Located in southwestern Wisconsin, Richland County is in the Driftless Area of the upper Midwest. This name comes from the fact that the area was unglaciated during the most recent glacial event about 12,000 years ago. Glaciers surrounded but did not pass over this land. The area abounds in caves and sinkholes and has residual, well-drained soil. As a result, the topography is more rugged than that usually associated with the Midwest.
In addition to unusual and beautiful scenery, Richland County, in the heart of the driftless region, is home to some of the best trout fishing in the United States. Years of work with landowners and farmers to reduce erosion that contributed sediment to our spring-fed streams has resulted in more quality fishing opportunities.
The Land Conservation Department, working in cooperation with a wide range of local, state and national groups, continues to be actively involved in numerous conservation-related efforts. Look around our website and contact us if you have any questions.
Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative (FARMLAND PRESERVATION)
This program was designed to help the landowner and the government in preserving the agriculture land, minimizing conflicting land uses and promote soil and water conservation. Owners of farmland who participate in the program could receive an income tax credit on their state tax return. In order for the landowner to claim the credit they must be in compliance with NR151 standard. The use of the land must produce $6,000 in gross receipts the year prior or $18,000 in the last 3 years. All land owners in the townships of Bloom and Sylvan will need to develop an Agricultural Enterprise Area or adopt the zoning ordinance.
For more information regarding the Farmland Preservation Program in Richland County contact Cathy Cooper or Kent Marshall at 608-647-2100.