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

StoryMap Series - Wisconsin Conservation Reserve Program

The United States Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) retires land in 10–15 year increments to help protect soil, clean water, and enhance wildlife habitat. This report examines the changes in acres and conservation practices in Wisconsin and also discusses the future of the CRP in the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill. 

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Utility-Scale Solar Site Suitability

As Wisconsin has no substantial in-state fossil fuel resources, reliance on a fossil fuel-based energy profile leads to an annual energy spending deficit of $14.4 billion. This profile is rapidly shifting, however. There is increased development of utility-scale (greater than 100 megawatts) photovoltaic production, including several projects under construction and in the queue.

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Zone! The Land Use Game

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In this report we explore how anaerobic digesters are being used in Wisconsin’s agricultural sector today, including their advantages and disadvantages. We conducted on-site visits and interviews at two Wisconsin dairy farms with digesters and one multi-farm digester facility. 

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