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The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin: Chapter 2, Assessment of Current Conditions

ByThe Wisconsin DNR Ecosystem Management Planning Team

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Land and water conservation planners, property managers, natural resources administrators, researchers, educators, and private landowners now have a comprehensive reference to help identify, prioritize, and sustain Wisconsin’s ecological resources. “The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin” provides a compendium of ecological, social and economic information about Wisconsin’s 16 distinct ecological landscapes. Included among these unique landscapes are the kettle lakes in Wisconsin’s northern forests, the prairies and oak savannas in the south, and the coulees and ridges of the unglaciated southwest. The book describes the natural communities found in the state, the natural communities present at the time of settlement, how they have changed over time, the emerging challenges they face, and what management opportunities they offer. The publication further identifies the best areas in the state to manage for these natural communities, key habitats, aquatic features, and native plants and animals today. It identifies resources that might be especially appropriate to sustain, emphasize, or restore within each ecological landscape. In addition, it identifies and prioritizes Wisconsin’s most ecologically important resources relative to the Great Lakes region, the North American continent, and the world. The major principles of ecosystem and landscape-scale management as well as socioeconomic activities compatible with important ecological features in each of the 16 landscapes are also discussed. – This book will be useful for local property managers and statewide program managers in prioritizing what natural resources to focus on at a specific property. – County and township land and water conservation planners may use this information to develop regional and township land use plans. – Nongovernmental organizations may use it to develop strategic plans, design conservation projects, and develop grant proposals. – Educators may use it to teach about the natural resources of the state. – Private citizens may use it to understand the ecology of areas they live in and visit and to help them develop a “sense of place.” This publication will help users understand the ecology and socioeconomic characteristics of the different regions of the state at a broad scale, ensure that the resources most in need of management get attention and that all native species, natural communities, and other important habitats are being maintained somewhere in the state.


Publication Date
Jan 13, 2023
No Known Copyright (Public Domain)
By (author): The Wisconsin DNR Ecosystem Management Planning Team


Coil Bound
Interior Color
US Letter (8.5 x 11 in / 216 x 279 mm)

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