Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin
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For information on Wisconsin's Ecological Landscapes, contact:
Andy Stoltman
608-266-9841

Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin Handbook

The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin Handbook identifies the best areas of the state to manage for different natural communities, key habitats, aquatic features, and native plants and animals using an ecosystem management perspective. The handbook also highlights socioeconomic activities that are compatible with sustaining these important features across Wisconsin. In addition, it prioritizes Wisconsin's most ecologically-important resources relative to the rest of the continent and beyond.

The handbook provides useful information for making management and planning decisions at different scales and encourages use of a long-term perspective; both of these are necessary components of ecosystem management. It is intended to help users better understand the ecology and socioeconomic characteristics of the 16 Ecological Landscapes that make up Wisconsin, so all of Wisconsin's native species and natural communities can be sustained.

The 22 chapters of the handbook are organized into three parts. The document is currently in the final editing stages, and new chapters will be posted here as they become available.

Part One: Introductory Material

Some of these chapters have large file sizes. It may be quicker to save them to your computer for faster reading / browsing (e.g., in Internet Explorer you can right-click on a link and choose "save target as" to specify a location on your hard drive.

Part Two - Ecological Landscape Analyses

Part 2 provides a detailed assessment of the ecological and socioeconomic conditions for each of the 16 individual ecological landscapes. These chapters identify important considerations when planning management actions in a given ecological landscape and suggest management opportunities that are compatible with the ecology of the ecological landscape. The 16 ecological landscape chapters are:

Chapter TitleChapter Document [PDF]Chapter Maps
Chapter 8. Central Lake Michigan Coastal
Chapter 9. Central Sand Hills
Chapter 10. Central Sand PlainsClick to view the Central Sand Plains chapter. (>5MB)
Chapter 11. Forest Transition
Chapter 12. North Central Forest
Chapter 13. Northeast Sands
Chapter 14. Northern Highland
Chapter 15. Northern Lake Michigan CoastalClick to view the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal chapter.
Chapter 16. Northwest Lowlands
Chapter 17. Northwest Sands
Chapter 18. Southeast Glacial PlainsClick to view the Central Sand Plains chapter. (>5MB)
Chapter 19. Southern Lake Michigan Coastal
Chapter 20. Southwest Savanna
Chapter 21. Superior Coastal PlainClick to view the Superior Coastal Plain chapter. (>5MB)
Chapter 22. Western Coulees and RidgesClick to view the Western Coulees and Ridges chapter. (>5MB)

Part Three - Supporting Materials

  • Appendix A. Ecosystem Management Planning Team Members
  • Appendix B. Abbreviations used in the Handbook
  • Appendix C. Data Sources used in the Handbook
  • Appendix D. Descriptions of Specific Ecosystem Management Concepts
  • Appendix E. Opportunities for Sustaining Natural Communities in Each Ecological Landscape
  • Appendix F. Some Important Natural Resource Plans and Assessments
  • Appendix G. Descriptions of Natural Communities, Aquatic Features, and Selected Habitats
  • Appendix H. Statewide maps
  • Appendix I. Forest types that were combined into Forest Type Groups based on Forestry Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data
  • Glossary
  • Recommended Readings and References
  • About the Authors
  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgments
Last revised: Tuesday July 08 2014