Onalaska Greenway Expands With Addition of Savanna Oaks Tract

Person at the top of a small hill with a small dirt trail leading up to the top

Mississippi Valley Conservancy has transferred the title for another piece of the Onalaska Greenway to the City of Onalaska. The property, known as Savanna Oaks, includes 51 acres of woods and prairie.

The land trust first acquired the property in 2009 as part of the Onalaska Natural Lands Protection Program. The intention was always to turn the property over to the City to be managed as part of the network of trails and natural lands that the City is protecting and connecting.

Savanna Oaks is contiguous with Greens Coulee Park and includes wooded hiking trails and bluff-top prairies with views of the Mississippi River Valley. The conservancy holds a conservation easement on the land in perpetuity to ensure the habitat remains protected.

“This is really significant,” said Onalaska Mayor Kim Smith, who grew up exploring Onalaska’s blufflands in her youth. “The reason people love to be here is the beauty of the blufflands. This partnership protects that for future generations.”

Read more in this blog article by Mississippi Valley Conservancy.

Photo by Mississippi Valley Conservancy.