Informational Resources:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website containing a vast amount of information about Oak Savanna- Excellent source of information! ...Spend some time reading here to understand what the Midwest once looked like... and what you can do to rehabilitate your property.

Oak Savannas in Wisconsin- by Richard A. Henderson & Eric J. Epstein, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Oak Savannas of the Upper Midwest- by Robert W. Howe, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Wisconsin Public Land Survey Records: Original Field Notes An incredible(!!!) resource for those interested in determining Wisconsin's pre-Eurosettlement natural community structure.

The Great Lakes Ecological Assessment is an interagency effort to collect and consolidate new and existing environmental, biological, and socioeconomic information in the Northern Lake States.

The conservative prairie and savanna insects of the Chicago Wilderness Region.

The Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association is a community of butterfly enthusiasts to enjoy and learn more about butterflies through field trips, lectures, and classes, and to help conserve butterflies and their habitats.

Illinois Natural History Survey- the guardian and recorder of the biological resources of Illinois

Illinois Plant Information Network- information about the vascular plant taxa found in Illinois.

The Critical Trends Assessment Program is a long-term endeavor, which monitors the
condition of forests, wetlands, grasslands, and streams throughout the state of Illinois.

Wisconsin Historical Society- U.S. General Land Office Surveyors' Field Notes article

Ecological Restoration is a quarterly print and online publication that provides a forum for people interested in all aspects of ecological restoration.

The Nature Conservancy Wildland Invasives Species Team website. The best, most complete source for information regarding invasive species and their control. Top site!     

Upper Mississippi River Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

General Land Office Research - Department of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University- Maps of historic vegetation of Iowa based on original land survey notes.

The Ecology and Natural Resources Collection of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collection contains numerous resources for better understanding this region. Contains complete Wisconsin Land Inventory (1933-1945) maps for the entire state.

 Wisconsin DNR WebView: An outstanding mapping resource based on the department's phenomenal GIS program. Awesome.

The Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council strives to make the use of prescribed fire in Wisconsin safer and more accepted for all practitioners.

Iowa NatureMapping Program: Iowa's Volunteer-driven wildlife monitoring program.

Need help identifying a plant?  Check out the UW Herbarium website. Great information for the botanically hungry.

Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium :  This site continues the work done by UW Madison's Wisconsin Vascular Plants website by adding many new features including easy to use identification guides for the vascular plants.

Iowa's Fragile Flora- Part of the excellent University of Iowa Herbarium website.

Iowa Geographic Map Server- On-line map viewer providing aerial photography, topographic maps, etc.

Wisconsin historical photos from the Wisconsin Electronic Reader website-  Browse through... very interesting website.

Regional Landscape Ecosystems of Wisconsin- US Geological Survey website, details historic natural communities of Wisconsin.

 Fire Effects Information - The FEIS database contains synoptic descriptions, taken from current English-language literature of almost 900 plant species, about 100 animal species, and 16 Kuchler plant communities found on the North American continent. The emphasis of each synopsis is fire and how it affects each species. Background information on taxonomy, distribution, basic biology and ecology of each species is also included.

Minnesota Dept. of Administration / Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis / Land Management Information Center - describes land use/cover data and maps from the mid-1800's, as recorded at the time of European settlement, as well as earlier reconstructions from fossil pollen records.

Prairie Wildflowers of Illinois - Just what it says. A very good site.
TerraServer contains high resolution USGS aerial imagery and USGS topographic maps.

The IDNR Interactive Mapping Website- a browser-based geographic information website containing a variety of information and GIS data pertinent to Iowa users.

Yellow River Watershed Initiative- A Partnership for Resource Sustainability

The Ada Hayden Herbarium has the largest collection of Iowa plants and fungi, containing over 600,000 specimens of vascular plants, bryophytes, fungi, and lichens.

Conservation Organizations & Land Trusts:

Join The Prairie Enthusiasts, a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to preserving the last remnants of endangered prairie and oak savanna. This is probably the best opportunity to learn more about prairies and help preserve them, too!

The Iowa Prairie Network is a grass-roots, volunteer, non-profit, organization that is dedicated to the preservation of Iowa's prairie heritage.

The mission of the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin is to promote better stewardship of the natural resources of Wisconsin by advancing the understanding of invasive plants and encouraging the control of their spread.

Botanical Club of Wisconsin- Wisconsin's only organization dedicated to the study of our native flora.

Wisconsin Wetlands Association, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to protecting, restoring and enjoying wetlands and associated ecosystems through science-based education, advocacy and action.

The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is a member-supported nonprofit organization that protect's Iowa's land, water and wildlife "for those who follow."

The Mississippi Valley Conservancy is a private, locally based,non-profit land trust. The Conservancy focuses its land conservation work on the six counties in southwest Wisconsin bordering the Mississippi River from Buffalo County to Grant County.

The Nature Conservancy- dedicated to preserving the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Iowa Native Plant Society- preserving & promoting Iowa's native flowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs & trees; Piecing woodland, wetland & prairies patches for Iowa's future.

Friends of Wyalusing State Park- a website for a state park near our headquarters... one of Wisconsin's finest! Note their Adopt-an-ASV hour program. For every ten hours adopted, DLS will donate five hours. Support ecological restoration on YOUR public lands!

Since 1958, Natural Land Institute has protected, managed, and restored more than twelve thousand acres throughout Illinois and southern Wisconsin. These include prairies, forests, wetlands, and river corridors.

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation's Mission is to protect the natural heritage, spectacular scenery, and agricultural character of our county and the surrounding area.

The Minnesota Land Trust is a private nonprofit organization working with landowners and communities to permanently protect the lands and waters that define our communities and enrich our quality of life.

Driftless Area Land Conservancy -Driftless Land Trust uses traditional land trust techniques such as accepting donations or purchasing of land and development rights on significant lands in an area of Wisconsin generally defined as Richland, Sauk, Iowa, and Lafayette counties .

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