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Completed plans
establishing goals and objectives for DNR properties.
Public lands
parks, forests, wildlife, fisheries, natural areas, trails, wild rivers and flowages.
Common Elements
Standard practices for management of DNR lands

Contact information
For information on the Western Prairie region, contact:
Beth Kienbaum
Savannah Ernzen

Regional Master Plan for: Western Prairie Ecological Landscape

This planning effort covers the Western Prairie Ecological Landscape and includes extensive grasslands, remnant prairies, savannas, the lower St. Croix and the Kinnickinnic River corridors, and various coldwater and coolwater streams. Large blocks of forest are scarce or absent, but forested corridors occur in the larger river valleys. The Western Prairie encompasses St. Croix County and portions of Pierce and Polk counties. Scenic rivers, unique plant communities, surrogate grasslands and prairies are well-represented in this planning process. The department properties in this landscape provide a variety of quality recreation opportunities to the public year-round.

Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area

Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area

Planning Update

Thank you to those who participated in the Public Comment Period from Nov 5 to Dec 6, 2019. The draft Western Prairie Regional Master Plan is currently undergoing department review following receipt of your public comments. A summary of public input can be viewed from the Public Involvement tab found below.

The draft plan will be updated and prepared for presentation to the Natural Resources Board (NRB) at one of their meetings in early 2020.

Please visit the NRB web page for more information about their meetings. If you wish to submit a comment to the NRB or testify during the meeting, please follow the NRB public participation guidelines .

The map below shows the location of many of the properties in this planning process. Click the map below to read about the properties and management considerations for each.

About the Western Prairie Ecological Landscape

Draft Regional Plan
Public Involvement
Contact Information

For information on the Western Prairie Regional Plan, contact:

Beth Kienbaum

Last revised: Tuesday December 17 2019