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From Stories to Solutions: Building a Wisconsin Task Force for Natural Climate Solutions

May 26, 2023 - 8:00am to 1:15pm
Kemp Natural Resources Station / Virtual • • Woodruff
Wisconsin's Climate Stories
Friday, May 26, 2023 - 8:00am to 1:15pm


Kemp Natural Resources Station / Virtual
9161 Kemp Rd
54568 Woodruff , WI

Join the Wisconsin Academy for the second talk in Wisconsin’s Climate Stories series! This time, the Academy is bringing together three incredible leaders who all have a deep connection with our forested lands. There will also be a special opportunity to learn about and participate in a workshop led by Wisconsin's Green Fire to build a natural climate solutions task force for Wisconsin. 

Through the speaker's stories, you’ll discover how climate change has impacted their work and personal lives. You will hear firsthand accounts of the challenges they have faced and the solutions they found. From forestry management to basket weaving and everything in between, these storytellers will inspire you.

This event is not just about listening to stories – it is about taking action. The Wisconsin’s Climate Stories series is designed to build on the success of last year’s Climate Fast Forward conference and broaden your network of like-minded individuals through breakout rooms and discussions. With breakout rooms to further the actions from the Climate Fast Forward Action Plan and Wisconsin's Green Fire workshop, participants online and in person will have an opportunity to advance climate solutions in Wisconsin. 

Whether you join us in person at Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff, Wisconsin, or on Zoom, you will be part of a community of changemakers. If you attend in person, please pack a lunch. 

Agenda for From Stories to Solutions
8:00 - 9:00 am: Bird walk and/or Forestry talk around Kemp Station (in person only)
9:15 - 10:30 am: Poetry reading, storytelling, and discussion
10:30 - 11:30 am: Break
11:30 - 1:30 pm: Forming a Natural Climate Solutions Task Force Discussion, led by Wisconsin's Green Fire


Kemp Natural Resources Station, Woodruff, WI

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Thank you to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for sponsoring this event


Fred Clark is the Executive Director for Wisconsin's Green Fire, an organization dedicated to promoting science in conservation.

Ron earned his B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison and is retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) after 36 years as Wildlife Biologist at Rhinelander. He worked on wildlife and forest habitat issues including forest biodiversity and specialized in bald eagle, osprey and wild rice conservation.

Joe Hovel has practiced land conservation for decades, and as head of Partners in Forestry Cooperative he has been a tireless advocate for others, leading by example.

Linda Parker was the Forest Ecologist with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest for over 30 years. She is now retired from the US Forest Service but is active with Wisconsin's Green Fire and the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. She lives in Phillips WI.

Dwayne Sperber is a champion of the environment and has dedicated himself to advancing the urban wood industry across the United States. His mission is to support and protect the urban forests by promoting the use of socially responsible and sustainably supplied urban wood.

April Stone is an Ojibwe Black Ash basket maker from the Bad River reservation in northern Wisconsin. She has been harvesting basket material from the swamps where the tree lives and making utilitarian baskets since 1999.

Denise “Dee” Sweet is First Nations Organizer for Wisconsin Conservation Voices and manager for WI Native Vote.  Dee initiates contact and builds working relationships with tribal communities— both urban and rural— fostering civic engagement through voter registration and voter participation.  In a public information capacity, she also helps bui

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