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Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • How do I get a zoning permit?

  • When do I need a permit from Land and Water Conservation?

  • How do I rezone my property?

  • Who can help me with shoreland erosion issues?

  • How do I prepare a nutrient management plan?

  • How do I report manure runoff?

  • What is cost sharing and what can it be used for?

  • Is there a fee for Land and Water Conservation staff assistance?


Shannon Rohde, Project Coordinator

Seasonal Employees and Student Interns


Hancock Agricultural tractor
Research Station

N3909 County Road V
Hancock WI 54943

Phone: 715-249-5424
Toll Free: 888-249-5424
Fax: 715-249-5425

 windbreak1999The CWWP provides tree
planting services, including 
windbreak and living snow fence design, fabric
installation and a three year
maintenance program. 
Wildlife habitat development, 
seeder rental, custom spraying, 
chemical burndowns, and public
information and education are 
among the other services offered.

 This windbreak was planted in 1999. (Photo taken in 2005)

The CWWP custom designs windbreaks and living snow fences using fast growing, disease resistant 
species, and guarantees a 95% survival rate for the first three critical years. 

Who are we?

The Central Wisconsin Windshed Partnership Group (CWWP) is a cooperative venture consisting of:

What we do

  • Install windbreaks to control wind erosion, create
    shelterbelts, or as living snow fences.
  • Wildlife habitat development
  • Custom spraying and mowing
  • Public information and education
  • Check out our business plan for more details


Tree and Shrub Shelter Sales

Golden Sands RC&D, a conservation nonprofit that serves Portage County, is partnering with Plantra to sell tree shelters at discounted pricing that can help protect your tree and shrub seedlings from wildlife browsing! More information can be found on their website:



August 2018 - The CWWP, along with the Waushara County Parks Department and the White River Flowage Lake Management District (Waushara County), were fortunate to be awarded a team of seven AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers.  The Maple 6 team arrived on July 13 and departed on August 6.  This hard working and enthusiastic team assisted with a variety of projects.  In Waushara County, the team removed terrestrial and aquatic invasive plants at county parks and on the White River Flowage.  While serving with the CWWP, they helped install weed barrier fabric and hand weeded  windbreak and living snow fence sites around Central Wisconsin. 

AmeriCorps Departure

AmerCorps NCCC Maple 6 Team and CWWP staff front row left to right:  Maya Giddings, Veronica Conley, Alex Jensen, Team Leader Krystal Otworth, Patty Benedict (Portage County Land & Water Conservation Division)

Back row left to right:  Dirk Last and Marty Sytsma (CWWP), Kyle Cunningham, Ty Ray, Tate Klauck (CWWP), Levi Farlee, Shannon Rohde and Bob Benedict (CWWP) 

See Press Release - PRESS RELEASE-AmeriCorps 2018


WRF in kayaks

AmeriCorps Maple 6 team members in search of Flowering Rush, an aquatic invasive plant, on the White River Flowage.


 Hwy 82 rearview

Maple 6 and CWWP crew installing weed barrier fabric on a living snow fence along State Highway 82 near Oxford, WI.


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