2018 Land Trust of the Year: Waukesha County Land Conservancy

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Since 1992, the Waukesha County Land Conservancy (WCLC) has demonstrated a commitment to safeguarding Wisconsin’s natural treasures by acquiring and permanently protecting properties with habitat for numerous rare birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and plants. To date, WCLC has protected nearly 2,900 acres of environmentally significant land.

2018 Harold “Bud” Jordahl Lifetime Achievement Award: Jan Zimmermann

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Jan Zimmermann has been described as an “unsung hero” for her support of land conservation in Wisconsin. She has an impressive legacy of professional accomplishments, from leading complex conservation efforts to developing creative new approaches to projects, securing project revenue, and assisting in the acquisition and protection of properties around the state.

2018 Conservationist of the Year: Pat Caffrey

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For more than 40 years, Pat Caffrey has been an integral part of the conservation community in Wisconsin. Pat helped the Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) transform from an all-volunteer organization to an accredited, staffed land trust.