The Southwest Chapter is in the heart of the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin which contains 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


Southwest Chapter Board of Directors

 Chapter Leadership

        Chair, Jack Kussmaul           Secretary/Treasurer, Steve Querin-Schultz

 SW Chapter Board Members:

Gary Eldred    Roger Smith   Gary Adams

Martha Querin-Schultz   Bob Costanza   Debbie Pavick

L to R; Bob, Jack, Martha, Roger, Steve, Gary A, Debbie, Gary E

What's New...

2022 Scholarship Winners

Two University of Wisconsin-Platteville students, Sheri Blossom Ramon of McHenry, Illinois and Grace Trenkamp of Platteville, WI, are recipients of the first annual scholarship program of the Southwest Wisconsin Chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts.  The $1000 scholarship was newly established to provide financial assistance to students pursuing advanced learning in conservation or environmental fields.  Trenkamp and Ramon, who are slated to graduate in December 2022 and May 2023, respectively, were among thirteen candidates who applied for the scholarship.  

The Prairie Enthusiasts seeks to ensure the perpetuation and recovery of prairie, oak savanna, and other associated ecosystems of the Upper Midwest through protection, management, restoration, and education. The Southwest Chapter, in the heart of the Driftless area of Wisconsin, was formed in 1981 and covers the counties of Crawford, Richland, Iowa, and Grant


  Sheri Blossom Ramos                 


   Grace Trenkamp

Scholarship deadline for 2022 was March 28 scholarship announcement. Watch this space for the 2023 Scholarship application announcement

Partnership with UW-Platteville Reclamation Club

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 Botanical Club of Wisconsin newsletter had a great article about a summer plant inventory at Sylvan Road Conservancy Area.

Read Kevin Doyle's article here.

Upcoming Events

Seed Collecting To Begins At Eldred Prairie

Wednesdays, through Fall 2022

This past winter, the remainder of the northeast facing slope at Eldred Prairie was forestry mowed. Now that area needs to be seeded with a wide variety of native species collected on site, and we could use your help in collecting seed. No experience is necessary. You can learn new forbs, grasses, and sedges at the same time that you’re helping to restore a prairie.
Starting on Wednesday, July 13th, we will be meeting on site every Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. We generally work until noon. Be sure to bring sturdy boots/shoes, work gloves, water, sun screen, bug spray, and snacks. If you have a favorite small hand nipper and collection pail, bring them along, but there will be extras on site. Though it dries out quickly, the vegetation is often somewhat wet from dew early in the morning, so plan accordingly.
For questions, or to confirm that the crew will be there, contact George Riggin at [email protected] or 608-444-0181. George has initiated and continues to lead this important project. Cell reception is spotty in that area, so call ahead of time if you can.
Here are the directions to Eldred if you are not familiar with the site:
Eldred Prairie is located on Lincoln Road, east of Lancaster, WI.
The easiest way to get there is from Highway 129. Highway 129 is the bypass that runs north and south just east of Lancaster, diverting traffic from Highway 61.
If coming from the north, Lincoln Road is approximately 1 ½ miles south of the intersection with Highway 61. Coming from the south, it is approximately 1 mile from the intersection of Highway 61 to Lincoln Road.
Turn east on Lincoln Road. Eldred Prairie is just over 2 miles on Lincoln Road. It is on the north side of the road and is obviously a natural area. The entrance to drive in is at the eastern end of the property.
We hope to see many of you on Wednesdays as the season progresses