West Central Region

Counties: Adams, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Marathon, Monroe, Pierce, Pepin, Portage, St. Croix, Trempealeau, Vernon, Wood

Description: includes glaciated lands characterized by moraines highly dissected region of ridges and valleys that in some areas contains sharp ridges with very little upland. Soils of the region are derived from glacial materials. Prior to European settlement the region’s vegetation consisted of tallgrass prairie and oak savanna on ridgetops and dry upper slopes, and sugar maple-basswood-oak forest on stepper slopes and wet prairies along rivers and floodplains. Dominant land use/land cover in the region is agriculture (row crops, pasture, dairy), grasslands?, mixed forests of oak, hickory, maple, ashes, elms and cottonwood, and wetlands. Dominant economic activities are dairying, cheese-making, cranberry production and tourism. (See WDNR’s ecological landscapes map, soils map, and natural areas map).

Key biomass? resources: row crop residues (e.g., corn stover?), dedicated perennial herbaceous bioenergy? crops (e.g., switchgrass?), grasslands, forest-based woody materials (e.g., wood chips).

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 clwilliams4@wisc.edu
(608) 890-3858 (office)
(515) 520-7494 (mobile)
Department of Agronomy
1575 Linden Dr.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706

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Use of contour buffer strips in commodity crop systems in southwestern Wisconsin helps reduce soil loss and traps nutrients on slopes. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.