160 Acres in Lost Creek Watershed Permanently Protected

Dry grassy area with thin and wispy trees

Bayfield County purchased a 160-acre property in the Lost Creek watershed in mid-December, thanks to some help from Landmark Conservancy. The parcel will be added to the Bayfield County Forest and managed as part of the adjacent Lost Creek Falls Special Management Area. The property is an ideal spot for migrating birds, located along the Mississippi Flyway and in a Tier 1 Migratory Bird stopover area.

“Through a landowner outreach campaign, Landmark learned of an opportunity to partner with Bayfield County to protect additional land in the headwaters of Lost Creek,” said Landmark Conservancy Conservation Manager Erika Lang in a blog article on the conservancy’s website. “As we have done on past projects including the permanent protection of Siskiwit River Preserve and Fire Hill Forest Preserve, Landmark worked with the county’s Forestry and Parks Department to seek grant funding for the purchase and to negotiate with the seller.”

Grants for the project came from Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.

Photo by Joshua Mayer.