West Wisconsin Landowner Assistance Program

Ecological Strategies staff designed this program to help private landowners create sound natural resource management plans. Many landowners want to preserve and enhance the wildlife habitat and other ecological aspects of their property, but do not have the time or expertise to create such a plan. In addition, while many professionals can supply advice on agricultural or forestry land areas, a sound management addresses the entire property and its many uses, including natural areas and water resources. Developing this more comprehensive management plan requires input from a team with knowledge about several subjects including ecology, soil science, wildlife biology and forestry. Our staff has the skills and experience to gather and synthesize these aspects of resource management, and to work with you to achieve your goals.

Why is management desirable

Until recently, most conservation-minded people thought the best way to protect natural resources was to set the land aside and leave it alone. We now understand that human activities have significantly altered our environment such that without management, the health of the land may be compromised. We are dealing today with the realities that vast forests have been fragmented into small “islands”, prairies are choked out by other plants because of lack of fire, weedy non-native species are damaging indigenous ecosystems, and most areas have been subjected to some form of pollution. Well-planned land management can help counter these effects.

management components

  1. Identify goals
  2. Conduct site survey and mapping
  3. Create site management and restoration plan
  4. Select appropriate organizations/programs/companies to seek assistance
  5. Implementation recommendations
  6. Monitoring recommendations

selected projects

Elk Creek Farm

Elk Creek Farm is a 120-acre property located in West Wisconsin’s “coulee” country – a mix of steep hills and winding valleys, covered by forests, agriculture and prairie. The landowner’s goals are to maintain biodiversity, protect and improve wildlife habitat, reduce soil erosion, garden organically, and hike and hunt on the land. Our inventory and mapping work will provide the landowners a base map for developing a management plan for the property.

Seifert Farm

The Seifert Farm is located in the Mississippi River valley near Pepin, Wisconsin. The primary land uses are raising cattle and recreation. Cover types include pasture & hay land, crop land, and several forest types. Our recommendations to the landowners included suggestions for how to continue current land use while protecting and restoring areas with remnant native prairie plants.