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For information on the greater prairie-chicken management planning, contact:
Mark Witecha,
Upland wildlife ecologist
Lesa Kardash,
Wildlife biologist

Greater prairie-chicken management plan revision

The Department of Natural Resources has begun the process of updating the 10-year greater prairie-chicken management plan. The previous plan was completed in 2004 and covered the period 2004-2014. The plan revision is being developed in cooperation with the Greater Prairie-Chicken Advisory Committee.

kayaker on Greater Prairie-Chicken Flowage

Male greater prairie-chicken; photo by Ray J. White

The greater prairie-chicken is a native grouse species that lives in open grassland habitats. In Wisconsin it occurs in four nearly isolated sub-populations centered on four DNR Wildlife Areas – Leola, Buena Vista, Paul J. Olson and George W. Mead – in Adams, Portage, Wood and Marathon counties.

Plan revision update

The department held a public meeting to gather input on the plan revision process on February 22, 2017 from 5-7 pm at the McMillian Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids. Copies of the presentation and draft conceptual alternatives presented during the meeting are available in the "Documents" tab, below. The comment period was open through Friday, March 10, 2017.

A public comment summary for this input process is now available (see the “Documents” tab, below). There will be another public input opportunity when a draft plan is released.


Wisconsin Greater Prairie-Chicken Management Plan 2004-2014 [PDF]

Prairie-chicken survey reports

February 22, 2017 public scoping meeting

More information

Mark Witecha
Upland wildlife ecologist

Lesa Kardash
Wildlife biologist

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Last revised: Tuesday March 28 2017