WAUSAU - Northern Wisconsin environmental and tribal leaders gathered in Wausau Tuesday to talk about Wisconsin's environment and how to preserve it.
Chairman of Honor the Earth Minnesota Paul DeMain says the discussion was centered around boosting native species.
"We're here to talk about the need to lift the biodiversity of the Great Lakes Region as a carbon neutralizer," said DeMain.
DeMain said creating a safe space for plants and animals will soak up carbon from the atmosphere.
"This is a long term plan that hopefully works to offset global warming, while at the same time providing a core wilderness area," said DeMain.
CD-7 Democratic Candidate Tricia Zunker attended Tuesday's meeting.
Zunker said her purpose for attending was to hear what environmental experts have to say.
"I am here kind of on a listening tour to hear their suggestions," said Zunker.
Zunker said as a congresswoman she would prioritize the environment.
"When we consider legislation, we should consider the environmental impact," said Zunker.
She said helping the natural world would mean helping people who rely on it for a living
"We have a farm crisis here in Wisconsin that we need to address," said Zunker. "There are a number of things we need to do including access to competitive markets and eliminating predatory business practices."
Zunker believes incentives for sustainable farming practices would deliver short term and long term results.
She said she will give those who are concerned about the environment a sense of security.
"I'll let them know when I serve them as their congresswoman," said Zunker. "I will also be advocating for environmental protection."
Newswatch12 also reached out to Zunker's opponent in the Congressional District 7 race this spring -- Republican Tom Tiffany about his thoughts on environmental regulations and incentives.
He answered with a statement, saying "As a former owner of a tourism-oriented small business, I know the value of protecting our natural resources. We can balance having a clean environment and ensuring we have a robust economy for jobs in rural Wisconsin."