Find a Land Trust Near You

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Wisconsin’s land trusts operate in communities around the state. Their service areas range from a single watershed to a full county or multiple counties.  Select a county below to find a land trust working in your area.

If there are no land trusts listed for your county, select the "Statewide" button, which will show you the organizations that work throughout the state. 

If you would like to add your own land to the over 538,000 acres protected in the state, contact us or your local land trust.

Land Trusts

Contact:
Maggie Zoellner, Executive Director
Purpose:

Kettle Moraine Land Trust (KMLT) is an accredited, 501C(3) non-profit created “to preserve the natural heritage of the Kettle Moraine watersheds and nearby lands in Walworth County, Wisconsin through partnerships in land conservancy and resource management.” During 2000, the KMLT was incorporated to manage a conserved, heavily wooded property called Island Woods, located centrally in the Lauderdale Lakes chain of lakes. From that beginning, KMLT now manages several Preserves though out Walworth County and partners with land owners who create Conservation Easements to preserve a portion of their property.

http://kmlandtrust.org/

Contact:
David Drewiske, Executive Director
Purpose:

The Kinnickinnic River Land Trust (KRLT) is a community based land trust dedicated to working with the community to conserve and protect the beauty and health of the Kinnickinnic River and its watershed.

Based in River Falls, Wisconsin, we work in cooperation with landowners, private organizations, and governmental units to conserve the resources we value – clean water, wildlife, recreation, natural areas, wild trout, scenic beauty, and family farms.

http://kinniriver.org/

Contact:
Martine Koeppel, President
Purpose:

The Land Trust Network (LTN) is a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit land conservation organization that can legally acquire land and conservation easements. These lands are then held in the public trust and are protected in perpetuity.

To date the Land Trust Network has participated in 35 land preservation projects in southern Wisconsin by providing funds or matching conservation easement value. 

http://www.landtrustnetwork.org/

Contact:
Allen Eschenbauch, President
Contact:
Fred Koerschner, President
Purpose:

The Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve is a non-profit land trust dedicated to the protection and preservation of natural areas on Madeline Island for everyone's enjoyment. Madeline Island is adjacent to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on the South Shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin, and is the only one of the Apostle Islands with lands open to private ownership. The MIWP was formed in 1987 and is one of the oldest and most successful land trusts in the State of Wisconsin.

https://www.miwp.org/

Contact:
Matt Reetz, Executive Director
Purpose:

Madison Audubon is a proud community of passionate individuals actively working to improve Wisconsin's environment.

From youth and community education to habitat restoration, through the work of our staff, members, and volunteers, we are making a difference for Wisconsin's birds and beyond!

http://madisonaudubon.org/

Contact:
Howard Aprill, Vice President
Purpose:

The Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy (MALC) is a conservation organization, founded by local volunteers, that offers several alternatives in land protection.

Mission: To preserve and protect valuable land and water resources for the benefit of the public, as well as for the wildlife dependent on these resources, in order to maintain quality of life, biological diversity, and natural scenic beauty for future generations.

http://www.mkeconservancy.org/

Contact:
Carol Abrahamzon, Executive Director
Purpose:

We at Mississippi Valley Conservancy fulfill our mission in three ways:

  • Outreach and education
  • Land protection
  • Land management

We use voluntary tools such as conservation easements, land acquisitions and a landowner registry program to protect lands for their ecology, scenic beauty, outdoor recreation potential and agricultural use. Our staff and volunteers restore native habitat by removing invasive species and conducting prescribed burns. 

https://www.mississippivalleyconservancy.org/

Contact:
Jeff Koeberl, President
Contact:
Janet Smith, Executive Director
Purpose:

North Central Conservancy Trust (NCCT) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the worthy, scenic, working lands and environmental resources for the benefit of the people of Central Wisconsin. NCCT works with landowners to develop easements that protect and preserve the conservation values of their properties.

http://www.ncctwi.org/

Contact:
Deborah Nett, Executive Director
Purpose:

Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust is a non-profit, member-supported, land conservation organization dedicated to permanently protecting our special natural places that contribute to and sustain our quality of life. We are not a government agency or a political advocacy group. We work one-on-one with landowners who wish to preserve their land to create individualized conservation agreements that will leave a lasting legacy for their family and future generations.

Since 1996, when our organization was founded, Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust has worked to preserve land for our future.

We preserve land three ways:

  • Preserve private land through conservation agreements (owners keep their land and limit future development; owners decide what restrictions are placed on their land)
  • Purchase land and open it to the public for light recreational use (using funding from private or government grants)
  • Accept donations of land (usually open to the public, but does not have to be)

https://www.newlt.org/

Contact:
Bryan Pierce, Executive Director
Purpose:

The Northwoods Land Trust was incorporated in 2001 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt conservation organization. The organization grew out of regional lake leader training workshops where lake organization leaders and lake property owners expressed a need for permanent protection options for natural lake shorelands.  Lake protection remains among the highest priorities for NWLT.

The Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) promotes conservation by private landowners for natural shorelands, woodlands, wetlands and other natural resources, as public benefits for present and future generations in Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Florence, Iron, Price and northern Langlade Counties.

http://northwoodslandtrust.org/siteFiles/

Contact:
Tom Stolp, Executive Director
Purpose:

Mission: Preserving the water resources, natural areas, and working lands of Ozaukee and Washington Counties.

Our efforts improve the water quality of our lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands, protect and enhance wildlife habitat, and preserve the scenic and open spaces that define our rural landscape. By creating strong conservation relationships we promote public awareness of the benefits of land preservation, and provide opportunities for nature-based recreation, improving the quality of life in our communities.

https://owlt.org/

Contact:
Kimberly Gleffe, Executive Director
Purpose:

The mission of the River Revitalization Foundation is to establish a parkway for public access, walkways, recreation and education, bordering the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers; to use the rivers to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods; and to improve water quality.

From the past to the future, we are committed to the return of this vital natural resource for all as Milwaukee’s urban rivers land trust.

https://riverrevitalizationfoundation.org/

Contact:
Jessica Renley, Executive Director
Purpose:

Riverland Conservancy’s mission is to promote the conservation, protection, and restoration of the lands, waters, and natural communities that comprise our environmental heritage. We accomplish our mission through three main initiatives: education, stewardship and partnerships.

http://riverlandconservancy.org/

Contact:
Ron Rasmussen, Board President
Purpose:

Since being established in 1993, the Kenosha/Racine Land Trust has focused on permanently preserving land and restoring wildlife habitat. We share a passion for sustainable land management and land preservation. We want Wisconsin’s forests to remain healthy and robust, producing commercial wood for generations to come. We are committed to preserving wetlands, farm lands and sustainable resource use. We are committed to education. The Seno K/RLT Conservancy provides a strong and resilient platform for these invaluable objectives.

http://senokrlt.org/

Contact:
Ryan Rodgers, President
Purpose:

Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy is a nonprofit organization led by diverse group of St. Croix Valley residents. We are rooted in the community, and committed to protecting land for the people, as well as the environment, of the Lower St. Croix River Valley.

http://www.standingcedars.org/

Contact:
Susan Buchanan, Executive Director
Purpose:

Our mission is to preserve our rural heritage by protecting remaining farmland, water resources and natural areas and open spaces impacting Northwestern Waukesha County.

http://tallpinesconservancy.org/

Contact:
Tom Duffus, Vice President, Midwest Region and Northeast Representative
Purpose:

At the Fund, we make conservation work for  America.  By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity.  Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states to protect more than 7.8 million acres of land since 1985.

http://www.conservationfund.org/

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