|Driftless Products and Places
This fiction book is about a veteran journalist who tires of the hype and spin of modern media and decides to seek something truthful in the wilds of Tasmania.
Westby House Victorian Inn
Penny's Nickel & Dime Store
220 West Main Street - La Farge, WI
Ottervale General Store
S4015 Husker Hollow Rd.
La Farge, WI. 54639
608-625-4258 - 608-343-8261
Valley Stewardship Network
Valley Stewardship Network encourages, promotes and helps create opportunities for pro-active stewardship efforts in the Kickapoo River Watershed through education and awareness efforts and by promoting community pride, positive land use, compatible development and communication and coordination among groups in the watershed.
Welcome to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve:
A Unique Project from All Vantage Points
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is an 8,569 acre tract of land located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin.
Its history, resources, administration, and recreational diversity make it unique - a place like no other.
We invite you to come see for yourself the many wonders of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Here sandstone outcroppings tower over the Kickapoo River as you paddle its quiet waters, and native plants and animals abound in all seasons.
Whether you'd like to join us for a scheduled interpretive hike, adventure into the back country on your own, or simply stop and admire the beauty, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve welcomes you! Click here for more.
Gallery Featured Photos
For galleries of photos from around the Driftless Area and beyond, click here.
For archives of stories done about the area, go to the Message Board of this web site and scroll down.
Wet A Fly: In The Driftless Area
This a series of articles by Gregg Hoffmann that will be posted periodically about trout fishing in the Driftless Area.
Go to the Driftless Writers Blog to read them.
In Pixels and Prose
Welcome to Driftless Images, a site that morphed out of the Driftless Writers Blog. into Driftless and now to its present format .
The site still serves as a forum for folks who love the creativity and challenge of using the language in written form.
It doesn't matter whether you are a student, hobby writer or a pro -- or whether you write prose or poems -- you can post your work here. Just use the Driftless Writers Blog Message Board below.
You won't be paid for your writing. Any obscene or libelous/slanderous posts will be removed by the publisher. But, if you can live with those rules, you can use this as a forum to see your work in "print" in cyberspace.
Driftless Images also is the home for The Driftless Area Creative Maps Project, an attempt by this writer/photographer -- Gregg Hoffmann -- to document one of the unique areas of the world in images and words -- thus pixels and prose.
Over the next few years, I plan on writing about the people, places and things that make the Driftless area unique. Some of the stories I have done already are on the Message Board.
The Driftless Area is a relative well-kept secret in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and northwest Illinois. Its karst geology makes it unique, gives it beauty and also makes it an environmentally fragile area.
We'll document that as well as the characters who inhabit the area and some of the communities and places that give it further identity. We'll also try to capture some of the beauty of the area in online photos.
You also can give us your opinion, or write about your favorite place or person too by using the Driftless Writers Blog message board below.
Post your writing by clicking below
You can write your piece right on the blog, but it usually is better to copy and paste it into the site from your own computer. All works on this site are copyright protected and cannot be used again without permission from the authors. Feel free to post notices and opinions about community issues.
Driftless Designated For Federal Conservation Program
The Driftless Area has been designated for the FEDERAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION INITIATIVE.
The announcement was made at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve in La Farge. during the annual meeting of the Driftless Area Partners, a four-state group working to protect and sustain the area’s economy and environment.
All four NRCS State Conservationists from the Driftless Area states attended the announcement, adding their full support to the five year initiative. They are (from left) Ivan Dozier from Illinois, Jimmy Bramblett from Wisconsin, Don Baloun from Minnesota, and Jay Mar from Iowa.
The primary purpose of the Driftless Area Landscape Conservation Initia-tive is to restore, improve and protect the unique and diverse species found in the region’s working lands, forests, streams and prairies. The immediate goals are:
Manage working lands to reduce erosion
Manage woodlands for increased diversity
Restore prairies and manage grasslands and oak savannas for habitat
Restore cold water streams in the Driftless Area.
“The Driftless Area is such a unique landscape, having been by-passed by the glaciers of the last Ice Age,” says Jimmy Bramblett, NRCS State Conservationist for Wisconsin. “However, its steep and beautiful topography leaves it especially vulnerable to soil erosion.
“This initiative helps protect and improve an important, nationally-known region of America,” said Bramblett.
Interested landowners should contact the NRCS office at the USDA Service Center for their county. Applications can be made at any time. For more information, visit www.wi.nrc.usda.gov. You also can see the KVR Update newsletter by going to the Driftless Writers Blog link on this site.
Wet A Fly: In The Driftless Area
The first post in the Wet A Fly series for 2013 has been posted, as Gregg Hoffmann looks at how the fishing season has started despite wild swings in the weather.
It's been pretty good, despite temps ranging from the 40s to the 90s and some snow and ice early, and rain later. Go to the Driftless Writers Blog of this site for the full report.