Each year we hold our Land Legacy Gathering at a different, significant conservation site in Wisconsin. This year we were thrilled to offer the opportunity to visit the Krank Nature Preserve and Brunet Island State Park, in Chippewa County.
The protection of the Krank Nature Preserve was made possible through the collaborative efforts between a pair of landowners (Bernard & Beverly Krank, seen here), two land trusts (the Ice Age Trail Alliance and the Chippewa County Land Conservancy), the Department of Natural Resources, and the National Park Service.
Because of their collaborative efforts, this beautiful property’s natural and scenic character will remain forever, for public recreation and enjoyment. It provides several benefits to the community, including hunting, trapping, hiking, fishing and cross-country skiing; a new segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail; an untouched, beautiful view from Brunet Island State Park and the protection of water, wildlife and habitat through healthy wetlands.
Folks from the Chippewa County Land Conservancy, the Ice Age Trail Alliance (the co-hosts of this event), as well as several other volunteers, helped to make this event a huge success.
The weather was on our side, and there were whispers of spring all around.
Following the hike, we all headed over to Brunet Island State Park for a reception complete with good food, great company and tasty beverages.
Our co-hosts, the Chippewa County Land Conservancy and the Ice Age Trail Alliance, talked about the importance of forming partnerships and collaborations, to protect Wisconsin's special places. These land trusts also thanked Gathering Waters for the role we play, working hard to strengthen and support land trusts, statewide.
During our reception, at the Brunet Island State Park, guests were able to look out across the Cornell Flowage, at the Krank Nature Preserve.
The reception was complete with a beautiful sunset.
This event is a celebration of the incredible impact that Wisconsin land trusts have on local communities, as well as all the ways those communities (you!) make it possible for us to continue Wisconsin’s incredible land legacy. So, from all of us at Gathering Waters, thank you.