DIVISION OF NATURAL RESOURCES
The HCN DNR is dedicated to serving the Ho-Chunk Nation tribal government and affiliated agencies in the management of natural resources on all tribal lands. We aid in the management of these natural resources and lands with professionalism and care for the future growth of the Ho-Chunk Nation.
HCN DNR is responsible for managing, exercising stewardship, and applying sound conservation practices over all of the Nation’s lands and its natural resources.
LAND MANAGEMENT DIVISON
The Land Management Division is responsible for land management and conservation practices for all Ho-Chunk Nation tribal lands.
The mission is to serve the nation in environmental site assessments, restoration, and preservation. The Lands Specialists work corporately with various agencies such as Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The Lands Specialists also work with other tribal organizations to ensure that cultural and natural resources are preserved and managed appropriately.
Russell Hunter, Land Management Division Manager
A.J. Mann, x1119
Isaiah Funmaker, x1359
Lance Blackdeer, x1124
Paul Youngthunder, x1127
Reiss Blackhawk, x1109
The Nation strives to preserve and protect cultural heritage by maintaining and restoring wildlife resources associated with tribal lands. The Wildlife Division is responsible for monitoring and enhancing habitat for native species on the Nation’s lands. The Division conducts wildlife surveys, aids in environmental assessments by providing endangered resource reviews, and works closely with the state and federal wildlife agencies and officials to better manage wildlife resources.
This Division collects data to reveal information about wild life population, distribution, habitat-use, and many aspects necessary for identifying the overall health of a species and the habitat it occupies. The information collected is used to guide wildlife management decisions.
Endangered Resources: Wildlife program is responsible for inventorying endangers resources. Documenting and monitoring endangered resources associated with tribal lands is imperative to preserving these species and the critical habitats they are associated with. Information gathers about endangered resources is shared with the lands program and helps them identify sensitive areas to protect or preserve during development planning and land acquisitions.
Outreach and Education: HCN DNR is committed to providing outdoor educational opportunities to tribal members.
The Forestry Division is responsible for managing all forest resources on the Nation’s lands. This Division creates and implements forest management plans, implements urban forestry management plans around developed lands; prevents, controls, slows, or eliminates the spread of invasive species on the Nation’s lands; oversees and administers Wildland Urban Interface grants provided by the BIA; and provides outreach and educational programs for tribal members.
Available services provided by the Forestry Division include: hazard tree removal from tribal homes and tribal enterprises and firewood permits.
The Agriculture Division is responsible for establishing and managing all agricultural activities on Ho-Chunk agricultural lands.
The Division oversees all agricultural leases; implements crop planning, planting, crop maintenance, harvest, and post-harvest processing; researches climate changes, growing seasons, habitat changes and the potential for livestock. The Agriculture Division also provides outreach and educational programs for tribal members.