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 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, 
Board representative: Gary Eldred, (608) 375-5271
Facebook:  Chapter page

What's New

Exact Sciences, located in Madison, allows their employees to take two days off each year, with full pay, to work for non-profit organizations. Rachel Walsh, an Exact Sciences employee, took advantage of this and joined us at a TPE work party on Double Oak Savanna and recently at Eldred Prairie. She apparently believes in what we are doing and hopes to get some of her co-works to join us in the future.

Rachel is seen here with SW Chapter members, Bob Costanza and Roger Smith.           


Upcoming Events

Annual Holiday Dinner - The Prairie Enthusiasts SW Chapter

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 5 PM – 9 PM

Social hour begins at 5:00 with dinner serving at 6:00.
The Castle Rock Inn, Muscoda, WI

There is no need to bring chain saws, backpack sprayers or loppers.

Just come prepared to enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and colleagues.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 11, so we can get a head count.

Contact Jack Kussmaul at 608-988-4309 or

And all are welcome even if you weren't able to RSVP by that date.

The Castle Rock Inn is located between Muscoda and Fennimore, 15040, Shemak Road, Muscoda. 53573.

Gary Eldred interview on WRCO radio show 

 The Morning Show recently featured Gary talking about prairies. Have a listen.