Monroe County Land Conservation Department

Welcome to the Monroe County Land Conservation Department (LCD).
The Monroe County LCD administers and assists with a variety of County, State, and Federal conservation programs.

NOTICE: At this time we are ONLY accepting phone calls and emails. The staff at the Monroe County Land Conservation Department remain committed to serving the public as we navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19. You can reach us during our normal office hours, Monday – Friday, 8-4:30, at (608)269-8973.

COVID-19 Updated Policy



Bob Micheel, County Conservationist (608)269-8975 / Work Cell (608)797-4587

Bryce Richardson, Soil and Water Conservationist (608)269-8976 / Work Cell (608)797-4586

Nick Smetana , Soil and Water Conservationist (608)269-8974 / Work Cell (608)855-0666

Roxie Anderson, Land Use Planner  (608)855-5020 / Work Cell (414)659-0770

Arin Gowan,  Administrative Assistant (608)269-8973

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Department Activities 


2021 Poster Contest Guidelines

  • Open to Grades K-12; Public, Private and Home school students.
  • Each poster must go through the following contest process: County/Local, Area, State, Nationals.
  • The 2021 National Poster Contest Theme is: “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.”



OPPORTUNITY Costshare Invasive Species Managment!!

2021 Tree Sale coming in October 2020






12 Recommendations


Letter to contacts


Help Stop CWD Flyer



Climate Change Task Force

Climate Change Task Force

Farmland Preservation Program


Get started today!

$2,000 sign-up bonus!

(Only offered this year to those that enroll their farm in a new Farmland Preservation Agreement)

Scenic Ridge AEA_Info Sheet

SE Headwaters AEA_Info Sheet

Farmland Preservation Plan

The information provided below will assist landowners interested in participating in the FPP program; property must fall within a designated Agriculture Enterprise Area AEA Map   . For more info visit DATCP: Farmland Preservation Program

Land Use Planning

 How to find Fishing Easements Steps 1-4   

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  3. Step 3
  4. Step 4

Fishing Easement List


Monroe County PL566 Dams 

  1. Abstract of the Engineering Investigation Report
  2. Investigation Report for Coon Creek and West Fork Kickapoo Watershed
  3. Coon Creek Watershed Meeting – January 30th
  4. La Crosse County Update
  5. PL566 Structures – Portland Town Presentation from the Feb 7 Meeting
  6. NRCS Update – Coon Creek Wsh Study

Department Programs

2018-2028 Monroe County Land & Water Management Plan 

CREP, the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program establishes buffers along streams and waterways

Monroe County Land and Water Resource Management Plan (October, 2010 revision)

  Monroe County Invasive Species Work Group:


2019 Award Winner Announced 

  • Conservation Farmer – Joe & Deb Hemmersbach
  • Conservationist- City of Sparta
  • Tree Farmer – Chris & Joyce Barlow 



  • Farmers spreading manure are encouraged to check Wisconsin’s Online Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast before spreading.  The site provides updated risk assessment for spreading manure.  If your site shows RED, don’t spread.
  • Visit DNR’s manure spill, response,  planning, and prevention page for information on reporting manure spills.  All manure spills or runoff that may affect Wisconsin waters must be reported.
  • Monroe County is now using a web portal that allows searches for land records data.
  • Local, state, and federal agencies are reminding landowners to consider the benefits of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Progam (CREP) when making land use decisions.  It may be a way to generate income from marginal lands in addition to providing conservation benefits.
  • Looking for a Monroe County map?  Download a pdf file of the Monroe County Road Map 22″ x 34″ or 34″ x 44″ and take it to your favorite printer for a hard copy.
  • Another option for custom maps is to make your own from the Monroe Countys’ GIS site.  By using these map printing instructions, users can make maps of almost any standard size, and can include a variety of frequently used data layers.