Wild Reads

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This is where we share stories about and from partners, landowners, and friends throughout the conservation community. Let us know if you have a book review or article to share. We don't promise to publish everything we receive, but we'd love to know what you're reading and what you think is worth sharing.

Hikes
Sightings
It started as a perfect day. The day after Independence Day, I locked in the address for Borah Creek Prairie on my GPS, filled the Jeep with gas, and took…
Ever wondered what the Driftless Region is like from a new perspective? Contours: A Literary Landscape published by the Driftless Writing Center, shows readers a quick glimpse about an area…
Book Reviews
The way the environment, specifically the land, has been treated over the years is starting to show its effects. These actions toward the land have consequences and it seems that…
What’s Cooking?
As rhubarb season winds down, it reminds me of how fortunate we are to live here in our beautiful Driftless Area. We have an abundance of locally grown food in…
Here's a heads up for anyone in the Driftless Area concerned about land use and other natural resource issues, particularly in this time of climate change. La Crosse County has…
Conservancy Stories
In the News
Today, the legislature's Joint Committee on Finance voted to renew the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for 4 years at 32 million dollars per year. While this outcome didn't reach the long-term…
Book Reviews
What does it mean to be living? Despite our own definition of what it means to be alive, we have learned in school that there are 7 characteristics of life…
When reading a text from 70 years ago it is easy to question the relevance of it to life today. The work in question is “The Land Ethic” by Aldo…
Book Reviews
How does the apocalypse begin? Faulty medicine? Endless wars? Artificial intelligence overthrowing the human race? All three have been forecasted in movies and novels as possible apocalyptic beginnings; but, what…
The poetry of Lisa Bellamy gives its audience a unique look at the natural world through the lens of poetry. Lisa Bellamy, a Wisconsin native, is the author of many…
Book Reviews
“A White Heron” is a short story written by Sarah Orne Jewett in the late 1800s as a part of a whole collection of short stories, simply titled: A White…
Conservancy Stories
Book Reviews
Birdwatching is gaining the perspective of another. J. Drew Lanham does just that in his 2016 book The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. Dreaded…
Conservancy Stories
News Releases