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establishing goals and objectives for DNR properties.
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monitoring goals and objectives.
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parks, forests, wildlife, fisheries, natural areas, trails, wild rivers and flowages.
Contact information
For information on the Southern Region Planning Group master planning process, contact:
Shelley Warwick,

Property Master PlansSouthern Region Planning Group

The Southern Region Planning Group includes nine large properties and numerous scattered parcels totaling about 20,450 acres of wildlife, fish, natural areas and Ice Age Trail properties. These properties lie predominately within Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties with portions in Rock, Jefferson and Dodge counties. Diverse opportunities for nature based recreation in the wetlands, grasslands, forests and waters are available on these properties.

Kames were formed when glaciers retreated.

View of Genesee Oak Opening and Fen State Natural Area, Genesee, WI. DNR 2017.


Master Plan Update

The draft master plan and environmental analysis the Southern Region Planning Group is now available for public review. We will present this document to the Natural Resources Board at their August 8th, 2018 meeting in Green Bay. Please visit the Natural Resources Board web page for additional information including the meeting agenda and public participation guidelines.

Preliminary vision and goals


The Southern Region Planning Group wildlife, fish, natural area and state ice age trail properties will be managed to provide quality, nature based recreational experiences in lightly developed settings for the large and growing population in southeast Wisconsin. The natural communities will be managed for user enjoyment consistent with the purpose and ecological capacity of these properties.

The ecological diversity and quality of the waters, marshes, bogs, grasslands and forests will be maintained, and enhanced as practicable, for future generations. Management of these natural resources will be most effective and sustainable when citizens, private landowners, interest groups, government and resource management agencies work together.


  1. Protect and enhance the wildlife and natural communities on these properties to conserve biological diversity through the use of sound resource management practices.
  2. Provide recreational opportunities that are compatible with and complementary to the natural environment including hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing, canoeing, boating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and nature study with an emphasis on non-motorized experiences.
  3. Provide facilities that will promote the use and enjoyment of the users while protecting the natural and cultural resources of these properties.
  4. Protect and enhance aquatic resources on these properties to maintain sustainable warm and cold water game fisheries.
  5. Enhance habitat on these properties to maintain their importance as migratory stopover areas.


Your comments are important so please consider coming to meetings, mailing in comments or calling us. We welcome your feedback on the property management goals and master planning issues throughout the process.

For questions or to send written and email comments:

Shelley Warwick, planner
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S Webster St.
Madison WI 53703

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Last revised: Friday July 27 2018