Northern Region

Counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Washburn

Description: a moderate hilly region containing numerous lakes, streams, and wetlands; contains lowlands sloping from Lake Superior southward to highlands that cover nearly one-third of the state. Glacial features such as moraines and kettles are numerous. Soils of the region are derived from glacial materials. This region receives high annual amounts of snow. Northern hardwood tree species are the dominant vegetation including sugar maple, basswood, and red maple. Aspen, birch, hemlock, pine, spruce and fir are also common. Dominant economic activities are timbering, hay and potato production and tourism. (See WDNR’s ecological landscapes map, soils map, and natural areas map).

Key biomass? resources: forest-based woody materials (e.g., wood chips), lumber mill waste (e.g., sawdust), wood manufacturing wastes (e.g., pallets), dedicated perennial herbaceous energy crops (e.g., mixed grasses?), grasslands?.

Biomass projects( click to go to Biomass Projects Atlas)

People (click to see regional directory)

Agencies and organizations (click to see regional directory)

Anerobic Digestion and Biogas

UW Extension have created seven modules focused on the use of anaerobic digestion technologies. Details of the process are introduced, as well as factors that influence start-up, operation and control of anaerobic digesters at different scales.

Contact Us:


Carol Williams
(608) 890-3858 (office)
(515) 520-7494 (mobile)
Department of Agronomy
1575 Linden Dr.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706

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Grassland buffers protect Wisconsin’s waterways from excess nutrient runoff from agriculture. Photo: Anonymous.