Land Conservation


A public hearing will be held by Douglas County Planning & Zoning Committee at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in the Government Center Board Room, Second Floor, 1316 North 14th St., Superior, WI, to solicit public comment on the Draft Douglas County Land and Water Resource Management Plan.  The plan will direct the work of the Douglas County Land and Water Conservation Department, and will be implemented from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2029.  

Mission Statement

The Land Conservation Department’s mission is to administer the Douglas County Land and Water Conservation Program to meet local priorities, conditions, and the needs of Douglas County land users through utilizing the Douglas County Land and Water Resource Management Plan as guidance and the State-funded, cost-share program for implementing conservation practices.


Other activities the Land Conservation Department is responsible for include: 
  • Administering programs such as:
    • Aquatic Invasive Species Program 
    • Environmental Reserve Fund 
    • Farmland Preservation Program
    • Short-term, grant-funded programs
    • Wildlife Damage Program
  • Providing technical assistance for all types of conservation practices
  • Implementing information and education programs
  • Updating various soil and water resource inventories
  • Nurturing partnerships with other county, state, and federal agencies

A watershed study was completed in November 2013 for the St. Croix Headwaters Watershed (SCHW) by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The study focused on priority water resource issues identified through collaboration with the agencies and stakeholders.  This included evaluating existing conditions for water quality; wetlands presence and function; aquatic habitat; fish passage; aquatic invasive species and St. Croix Flowage Management.  Potential for future development was also assessed, including potential impacts of development on priority water resources.  Finally, recommendations were made to direct future watershed management.  See here for the study report including tables, data, and maps.