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!

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

Chapter contact: Steve Querin-Schultz, [email protected] 
Board representative: Gary Eldred, (608) 375-5271
Facebook:  Chapter page

What's New?

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.


Upcoming Events

Annual Southwest Chapter Meeting & Picnic *Sept 18

You are invited to join other chapter members for our Annual Southwest Chapter Picnic and Membership Meeting, that will be held Saturday, September 18, on the Jack Kussmaul property at 10725 County Road C, Woodman, Wisconsin.
We will begin, for those who are interested, with a tour of the 97-acre parcel, which overlooks the Wisconsin River. It consists of restored prairie, savanna and open woodland. This is the result of more than 25 years effort. The tour will begin at 10:00 a.m.
At noon we will have a potluck picnic and a chance to catch up with other chapter members. This will immediately be followed with the Membership Meeting. Directors for next year will be elected and any member will have the opportunity to bring up anything they wish for discussion.
Following the Membership Meeting a Directors’ Meeting will take place, and all members are more than welcome to remain for this.
If you have questions, you may contact Jack Kussmaul at [email protected] or at 608-988-4309.

Keep up to date on all events hosted by our chapter, and others, on the Southwest Chapter Facebook page.