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Policy and Programs

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation protects fish and wildlife habitat, fishing, hunting, trapping, shooting sports and other outdoor sporting and recreational opportunities. We develop and advance policies that protect fish and wildlife habitat, and that promote public access to lands and water for outdoor recreation.

To promote strong conservation policy, we:

  • Work with members of Wisconsin State Legislature and occasionally members of the US Congress.
  • Participate in rule-making processes to ensure that the law is meaningfully implemented at the administrative level.
  • Work in coalition with other organizations to develop and advance policies important to our members.

In developing our policies, our members—individuals and clubs—bring forth specific policies or ideas to our committees. The members of that committee discuss those policies and formulate specific positions as appropriate. Because the committee represents a variety of diverse interests and viewpoints, a policy position that arises from this committee is well developed and defensible. Once the committee adopts a policy position, it brings it to the full board for discussion. If adopted, the board directs its staff and/or the appropriate committee to take action to advance that policy.

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation further engages in conservation policy through the development of the Conservation Leadership Corps Program. Each year, this program recruits some of the best natural resource professionals to train young conservation leaders (high school seniors-college juniors) on how to develop, write and present policy resolutions through proper leadership and legislative skills. Learn more about the Conservation Leadership Corps.  

All of the policies developed and advanced by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation are grounded in science, not in politics. As such, they may not always be popular, but they do the right thing for wildlife and wildlife habitat.