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

Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin

The latest edition of "The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin" available here was updated in September 2016.

Printed versions of the handbook are not available at this time. DVDs of the handbooks content will be available soon.

"The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin" is a book that identifies the best areas of the state to manage for different natural communities, key habitats, aquatic features and native plants and animals from an ecosystem management perspective. It also highlights socio-economic 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 book provides information to assist management and planning decisions at different scales and encourages use of a long-term perspective. It is intended to help users better understand the ecology and socio-economic characteristics of the 16 Ecological Landscapes that make up Wisconsin, so all of Wisconsin's native species and natural communities can be sustained.

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Part One: Introductory Material


Chapter TitlePDFDescription
Introduction Click to view the Introductory Chapter Origin, purpose, and organization of the document and where the materials can be found.
Chapter 1. Principles of Ecosystem and Landscape-scale Management Click to view Chapter 1 Basic principles of ecosystem and landscape-scale management and how to use them in land and water management planning.
Chapter 2. Assessment of Current Conditions Click to view Chapter 2Statewide assessments of the major natural community groups in the state as well as the state's socioeconomic characteristics.
Chapter 3. Comparison of Ecological LandscapesClick to view Chapter 3Compares the ecological and socioeconomic characteristics among the ecological landscapes in Wisconsin and identifies how they differ.
Chapter 4. Changes and Trends in Ecosystems and Landscape FeaturesClick to view Chapter 4 Discusses changes and trends in Wisconsin ecosystems over time.
Chapter 5. Current and Emerging Resource IssuesClick to view Chapter 5Major current and emerging issues in the state.
Chapter 6. Opportunities for ManagementClick to view Chapter 6 Identifies the most significant ecological opportunities and the best places to manage important natural resources in the state.
Chapter 7. Natural Communities, Aquatic Features, and Other Selected Habitats of WisconsinClick to view Chapter 6Descriptions of each of Wisconsin's natural communities.
Future NeedsClick to view Future Needs chapter Future needs related to implementing ecosystem and landscape-scale management in Wisconsin.

Part Two - Ecological Landscape Analyses

Part 2 provides a detailed assessment of the ecological and socio-economic 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.

Chapter TitlePDFChapter Maps
Chapter 8. Central Lake Michigan CoastalClick to view the Central Lake Michigan Coastal chapter. Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 9. Central Sand HillsClick to view the Central Sand Hills chapter. Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 10. Central Sand PlainsClick to view the Central Sand Plains chapter. Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 11. Forest TransitionClick to view the Forest Transition chapter. Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 12. North Central ForestClick to view the North Central Forest chapter. Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 13. Northeast Sands Click to view the Northeast Sands chapter. Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 14. Northern Highland Click to view the Northern Highland chapter. Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 15. Northern Lake Michigan CoastalClick to view the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal chapter. Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 16. Northwest LowlandsClick to view the Northwest Lowlands chapter. Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 17. Northwest SandsClick to view the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal chapter. Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 18. Southeast Glacial PlainsClick to view the Southeast Glacial Plains chapter.Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 19. Southern Lake Michigan CoastalClick to view the Southern Lake Michigan Coastal chapter.Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 20. Southwest SavannaClick to view the Southwest Savanna chapter.Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 21. Superior Coastal PlainClick to view the Superior Coastal Plain chapter.Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 22. Western Coulees and RidgesClick to view the Western Coulees and Ridges chapter.Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.
Chapter 23. Western PrairieClick to view the Western Prairie chapter.Click to view maps for this ecological landscape.

Part Three - Supporting Materials


  • Appendix A. Ecosystem Management Planning Team Members
  • Appendix B. Abbreviations used in the Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin
  • Appendix C. Data Sources used in the Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin
  • 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: Wednesday September 27 2017