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Department Detail:  Conservation, Sanitation and Zoning

Department Conservation, Sanitation and Zoning
Department Head Lynda Schweikert
Address 150 W. Alona Lane
Lancaster, Wisconsin  53813
Phone Number 608-723-6377, Ext. 3
Alt. Phone Number 608-723-6377, Ext. 4
Fax Number 608-723-6792
Staff Conservation, Sanitation and Zoning Staff
Office Hours 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday


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



Grant County Tree Sale 

Deadline to order trees has passed.

Click below to be put on the mailing list for next year

If you ordered trees this year we will send you a postcard with the date, time and location that the trees can be picked up.


2017 Tree Descriptions





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.     



To get on the mailing list for next year, click the link below and 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 & New Working Lands Initiative


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


 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 $3500 limit on practices.  One way to offset the high cost of installation is to piggyback the money with other cost sharing programs. The other method is to cost share on low cost, stand alone practices, such as well abandonment, crop management practices, grassed waterways and special practices.  The LWCC has set high, medium and low priority on each practice and reevaluates this list yearly.  The priorities are then 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 LWCC has set a limit of 70% cost sharing up to $10,000 for manure storage and $7500 for all other practices.  If the estimated cost is over $10,000, 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 37:  Animal Waste Storage & Nutrient Utilization Ordinance

Animal waste storage and nutrient utilization is regulated through Chapter 37 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 37 Animal Waste Storage Ordinance

Storage Permit Application

Earnest Money Agreement

Waste Storage Informational Brochure


 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


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.  Since the Department of Agriculture does not have the funds to implement these regulations, the responsibility falls to the county if they wish to continue receiving funds from the state.  In an effort to help the landowners of Grant County meet the SAPS, the Grant County Conservation, Sanitation, and Zoning Department has developed several options for landowners to obtain a nutrient management plan.  The first option is to apply for cost sharing for landowners to develop a nutrient management plan.  The second option is to work with UW Platteville to provide students to work with landowners and develop a nutrient management plan, while enriching the student’s education with real life examples.  The third option is to provide classes to train the landowner to write their own plan and the final option is to work with the landowner one on one in the office.


Statewide Ag Performance Standards Information Sheet

What is a Nutrient Management Plan

Do I need a Nutrient Management Plan



SnapPlus Website

Manure Application Maps

Nutrient Management Checklist

Nutrient Management Planners/Soil Test Labs

DATCP Nutrient Management Planning Information  









 PERMITS - For Conditional Use, Variance, or Comprehensive Plan Map Change or Rezone Applications please contact our office at 608-723-6377 #4


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, LWCC 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 LWCC 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 and 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)


Joe Schmelz, District Conservationist

150 W Alona Ln.  Lancaster, WI  53813

608-723-6377 #130



Natural Resouce Conservation Service Website

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


University of Wisconsin-Extension

Ted Bay, Grant County Crops & Farm Management Agent

916 E Elm St.  Lancaster, WI  53813




UW Extension Website


Department of Natural Resources


Game Wardens: 

Cassville - Nick Wallor: 608-778-2465 

Lancaster - Marty Stone: 608-723-2339



     Allen King   608-723-2397


DNR Website

     DNR Surface Water Data Viewer

     Recreational Vehicle Registration

     Invasive Species


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


DATCP Website

     Pesticide, Fertilizer or Feed Complaint

     Farming & Agriculture - Legal Aid


Farm Service Agency

Tammy Eibey, County Executive Director

150 W Alona Lane  Lancaster, WI  53813 

608-723-6377 #131 



FSA Website


Southwest Badger Resource, Conservation & Development (RC&D)

Wendy Warren -  Director 

1370 N Water St., Ste. 3

PO Box 753

Platteville, WI 53818
Phone: (608) 348-7110
Email: swbadger@swbadger


SW Badger RC & D 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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