Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program

State natural areas (SNA) protect outstanding examples of Wisconsin's native landscape of natural communities, significant geological formations and archeological sites.  Encompassing over 380,000 acres, Wisconsin's 675 natural areas are valuable for research and educational use, the preservation of genetic and biological diversity and for providing benchmarks for determining the impact of use on managed lands.  They also provide some of the last refuges for rare plants and animals.  State natural areas protect the very best of Wisconsin's native landscape, including wild lakes, streams and rivers.

Habitat Restoration Initiatives

Wild Ecosystems Conservation Initiative (WECI) is working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and regional field ecologists' to identify top priorities for restoration throughout the Wisconsin SNA system.  These areas represent the most biologically diverse and ecologically significant landscapes in Wisconsin, and WECI is proud to be working to protect and rewild such rare lands within our home state.  We implement science-based techniques focused on restoring these landscapes to complete ecological health, and organize volunteer-based opportunities for community involvement, whenever possible.  This initiative targets all SNA’s in Wisconsin and allows volunteers to participate in year-round restoration work.

Volunteers may find upcoming events under the Events tab on our Facebook page.  These projects involve a wide variety of restoration techniques and are outlined in detail as projects are identified.  People of all experience levels are welcome as we will teach necessary skills on site.  Please come back to our website and social media accounts to see what we've been up to and to keep an eye open for upcoming volunteer projects.