Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin

The Wisconsin DNR publication,  Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin, written for land and water conservation planners and managers, administrators, researchers, educators, students, landowners, and others interested in Wisconsin’s natural resources has been updated and released.  

The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin is a compilation of ecological, social, and economic information about Wisconsin’s 16 distinct ecological landscapes that can help identify, locate, and sustain Wisconsin’s ecological resources.

The publication describes Wisconsin’s landscapes at the time of European settlement, how our natural communities have changed over time, and the emerging challenges facing them today.  It identifies opportunities in each landscape to restore and maintain ecosystems.

The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin also identifies and prioritizes Wisconsin’s most ecologically important resources relative to the rest of the Great Lakes region, the North American continent, and the world.  

“The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin” is a book that identifies the best areas of the state to manage for different natural communities, key habitats, aquatic features and native plants and animals from an ecosystem management perspective. It also highlights socio-economic activities that are compatible with sustaining these important features across Wisconsin. In addition, it prioritizes Wisconsin’s most ecologically-important resources relative to the rest of the continent and beyond.

The book provides information to assist management and planning decisions at different scales and encourages use of a long-term perspective. It is intended to help users better understand the ecology and socio-economic characteristics of the 16 Ecological Landscapes that make up Wisconsin, so all of Wisconsin’s native species and natural communities can be sustained.

You can find a link to this publication from the WI DNR on their website as well as under our Resource>Publications Page