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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.

Thank you for your interest in the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation – Landowner Lottery!

2018 marks the fifth year of the Landowner Lottery pilot study. As such, the program is currently under review and will not have lottery in 2018. Our apologies if you were looking forward to this service. The lottery program shows great promise and we are now looking at all available options to offer this service again in the future. We plan to use the experience from the last four years and create a program that effectively assists private landowners to manage for rare and native species throughout the state. Thank you to everyone who participated! Please send your comments and suggestions through this survey.

Thanks again for your interest in conserving WI’s rare species. Please explore the other programs available within the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation and check back in 2019 for updates!

Preference points

Don’t worry, you will still receive preference points for past lottery entries if the program returns as a free lottery 2019.

The Landowner Lottery includes preference points for previous applicants. Anyone who entered but did not win previous lotteries will have better odds of winning the next 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 lottery. For example, if you did not win in 2015 and 2016, and you register again in 2017 and your name will be entered in the 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 you 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 it costs

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

Why you should enter

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 is done with 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: Thursday January 18 2018