​Center for Land Use Education

The Center for Land Use Education (CLUE) is a joint venture of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and the University of Wisconsin - Madison Division of Extension. It is a focal point for land use planning and management education. 

CLUE specialists and faculty teach students, train local government officials and communities, create a variety of publications and conduct research focused on planning and zoning issues.

Our specialists, with input from our partners, create learning opportunities for communities. By providing up-to-date, comprehensive training on planning and zoning taylored to address specific local needs, our specialist are able to assist towns, villages, cities and counties in making sound land use decisions.

Our faculty teach a variety of courses for the Natural Resource Plannning major, the Sustainable Energy minor, and  Natural Resource Planning graduate courses. Graduate students work with faculty on land use research.

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Local government officals and staff trained annually
Workshops and webinars presented annually
Active partnerships with federal, state and local governments, non-profits, and research institutions

Recent Publications

Zone! The Land Use Game

In this fun and interactive game, players are introduced to the concepts of planning and zoning. They are tasked with developing two communities – one unzoned, and one that is zoned. Through a combination of game play and discussion, players learn how communities grow and change over time. They are introduced to concepts of land use, community planning, and zoning.


Megatrends Forests

Megatrends Transportation Cover.PNGMegatrends Forest 2019 addresses the impacts of forests on individuals, businesses, communities, the environment and the state by taking a closer look at statewide land use and forests use trends. We provide a timeline of Wisconsin's forest history and discuss how the evolution of forest industries, management, ownership and natural threats affect economics, employment, environment, and human health.