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Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin

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"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.

Part One: Introductory Material
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Introduction Link Origin, purpose, and organization of the document and where the materials can be found.
Chapter 1. Principles of Ecosystem and Landscape-scale Management Link 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 Link Statewide assessments of the major natural community groups in the state as well as the state's socioeconomic characteristics.
Chapter 3. Comparison of Ecological Landscapes Link Compares 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 Features Link Discusses changes and trends in Wisconsin ecosystems over time.
Chapter 5. Current and Emerging Resource Issues Link Major current and emerging issues in the state.
Chapter 6. Opportunities for Management Link 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 Wisconsin Link Descriptions of each of Wisconsin's natural communities.
Future Needs Link 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.

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Chapter 8. Central Lake Michigan Coastal Link Link
Chapter 9. Central Sand Hills Link Link
Chapter 10. Central Sand Plains Link Link
Chapter 11. Forest Transition Link Link
Chapter 12. North Central Forest Link Link
Chapter 13. Northeast Sands Link Link
Chapter 14. Northern Highland Link Link
Chapter 15. Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Link Link
Chapter 16. Northwest Lowlands Link Link
Chapter 17. Northwest Sands Link Link
Chapter 18. Southeast Glacial Plains Link Link
Chapter 19. Southern Lake Michigan Coastal Link Link
Chapter 20. Southwest Savanna Link Link
Chapter 21. Superior Coastal Plain Link Link
Chapter 22. Western Coulees and Ridges Link Link
Chapter 23. Western Prairie Link Link
Part Three - Supporting Materials
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