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Department Detail:  Conservation, Sanitation and Zoning

Department Conservation, Sanitation and Zoning
Address 150 W. Alona Lane
Lancaster, Wisconsin  53813
Phone Number 608-723-6080
Staff Conservation, Sanitation and Zoning Staff
Office Hours 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday. Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

For Conservation click here          For Sanitation click here          For Zoning - click here


Southwest WI Groundwater and Geology Study

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Grant County Tree Sal

Each year Grant County hosts a tree sale for the landowners in and around Grant County.  By holding the tree sale we are able to purchase the trees in bulk, but offer the trees in smaller amounts to those who wish to add a few trees to the landscape.  

*Orders for 2024 are now over. For those who ordered, stay tuned for the pickup date. Thanks for your orders!*

2024 Tree Sale Order Form


2024 Tree Descriptions

Click below to be put on next years mailing list 


Put "Tree Sale Mailing List" in the subject line.  Include your name and physical mailing address in the email and we will mail you out an order form in early winter.


Tree Sale Mailing List






Farmland Preservation Program 


The Farmland Preservation Program (FPP) is designed to help preserve farmland through local planning and zoning, promote soil and water conservation and provide tax relief to participating landowners.  Landowners qualify if their land is in an exclusively agricultural zoning district or if they sign an agreement to use their land exclusively for agricultural purposes.


Map of Farmland Preservation Zoned Townships

Farmland Preservation Application

Working Lands Initiative Website

New Farmland Preservation Tax Credit Information Sheet

Farmland Preservation Plan Map Amendment Draft 

2023 Farmland  Preservation Plan and FP Zoning Maps 

 County Cost Share Program

The County Board approves funding each year for county cost sharing.  The funding is available to cost share on all conservation practices included in the County Cost Share Policy (Listed Below). Due to the small amount of cost share available, the LWCC has set a 75% up to $5000 limit on practices.  The CSZC has set high, medium and low priority on each practice and evaluates this list yearly.  The priorities are also used to assist NRCS on setting priorities in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. (EQIP).


County Cost Sharing Policy 

County Cost Share Application

Conservation Payment Worksheet


Soil & Water Resource Management (SWRM) Cost Share Program

Each year DATCP allocates a certain amount of funds to provide cost sharing in Grant County.  Since the dollar amount of the grant is relatively small in comparison to the amount of cost share requests, the CSZC has set a limit of 70% cost sharing up to $13,500.  If the estimated cost is over $13,500, the individual may request additional funds from the previously mentioned County Cost Share Program.  Cost sharing is available for a variety of the traditional conservation practices used in Grant County.


SWRM Cost Share Application


Chapter 90:  Animal Waste Storage & Nutrient Utilization Ordinance

Animal waste storage and nutrient utilization is regulated through Chapter 90 of the Grant County Code of Ordinances.  The purpose of this ordinance is to regulate the location, design, construction, installation, alteration, closure and the utilization of animal waste from these facilities in order to prevent water pollution and protect the water resources of Grant County.  A permit is required before any construction activity takes place.  Each application for a permit under the Ordinance shall include a complete set of detailed construction plans and a Nutrient Management Plan.  Applications are reviewed by the Grant County CSZD to ensure compliance with NRCS standards and specifications.


Ch 90 Animal Waste Storage Ordinance

Storage Permit Application


Wildlife Damage Abatement & Claims Program

Wisconsin has a program that assists farmers when wildlife damages their agricultural crops. The Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program (WDACP) provides damage prevention assistance and partial compensation to farmers when wild deer, bear, geese, and turkeys damage their agricultural crops. Wildlife managers issue agricultural damage shooting permits to farmers for removal of deer (and occasionally bear, geese, and turkeys) that cause damage.


Wildlife Damage Abatement & Claims Website 

Nuisance Wildlife  

Nutrient Management Program

The statewide agricultural performance standards (SAPS) state that every producer that applies chemical or biological fertilizer must develop and maintain a nutrient management plan by 2008.   In an effort to help the landowners of Grant County meet the SAPS, the Grant County Conservation, Sanitation, and Zoning Department has developed a program where farmers can learn to write their own plan.  It is a 4 session training course, where you learn the proper way to sample your soils, find out about nutrient crediting and UW Recommendations and learn the ins and outs of the SNAP Plus computer program, used to write your plan. 

Statewide Ag Performance Standards Information Sheet

What is a Nutrient Management Plan

Do I need a Nutrient Management Plan



SnapPlus Website

Manure Application Maps

DATCP Nutrient Management Planning Information  





3 Year POWTS Maintenance


Instructional Videos




 PERMITS - For assistance in filling out the applications please contact our office at 608-723-6080

Check out the Zoning Permit Application Process, to determine if your project needs a permit and what type.



Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance Approved 6/20/2017



 Environmental Quality Incentives Program  

 The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program offered through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. It supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land.


Environmental Quality Incentives Program Website

Nutrient Management Checklist

Nutrient Management Planners/Soil Test Labs


Applies to the following towns:

  • Boscobel
  • Clifton
  • Ellenboro
  • Fennimore
  • Harrison  
  • Hickory Grove
  • Jamestown
  • Liberty
  • Lima
  • Millville
  • Mt. Hope
  • Mt. Ida
  • Muscoda
  • Paris
  • Platteville
  • Potosi
  • South Lancaster
  • Watterstown
  • Wingville

Public Information

Land & Water Resource Management Plan

Every citizen benefits from the protection and sustainable use of our natural resources. As standing committees to county boards, CSZC are the primary local delivery system of natural resource programs. County committees and departments are the public’s vital link with local landowners to promote the implementation of conservation practices and achieve greater environmental stewardship of the land.

Wisconsin Act 27 includes provisions for CSZC to develop county Land and Water Resource Management (LWRM) plans. County LWRM plans are envisioned to be a local action or implementation plan with emphasis on program integration. The planning process will provide a more efficient and effective means to address resource issues, meet state standards, and more effectively leverage local, state, and federal resources.


Land & Water Resource Management Plan 

Contractor's Lists

Grant County Contractor List

Grant County Consulting Engineers List

Custom Planter/Prescribed Burning/Land Maintenance

Nutrient Management Planners/Soil Test Labs

Conservation Partners


Natural Resource Conservation Service

(For Conservation issues only, for Zoning & Sanitation, see above)


Matt Miller, District Conservationist

150 W Alona Ln.  Lancaster, WI  53813

608-723-6377 #3



Natural Resouce Conservation Service Website

     Web Soil Survey -  Web Soil Survey Instructions (.pdf)


University of Wisconsin-Extension


UW Extension Website



Department of Natural Resources


DNR Spills Hotline 800-943-0003


Game Wardens: 




Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
5350 Highway 133 E, Boscobel, WI 53805
Phone: 608-963-8130


DNR Website

     DNR Surface Water Data Viewer

     Invasive Species


Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP)


DATCP Website

     Pesticide, Fertilizer or Feed Complaint



Farm Service Agency

Emily Schildgen, County Executive Director

150 W Alona Lane  Lancaster, WI  53813 

608-723-6377 #135



FSA Website



Grant County Legistlators


     Senator Howard Marklein

     Representative Travis Tranel 


Conservation Education Websites

Other Links

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Committee Of Jurisdiction Conservation Sanitation and Zoning Department Committee
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