Fall Land Walk
on September 15th, about 25 outdoor enthusiasts of all ages attended this land walk in Sheboygan County.
Two generations of passionate land stewards have spent their years restoring this sandy stretch of land, which operated as a sand and gravel pit until 1963, to include a variety of trees and vegetation to support native wildlife habitats. The current landowner shared his knowledge of how removing invasive species and replacing them with native and diverse species has helped to restore the ecosystem health of this property.
This was a unique opportunity for the public to explore this conserved land that is privately owned.
Join us on the next seasonal Land Walk!
This event was co-hosted by Gathering Waters - Land Trust Days, a collaborative effort to promote conservation efforts by highlighting land trust events in Wisconsin in the months of August and September. Click the icon below to learn more about the campaign and #havefunoutside!
Enjoy pictures from the event in the slideshow below...
October 14, 2018
Second Annual Sunday Drive with GLC
Over two dozen people attended our 2nd annual Sunday Drive Event which was recently held on a brisk, but sunny fall day. Attendees enjoyed a scenic drive between four property destinations in Maniotowoc and Sheboygan counties: Drohman Manitou Maples, Point Creek Natural Area, Northup Bella Terra, and Willow Creek Preserve. At each stopping point a landowner or volunteer was present to explain the property features and offer an opportunity to explore the conserved land. The final destination was at Taylor Park to enjoy a picnic of locally made sandwiches, beverage choices of all kinds, homemade desserts, and friendly conversation. Thank you to the landowners who opened their property to the public for this event and lead a group, shared their personal land stories, and answered questions. Also, big thanks to everyone who participated or helped to organize the event! It was a tremendous success and we look forward to holding this event next year!
Wisconsin state funding for land conservation could expire soon!
You can help by showing your support for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and encouraging your legislators to maintain this funding source!
State funding for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship will expire soon if the governor and the state legislator don't act during the next state budget. The budget cycle ends on June 30th, 2019, but the budget starts to be debated in the early months of 2019. Please join us in asking our current state representatives to support the re-authorization of the stewardship program and maintain the funding, currently at $33.25 million annually. This program has been used to protect more than 500,000 acres of Wisconsin's most cherished land, including the Amsterdam Dunes preserve located in Holland, Wisconsin and conserved by Glacial Lakes Conservancy.
Wisconsin is an attractive place to live, work, and play. Residents and visitors alike chose Wisconsin for the beauty of our natural resources. This is evidenced by out $18 billion outdoor recreation and $24 billion forestry industry. We have a rich history of conservation and most of us have deeply ingrained memories of being outdoors with our families as children, and now we create memories with our own children, grandchildren, nieces, nephew, friends, and other loved ones.
Please let your state legislators and our governor know that you support the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and that you would like to see it's funding maintained so that we may continue to protect Wisconsin land for the benefit of clean air, water, wildlife, and the Wisconsin way of life.
"In the coming years, we must continue to ensure that Wisconsin’s Stewardship Program—one of our nation’s most successful conservation programs—remains strong and well-funded. If we do, it will continue to provide natural areas, state parks and bike trails that Wisconsinites will enjoy for generations to come." ~The Nature Conservancy
To find out who your state legislators are, go to maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/.
For more information about the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund go to dnr.wi.gov/topic/stewardship/grants/Index.html.
To see a map with WI DNR Public Access Lands, visit dnrmaps.wi.gov/H5/?Viewer=Public_Access_Lands