natural resources policy and the good of the people – date back to 1867.

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