Southern Driftless Grasslands 

Southwest Wisconsin is a treasure trove of prairie and savanna remnants hidden within a sea of working farms and open fields, rolling hills of grasslands and wide valleys, trout streams and small mouth bass rivers.  It is one of the best grassland ecosystem conservation opportunity areas in the Upper Midwest.  There has never been a more important time to preserve grasslands.  Grasslands support populations of numerous birds in serious decline, such as the Bobolink and the Meadowlark, they provide habitat for pollinators, and serve as sponges to slow the flood waters so prevalent in our region today.    


The Southern Driftless Grasslands is an active and energized partnership of local, state, and federal agencies as well as non-profit conservation organizations who have a shared mission:  to actively support land stewardship and conservation in southwest Wisconsin, to the benefit of the health of the region's grasslands, wildlife, water, farms, and communities.  The partnership works together to assist landowners of working and non-working lands to create, steward, and protect grassland habitat in Southwest Wisconsin. 

Photo credit: Mark Godfrey/The Nature Conservancy
Photo credit: Chris Helzer/The Nature Conservancy
Photo credit: Gerald H. Emmerich Jr.

Special Thanks to: 
•    Driftless Area Land Conservancy 
•    Fish and Wildlife Service
•    WI Department of Natural Resources
•    American Bird Conservancy
•    UW Extension Iowa County 
•    Iowa County Conservation Department
•    Pheasants Forever
•    Dane County Water and Land Conservation Department
•    The Prairie Enthusiasts
•    The Nature Conservancy
•    Farm Service Agency 
•    Natural Resource Conservation Service
•    Upper Sugar River Watershed Association
•    Madison Audubon Society

•    United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
•    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR)
•    Cornell Lab or Ornithology
•    Pheasant Stamp Fund
•    Food Faith and Farming Network

For more information contact Cindy Becker 

Southwest Wisconsin Grasslands

Network Coordinator

(608) 930-3252 or via email

Driftless Area Land Conservancy

206 S. Iowa Street (map)

Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533

Email us

(608) 930-3252

Driftless Area Land Conservancy is an accredited non-profit land trust in Southwest Wisconsin. All images and text on this site are property of Driftless Area Land Conservancy and/or are being used with permission from the authors and photographers. Please do not share or distribute text, images or any site content without expressed, written permission. We take your privacy seriously and will not distribute or sell any information gathered here on contact, registration, volunteer or donation forms. 

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