​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

Iowa Darters: Wisconsin Freshwater Fish Series, Volume 2


The Iowa darter is a native fish in Wisconsin and the adult male is beautifully colored. Find out how these tiny fish grow from egg to adult, where they like to hang out, and what you can do to keep their waters healthy. 

Released in Fall 2020, the Iowa Darter is the second volume in Cornerstone Press’s new Freshwater Fish Series, produced in collaboration with Extension Lakes and the Wisconsin Center for Land Use Education. 

You may also be interested in Volume 1, Bluegills. Both books are available for purchase at the Extension Lakes Bookstore

County Government Approaches to Protecting, Restoring, and Managing Wetlands

In the United States, counties use many rules and processes to govern wetlands within their jurisdiction. Wetlands play a major role in the world's economic, cultural and ecological systems and are among one of the many threatened natural resources world-wide and Wisconsin is no exception. The survey looked at the ways Wisconsin counties approach wetland protection, restoration and managment. 

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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.