Empire Sauk Sites

Below is a list of the sites our chapter works on. Five of the sites managed by E-S are designated State Natural Areas (SNA): Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie, Pleasant Valley Conservancy, Smith-Reiner Drumlin Prairie, Schluckebier Sand Prairie, and Parrish Oak Savanna.

Nearly all of these sites are open to the public. Our preserves are established for the preservation and conservation of nature, especially critical habitat for rare and declining species and ecosystems.  Therefore, only certain limited activities are allowed.  These may vary from site to site depend upon the funding sources and management objectives.  If an activity is not explicitly allowed, it is prohibited.  Please check specific site webpages for site details.

For a map of sites managed by ESC, click here (pdf map).
For an interactive map and directions to all TPE owned sites, click here (Google Map).

Site Name  Acres  County
Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie 16.2 Dane
Erbe Grasslands 99.0 Dane
Foxglove Savanna 10.5 Sauk
Gasser Sand Barren 3.0 Sauk
Giordano Oak Barrens and Sand Prairie 40.0 Columbia
Goplin Easement 30.0 Dane
Handrick Grassland 96.0 Dane
Hauser Road Prairie 45.0 Dane
Kalscheur Savanna 19.0 Iowa
Moely Prairie Easement 24.0 Sauk
Mounds View Grassland
   A to Z 276.0 Iowa
   Hanley Preserve 260.0 Iowa
   Schurch-Thomson 193.0  Iowa
   Shea Prairie 103.0 Iowa
Parrish Oak Savanna 29.0 Dane
Pleasant Valley Conservancy 143.0 Dane
Pleasure Valley Conservancy 209.0 Dane
Rattlesnake Ridge 42.0 Iowa
Schluckebier Sand Prairie 22.7 Sauk
Smith-Reiner Drumlin 40.0 Dane
Sugar River Savanna 9.0 Dane
Swenson Bluff 11.5 Iowa
Thomas Tract 190.0 Iowa
West Dane Conservancy Easement 135.0 Dane