As we transition to 2023, it is time to recall the highlights of the past year. Glacial Lakes Conservancy (GLC) continues to grow. We now hold 28 conservation easements in our 5 county region. We continue to actively manage our 5 public preserves. In total, we are permanently protecting 2048 acres of our local land.
Our newest conservation easement is with the Congregation of St. Agnes (CSA) in Fond du Lac County. This beautiful property of nearly 237 acres includes prairie, woodlands, springs and streams and 340 feet of the Niagara Escarpment. The Sisters of CSA have become active partners with GLC - pitching in to help with fundraising, “friendraising”, and hosting nature based educational events.
Willow Creek Preserve in the City of Sheboygan continues as our flagship property and as the major project for GLC staff and volunteers. We are near the middle of the first 5 year restoration plan using funds obtained through the Sheboygan River Natural Resources Damage Assessment. As restoration progresses, we continue to monitor wildlife and host work and educational events for the community.
For the current year, we anticipate adding 1-2 new conservation easements to our protected properties. We are grateful for the support of our members, donors and volunteers who sustain our mission.