Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Our interactions and activities in the Framework: 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) actively supports the Climate Change Response Framework in a variety of ways, including providing experts to participate in CCRF workshops and other initiatives. The WDNR has also participated in the development of several adaptation demonstration projects, including the Caroline Lake Demonstration Project focused on the Caroline Lake State Natural Area. 

Our broader climate change activities and perspectives: 

Adaptation Workshops – In March, 2012, the WDNR hosted three adaptation workshops for department supervisors and program managers. The intent of the workshops was to 1) Share information about Wisconsin’s changing climate and the impacts to our natural resources and “built” environment; and 2) Engage supervisors in a discussion about the policy and management issues that need to be considered through the lens of changing climate in the state. The workshops were well attended (90 supervisors) and considered very successful.

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) – The WDNR and the University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies founded WICCI in 2007. The department has participated in all aspects of WICCI including the Science Council, Advisory Committee, and Working Groups, and continues to lead as the next phase of WICCI begins.

National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy – The WDNR actively participated in the development of the NFWPCAS by providing staff to the Steering Committee and Technical Teams and currently participate on the National Strategy Implementation Team.

Department of Interior Climate Science Center Federal Advisory Board  –  The WDNR has two representatives on the Department of Interior Climate Science Center Federal Advisory Board.