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Contact information
For information on the Karner blue butterfly program, contact:
Becky Roth
KBB HCP Coordinator


The Wisconsin Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan is unique in its approach to promoting conservation by small private landowners. Wisconsin landowners are largely free from regulation as long as they do not purposefully harm the Karner blue or its habitat. This approach was designed to promote conservation by removing the fear and burden of government regulation from small landowners.

How you can help

There are many opportunities for citizens to support conservation of the Karner blue and its habitat. You can help recover and protect this species in a variety of ways from volunteering to restoring habitat on your own property.

There are a variety of resources available for landowners wanting to conserve or restore Karner blue habitat on their property. Help can range from funding to habitat restoration to expert advice and answers to your questions. Visit the websites below to get more information.

Gypsy moth spraying information

Under the Wisconsin statewide Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan, private landowners who fall within the “Voluntary Category” (as identified in the plan) are allowed to conduct activities--such as spraying for gypsy moths or other forests pests--in areas that may support Karner blues.

Last revised: Wednesday September 30 2015