Southwest Chapter is in the heart of the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin. The area contains dry hill prairies, river terrace sand and wet prairies, and oak savannas. We have many TPE-owned properties that require our care in managing and restoring. Our chapter was one of the first chapters formed, and we have a long and rich history!
The Southwest chapter covers Grant, Crawford, Richland, and Iowa Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us!
The Southwest Chapter is so pleased to have formed a working partnership with the students of the UW-Platteville Reclamation Club. We have worked side by side on multiple work parties and plan more events and programs in the future.
The reclamation program at UW-Platteville, initiated in 1980, is presently the oldest four-year reclamation major in the USA. The program is strongly grounded in the field sciences. In addition to the traditional sciences of biology, geology, chemistry and ecology, the reclamation program includes courses in communication, civil engineering, agriculture, soil science, environmental law and GIS. In order to better reflect changes in the program and curriculum, the name was changed to the Reclamation, Environment and Conservation (REC) program in the early 2000s.
The Reclamation Club was designed to help students studying Reclamation at UW-Platteville gain exposure to the field of reclamation. Because of the wide range of courses and interests, students of all fields of study are encouraged to become active with the club. The Reclamation Club is a great way for students grasp real world experience for reclamation and participate in reclamation projects prior to graduation.
The Newsletter of the Botanical Club of Wisconsin had a great article about a summer plant inventory at Sylvan Road Conservancy Area.
Read Kevin Doyle's article here.
June 26, 2021 Turtle Workshop with Dr. Rebecca Christoffel
Dr. Rebecca A. Christoffel, a reptile and amphibian conservationist, will be presenting an in-person workshop on local turtles and their habits.
Put this event on your calendar and then cross your fingers that by June most us will have had our vaccines and it will be safe to gather again.
The workshop will be held at Jack Kussmaul’s home near Woodman. Jack’s property sits next to the Wisconsin River and this time of year the turtles are moving between the water and Jack’s land to lay their eggs. We hope to be able to scout the area and watch the turtles.
More information about this workshop will be posted when we get closer to the event.
July 18 & September 11, 2021 Private Prairie Tours *Both beginning at 10 AM
July 18 – The day will begin with a tour of the Roger and Pat Smith farm in rural Boscobel and we will have a picnic there. We will then move on to the Phil Wegman property, north of Lancaster. Our final stop will be at the Erin and Jeff Huebschman 5-acre prairie located in their subdivision in Lancaster.
September 11 – We will begin at the Jim Dworschak property in rural Soldiers Grove to see his vintage car collection and his prairie. We will then move on to the Gary Adams property, also in rural Soldiers Grove, for a picnic lunch and tour of his prairie. From there we will move to see the adjoining properties of Mike Nee and Phil Jennings at rural Richland Center.
More information and directions will be posted closer to the dates
Keep up to date on all events hosted by our chapter, and others, on the Southwest Chapter Facebook page.