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Greater prairie-chicken management

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Management Plan Revision

The DNR 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. The first draft of the plan was open for public comment in January of 2022. Public comments have been received and are currently being reviewed. The Committee is currently working to revise a final draft of the plan. The first draft can be reviewed below. 

How You Can Help with Prairie Chicken Management in Wisconsin

  • First, you can review previous and draft management plans, meeting minutes, lekking surveys and watch the recorded presentation of the prairie chicken management plan located in the documents section of this webpage.
  • You can also attend our prairie chicken committee meetings; they are open to the public. Future meeting details can be found on our public meetings calendar once they become available.
  • Consider becoming active in the Adopt-a-Wildlife-Area program:
    • Especially focusing on Buena Vista, Leola and Paul J Olson Wildlife Areas as they are the remaining strong holds for current greater prairie-chicken populations in Wisconsin
  • Buena Vista is currently adopted by the UWSP Chapter of the Wildlife Society
  • There are a host of other citizen science and volunteer workday programs available through DNR.
  • If you are a private landowner interested in establishing wildlife habitat on your property, use Pheasants Forever “Find your farm bill biologist” tool.
    • Farm bill biologists can help you enroll in programs that incentivize your conservation efforts!
       

Documents

Prairie-chicken survey reports

Prairie-chicken survey reports

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

Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee

Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee

The Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee, a diverse group representing government agencies, non-governmental organizations, tribal interests and conservation groups, meets to discuss issues relating to greater prairie-chicken management in Wisconsin.

The Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee reviews and makes recommendations on the management of the Greater Prairie-Chicken in Wisconsin. The committee advises the Wildlife Leadership Team on a variety of topics such as surveys, research priorities and management plan development.

Committee meeting information

Greater Prairie-Chicken Management Plan- Draft

Greater Prairie-Chicken Management Plan- Draft

January 2022 Virtual Open House

January 2022 Virtual Open House