Midwest Prairies restores and improves prairie, savanna, woodland, and wetland habitats.

At Midwest Prairies we subscribe to the concept of ecological health. Ecological health is defined as an ecosystem that is diverse in floral and faunal species; includes multiple age classes of representative species; and is capable of withstanding disturbances like wind and fire. As the Native Americans did for thousands of years, we typically work with natural processes such as fire, selective harvesting or thinning, and by spreading the seeds of desirable plants. However, in the modern age of invasive species, we frequently must use herbicides and powered mechanical equipment to jump start the process.

Ecological health is a process as much as a goal. Ecosystems like prairies, savannas, forests and wetlands do not exist in a static state. They are always changing. Land owners have the option to do nothing to manage their lands. But that will not stop change from happening. Often, when left unmanaged, prairies revert to scrub lands dominated by invasive multiflora rose, savannas revert to woodlands dominated by boxelder and prickly ash, and forests become overgrown with invasive plants like garlic mustard, buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Land owners can also choose to manage their lands consistently and with the goal of improving ecological health in mind. The good news is that when ecological health is improved, the land becomes more useful to people and more beautiful to behold: animals occur in abundance, flowers bloom, and people find that experiential joy that only nature can provide.

Midwest Prairies, LLC is dedicated to helping property owners restore, manage and improve their natural lands using the most efficient and proven techniques available. We provide services that are cost effective and carefully executed to assist land owners in restoring health to their lands. Every project is the personal responsibility of the owner, Carl Korfmacher.

Get to know our team

Carl V. KorfmacherOwner

Carl has spent over twenty years in the natural resources field. He holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, a Master's degree in landscape architecture from Kansas State University, and a Certificate of Business Leadership and Strategic Marketing from the University of Wisconsin's School of Business. He lives in Evansville, Wisconsin with his wife Krista and their two sons.

Dave Hoffman Ecologist & Operations Manager

Dave joined Midwest Prairies in mid-2017 as the Ecologist and Operations Manager. Dave holds a B.S. degree from Carroll College in Environmental Science, Mapping and Regional Analysis as well as a variety of certifications ranging from Burn Boss to Heavy Equipment Operator. Dave wears many hats at Midwest Prairies and enjoys handling daily operations in addition to overseeing prescribed burns, organizing job permitting and writing conservation management plans. In his free time Dave loves to be outdoors, whether it be long distance canoeing or kayaking camping trips, fishing, hiking, golfing or relaxing in the shade with his wife Monica and their two young sons.

Krista Korfmacher VP of "whatever Carl doesn't want to do"

Krista assists in coordination and scheduling and several other critical areas on a part time basis. She holds a bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Colorado and has over twelve years experience in management and event planning.


Midwest Prairies was founded in 1993 by Ron and Marti Martin. For over twenty years the Martins provided outstanding personal service to their customers. Ron’s passion for natural resources, his deep curiosity, and his direct engagement with the land led to the development of methods and approaches that have often led the industry.

In 2014, the Martins retired and sold the business to Carl Korfmacher. Carl’s experience goes back over twenty years as well, beginning in graduate school in the early 90s and continuing through his career during which he was involved in some truly ground breaking work including the Flambeau Mine reclamation (south of Ladysmith, Wisconsin), Kankakee Sands south of Gary, Indiana (owned by The Nature Conservancy), and the Nygren Wetland Preserved west of Roscoe, Illinois (owned by the Natural Land Institute).