The Southwest Wisconsin Grasslands Network is a partnership of organizations and agencies that share a common vision: a region that is rich in healthy grasslands, successful working farms, clear-flowing streams, diverse wildlife, and people who value and enjoy this landscape. The Network focuses on the grassland-rich region in Grant, Lafayette, Iowa, Dane, and Green Counties in southwest Wisconsin.

 

Since 96% of the region’s land is privately owned, network organizations focus on equipping landowners with knowledge and resources for managing their lands in ways that protect and benefit natural resources.

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Our goals are to:

 

  • Support awareness of the status of grasslands among those who live and work in the area.
     

  • Focus strategies and activities on key conservation targets such as springs and streams, remnant prairies and oak savanna, reconstructed grasslands, rare and declining species.
     

  • Assist landowners with accessing resources and tools they need to manage and protect natural resources on their property.
     

  • Promote and implement best conservation practices that are economically and ecologically viable.
     

  • Endorse and influence policies that make conservation feasible for farmers and other landowners.
     

  • Help people enjoy and value grasslands.
     

  • Grow community awareness, trust, and engagement in the Network’s mission

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