You canít help falling in love with wetlands when you see this book. Wisconsin Wetlands Association announces the publication of Wisconsinís Wetland Gems™ (150 pp., $25) a full-color guide to Wisconsinís 100 Wetland Gems™ - high quality habitats that represent the wetland riches (marshes, swamps, bogs, fens, and more) that historically made up a quarter of Wisconsinís landscape. The full-color book features beautiful materials, including all of the maps and fact sheets that are available in PDF form on these webpages and more, compiled in a convenient, spiral-bound collection.

An overview of the Wetland Gems™ project and a pictoral guide to the twelve wetland types found in Wisconsin open the book. The core of the book features one section for each of eight geographic regions of the state and a special section highlighting Workhorse Wetland Gems™, sites that each exemplify one of the natural services provided by wetlands: flood and stormwater attenuation, water quality protection, shoreline protection, groundwater connections, wildlife habitat, fish habitat, and recreation and educational opportunities. Within each section, readers will find a map and suite of fact sheets for each regionís Wetland Gems™. The book also includes a comprehensive index of site names to help readers find information about their favorite wetlands.

Click here for a Wetland Gems™ Book order form

The Wetland Gems™ Book is also available at the following retail outlets:

  • The Bog Shoe at Crex Meadows
  • Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Gift Shop
  • Horicon Marsh International Education Center
  • The International Crane Foundation (Baraboo)
  • Horicon Marsh NWR
  • Maywood Environmental Park (Sheboygan)
  • Middleton Public Library
  • Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
  • The Ridges Sanctuary Nature Store (Door County)
  • Spirit of the North Gift Shop at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center (Ashland)
  • Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
  • Woodland Dunes Nature Center

Note to retailers: We are now able to offer the standard 40% wholesaler discount for this publication. Weíd be happy to work with you to get the book into your shop, particularly small, specialty gift shops associated with wetlands or nature areas. Click here for a wholesale order form. Please let us know of other shops who may be interested in carrying the book. Contact us at gemsbook[at] or (608) 250-9971.

Many individuals contributed to this project, including site property owners, members of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wetland Team, and many other partners and natural resource experts. Special thanks to Eric Epstein, Randy Hoffman, Mary Linton, Tod Highsmith and Carolyn Sandberg for exceptionally generous contributions of time and expertise. Laura England, former WWA Outreach Programs Director, led the Wetland Gems™ project with assistance from Katie Beilfuss, then WWA Programs Manager, and Becky Abel, former WWA Executive Director.

The McKnight Foundation, which seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, coalition-building and encouragement of strategic policy reform, funded the portion of this project focusing on Mississippi River Basin regions.

Funding for the coastal regions portion of this project provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant # NA07NOS4190064.

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