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MAY 26, 2015
Starved for fire, Wisconsin’s pine barrens disappear
A century spent treating wildfires as emergencies to be stamped out may have cost Central Wisconsin a natural setting that was common and thriving before the state was settled.


MAY 22, 2015
Tolerance of wolves in Wisconsin continues to decline
Wolf. The very word can conjure an image of a venerable pack of canines passing quietly through moonlit woods. Or, it can evoke anger over livestock lost at the jaws of a hungry predator.


MAY 19, 2015
Pasture partnership supports organic dairy farmers across Wisconsin
In an effort to help improve the health of pastures owned by dairy farmers across Wisconsin and beyond, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have established a partnership with Organic Valley, the nation's largest organic farming cooperative, to study how to make pastures as productive, nutritious and sustainable as possible.


MAY 18, 2015
CFIRE summit to address sustainable transportation
What role will transportation play in creating a sustainable future? A multidisciplinary group of researchers will grapple with this question at the Next Generation Transportation for a Sustainable Future summit May 29, 2015, at the Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: George Reistad ('11), Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
I currently work as the assistant policy director at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in Madison, Wis. We focus on sustainable agriculture through three program areas: education, public policy and research. My position focuses on everything from local foods policy issues like the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Program to federal conservation programs like the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: Kevin Thatcher Gerike ('12), Xavier High School
I am currently a teacher at Xavier High School on the island of Weno in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia. I teach a range of science courses – environmental science, marine science, earth science, food and gardening, and I have also taught chemistry. I also started and continue working with Earth Council, a youth environmental organization on campus.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: Missy Setz ('12), Geosyntec Consultants
I am a senior staff engineer at a geoenvironmental/geotechnical engineering consulting firm. I work on site remediation projects for various Air Force bases and am currently completing a geotechnical investigation on a dam as a response to the Fukushima disaster.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: Courtney Wright ('11), Northwoods Wildlife Center
I am currently the assistant director of education at Northwoods Wildlife Center located in Minocqua, Wis., a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation and education center that cares for 400-500 animals a year, as well as educating 30,000-plus people on topics related to the natural world. I help in all areas of the Center, from bringing educational programming to area schools, to creating and carrying out fundraising events, to assisting in wildlife rehabilitation practices.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: Clint Fandrich ('14), Wisconsin State Energy Office
I am working at the Wisconsin State Energy Office as a bioenergy analyst. Currently, my primary efforts involve an evaluation of Wisconsin's biogas/anaerobic digester industry to make policy recommendations for system operation, siting and economics.


MAY 12, 2015
Brazilian beef industry moves to reduce its destruction of rain forests
Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of huge swaths of rain forest in Brazil, home to the world's largest herd of commercial beef cattle. But a new study shows that market-driven "zero deforestation agreements" have dramatically influenced the behavior of ranchers and the slaughterhouses to which they sell.


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