Coulee Region Chapter is within the Driftless Region of western Wisconsin. The area contains dry hill prairies, river terrace sand prairies, oak savanna, and oak barrens. Many members have small hill prairie remnants, and we work on those along with partnering on other lands. We share the vast knowledge within our membership amongst ourselves, and with others through outreach activities.The Coulee Region chapter covers Buffalo, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us!
Chapter contact: Jim Rogala, email, 608-799-6344
February 18 Chapter Meeting - Starting at 10:00 a.m., Room 301, Cowley Hall, UW-La Crosse. We will have an open agenda to continue discussion on the topics raised at our last meeting and any other topics of interest.
March 18 Chapter Meeting/Burn Refresher - This meeting will include our annual prescribed burn refresher. We will include a discussion on writing burn plans. The location of this meeting may be at a burn site, with a burn to follow if conditions are right. I'll send out meeting details as the date nears.
Thanks to volunteers - Several members have volunteered to help plan for the TPE 2017 picnic and 2018 conference and banquet. If others are interested in joining the committees, let me know.
Last Chapter Meeting Outcome Our last chapter meeting was on December 3. Scott Fulton (new TPE President) and Chris Kirkpatrick (Executive Director) joined us for discussions on a variety of topics. It was a good opportunity to begin to enhance communication between our chapter and the larger organization. The main topics we discussed were: 1) opportunities to get a work crew available to landowners interested in hiring them, 2) ways to assure successful prairie management that is under government programs (CRP, in particular), and 3) opportunities to protect small prairie parcels that members own. We'll be looking for input on these and other topics through discussions at meetings in the future and polls of the membership.