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!
Chapter contact: Steve Querin-Schultz, [email protected]
Board representative: Gary Eldred, (608) 375-5271
Facebook: Chapter page
Southwest Chapter Board of Directors
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
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
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.
Seed Collecting To Begins At Eldred Prairie
Wednesdays, through Fall 2022
Eldred Prairie is located on Lincoln Road, east of Lancaster, WI.