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Land & Water Reference Guide

In order to better serve the residents and landowners in Vernon County, the Land & Water Conservation Department has compiled this Land & Water Reference Guide for your use. This guide includes contacts from a number of different sources, including county departments, state, and federal agencies. We hope you find it a useful tool whether you are using or improving the natural resources in our beautiful county. (All telephone numbers listed have a 608 area code unless otherwise indicated)

Animal Waste
Manure Storage.......................................................................637-5478
Regulations and Utilization ......................................................637-5478
Runoff Issues .......................................................................... 637-5478

Fish and Wildlife
Fish Habitat ............................................................................ 637-5480
Wildlife Damage..........................................USDA-APHIS800-433-0663
Hunting/fishing info/other wildlife issues.......................... DNR 637-3938

Government Programs
Conservation Reserve Prog. (CRP)............Tom Kreuzer 637-2183 ext5
Cons. Reserve Enhancement (CREP)................Nick Gilman 637-5476
Environ. Quality Incent. (EQIP)...................Tom Kreuzer 637-2183 ext5
Farmland Preservation Prog. (FPP)....................Ben Wojahn 637-5482
Managed Forest Law (MFL)............................................DNR 637-3784
Wetland Reserve Prog. (WRP).....................Sam Skemp 637-2183 ext5
Wildlife Habitat Incentive (WHIP)..................Sam Skemp 637-2183 ext5

Information/Land records
Aerial Photos......................................................Doug Avoles 637-5314
Land Use Plans. .................................................Doug Avoles 637-5314
Plat Books/Parcel Information......................... Rachel Hanson 637-5365
Property Taxes. .............................................. Rachel Hanson 637-5365
Soil Information.............................................Sam Skemp 637-2183 ext3
Surveys. ........................................................Laurence Johns 637-5325

Land (County Owned)
Boating............................................................Marty Kennedy 637-5485
Camping.......................................................... Marty Kennedy 637-5485
Flood Control Dams...........................................Mark Erickson 637-5483
Hunting.....................................................................................637-5480
Other Recreational Uses ................................. Marty Kennedy 637-5485

Land (Privately Owned)
Burning Permits...........................................................Town Chairman *
Conservation Plans........................................Sam Skemp 637-2183ext3
Conservation Practices........................................Matt Albright 637-5478
Contour Strips...............................................Tom Kreuzer 637-2183ext3
Crops (Rotating)...........................................Tom Kreuzer 637-2183 ext3
Crops........................................................................................637-5276
Forest Stewardship Plans.....................................Nick Gilman 637-5476
Grazing / Pasture..................................................Ben Wojahn 637-5482
Gully Erosion..................................................Sam Skemp 637-2183ext3
Invasive Species...................................................Nick Gilman 637-5476
Nutrient Management Plans. ............................... Ben Wojahn 637-5482
Organic Farming....................................................................... 637-5480
Prairies..................................................................................... 637-5480
Stream Bank Erosion.................................... Sam Skemp 637-2183 ext3
Timber Harvesting ................................................Nick Gilman 637-5476
Tree Planting ........................................................Nick Gilman 637-5476
Wells/Water Testing ..........................................UW Extension 637-5276

Land Development
Building Permits*..........................................................Town Chairman *
Fencing Laws. ..............................................................Town Chairman *
Driveway Permits:
County Road. .........................................................Phil Hewitt 637-5452
Town Road..................................................................Town Chairman *
Floodplain Zoning*..........................................Ashley Oliphant 637-5271
Livestock Siting ....................................................................... 637-5478
Mining/Quarries ................................................ Mark Erickson 637-5483
Ponds............................................................Sam Skemp 637-2183 ext3
Sanitary Permits*............................................ Ashley Oliphant 637-5271
Septic Systems............................................... Ashley Oliphant 637-5271
Shoreland Zoning*.......................................... Ashley Oliphant 637-5271
Sludge/Biosolids................................................... Ben Wojahn 637-5482
Wetlands*......................................................Sam Skemp 637-2183 ext3
Zoning (other)*. ........................................................... Town Chairman *

Solid Waste/Landfill
Ag Plastic ................................................................................. 634-2900
Asbestos. .................................................................................634-2900
Carcass Disposal ..................................................................... 634-2900
Demolition Materials. .................................................................634-2900
Hazardous Waste......................................................................634-2900
Recycling...................................................................................634-2900

Water (La Crosse Regional DNR office)
Altering Streams................................................................DNR 785-9000
Creating Ponds.................................................................. DNR 785-9000
Shoreland Alteration ..........................................................DNR 785-9000
Springs..............................................................................DNR 785-9000
Stream Crossings..............................................................DNR 785-9000

*Floodplain, Shoreland, and Wetland Ordinance
Vernon County has adopted Floodplain, Shoreland, and Wetland Ordinances for unincorporated areas. A Town Building Permit does not exempt a landowner from complying with Vernon County regulations. A county sanitary permit is required for most work (new, replacement, repairs) on septic systems.

Several Towns have adopted some form of Land Use Controls
(Ordinances) Please contact the respective Town Clerk.

DO NOT commit funds, sign contracts, or make plans that cannot be changed until you have checked with both the local municipality and the County Zoning & Sanitation Office!

*A list of Town Chairmans can be found in this book under Municipalities