Coulee Region

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 among 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! 

Learn more by visiting About our chapter and Sites and Projects web pages.

 

Chapter contact:  Jim Rogala, jrogala58@gmail.com, 608-799-6344

Facebook:  Chapter page


What's New

 

CANCELLED
Prescribed Burn Class
Cohosted by the Coulee Region Chapter
Saturday March 21
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Location: Myrick Park Center, 789 Myrick Park Dr, La Crosse, WI (NOTE location change)
This class follows the curriculum developed by TPE specifically for the types of burn we conduct here in the Midwest. There will be a minimal registration fee. Details can be found in this flier.

For additional burn training classes click here.


Burn Season!
Not too early to start making your plans. If you are 1) interested in having volunteers help with a burn or 2) interested in helping on burns, then contact Jim Rogala (email) to get on the chapter lists. 

Prairie hikes in the Coulee Region
The TPE Field Trip Flier has hikes across all chapters. Below are those in our chapter area. Check for more details in the flier and on the TPE calendar.
May 2, 10:00 to noon - Holland Sand Prairie, La Crosse County, Wis.

The Holland Sand Prairie has some impressive patches of Pasque flower, Prairie smoke, and Bird’s-foot violet displaying in the spring. Hikers can expect to see at least one, if not all, of these species near peak bloom on this hike. This 61-acre Mississippi Valley Conservancy protected remnant prairie is one of the few remaining Mississippi River terrace prairies. Learn more about the site at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=553

May 17, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. - La Crosse River State Trail’s Rockland Prairie, La Crosse County, Wis.

BRING YOUR BIKE for a leisurely ride on the bike trail to find remnants near Rockland. Downy phlox, Hoary puccoon, Columbine, Birds-foot violet, Lupine and other late spring blooms should be present along the old railroad right-of-way at this time of year. Learn more at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=184

June 14, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. - Rogala Hill Prairies, La Crosse County, Wis.

After years of restoration work by the landowner and burns by the Coulee Region Chapter, TPE placed a conservation easement on this property in 2018. Come see the results of management efforts to enhance and enlarge these small hill prairies near Rockland. There are also prairie plantings on the lower slopes to see.