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For information on Landowner Conservation Reports, contact:
Alex Wenthe
Conservation biologist
608-267-7758

Learn more about your landLandowner Conservation Report

Ever wonder what plants or animals call your land home? Or how you can provide them with better habitat? We can give you some answers to these questions and information on next steps you can take to manage your property.

Through a Landowner Conservation Report, you can receive information about rare plants and animals found in your area and opportunities to manage for their habitat. With this individualized report, you will also get information on common invasive species and other resources to help you manage your land.

The 2017 Landowner Lottery is now closed. Thank you for your interest. We had over 1300 applicants this year. All applicants were contacted on February 2nd via email addresses provided. If you did not receive a notice please check your email inbox, and spam folders, or contact Alex.Wenthe@wisconsin.gov

Thank you to everyone who applied this year, we greatly appreciate the overwhelming response! If you were not selected or missed the deadline please check back in January 2018 for another chance to win.

2017 Lottery

By the numbers

1360 total applicants
726 new applicants
94 applicants have applied 3 times
Most applicants wanted to know about wildlife habitat, invasive species control, and general site information

Leading counties

  1. Vilas – 65
  2. Marinette – 60
  3. Door – 52
  4. Waupaca – 42
  5. Manitowoc – 37

Preference points

Didn’t win in last year? Register again in 2017 with better odds to win!

This year the Landowner Lottery will include preference points for previous applicants. Anyone who entered but did not win previous lotteries will have better odds of winning this year. Applicants will receive one point for each year they have entered a landowner lottery (and did not win). Each point will earn an additional entry into the 2017 lottery. For example, if you did not win in 2015 and 2016, you can register again in 2017 and your name will be entered into our drawing three times! Please only register once; we will calculate preference points for each applicant after entry. Duplicate entries will be removed. Previous winners can register again for different properties but will not receive preference points.

What is a Landowner Conservation Report?

The report summarizes the soils, geology, plants and rare species potentially on your property and identifies opportunities to improve habitat for rare plants and animals if you so choose. The report combines information from the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan, the Natural Heritage Inventory and other expert sources to provide recommendations specific to your property.

A DNR biologist gathers the information in the report from aerial images and a search of records for rare plants and animals within a five-mile area. You also may choose to have a DNR biologist visit your land to discuss ways you can improve habitat.

What do I get?

Whether you choose a computer records search or an on-site visit, you’ll receive a written report called a Landowner Conservation Report.

In each report you will find:

  • general information about your property and the surrounding area;
  • a list and photos of the unique plants and animals potentially on your site (reported within 5 miles);
  • a list and photos of the invasive species to be on the lookout for;
  • management recommendations and general advice to help improve habitat;
  • property map with current aerial images; and
  • information on funding opportunities and other resources to help you meet your conservation goals.

See an example report [PDF].

How much does it cost?

Normally, state law requires that such a report would typically cost around $300, but this report is free thanks to private donations to the WI Endangered Resources Fund

Why should I enter the lottery?

Our goal is help you learn more about your property and the resources available to help you manage it. We want to help you achieve your personal conservation goals while preserving the natural legacy of your land. Such private stewardship is critical because more than 84 percent of the land in Wisconsin is privately owned. Good habitat on public and private land will enable us to protect for future generations the birds, wildflowers and wildlife that make Wisconsin a special place to live.

What happens to the report information?

These reports are not legally binding in any manner. If you have rare species on your land, you must provide consent before it’s recorded in the NHI database. All reported occurrences remain confidential and are exempt from Wisconsin Open Record Law.

Last revised: Tuesday February 14 2017