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Conserving Wisconsin’s natural legacy for everyone...forever.

 

Photo: Devil’s Punchbowl Preserve, Menomonie, WI

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Landmark is a non-profit conservation organization serving 20 counties in western and northwestern Wisconsin.  We work primarily with private landowners who wish to conserve their land in perpetuity.  Conservancy staff evaluates and select potential projects based on notable conservation values.  We also work with local municipalities, state, and federal entities to create public preserves and trails for all to enjoy.  Our primary tools for land protection are conservation easements and land acquisition.

Our Mission

Our mission is to conserve Wisconsin’s natural legacy for everyone…forever.

Our Vision

As we look to the future of:

Wisconsin

We see a landscape with wild and scenic places conserved and accessible to people for generations to come.

Our Community

We see a network of sustainable programs working together with our partners, private and public landowners, and passionate, engaged citizens to preserve the natural world and wild and scenic places we cherish.

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We see a respected land trust building a community of stewardship for special places in our perpetual care.
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Our Progress

Reviewing our annual reports is a great way to see our mission and vision in action. Read about our accomplishments, goals and plans for the future.
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Our History

Landmark Conservancy was born of a merger between two nationally accredited land trusts: West Wisconsin Land Trust and Bayfield Regional Conservancy.
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West Wisconsin Land Trust (WWLT) was founded in 1988 with a focus on farmland protection.  By the time Wisconsin Farmland Conservancy had changed its name to West Wisconsin Land Trust in 2002, over 4,500 acres of farms, forests and open space had been protected.  As the momentum for private land protection grew, so grew the area in which WWLT worked, stretching from the Black River to the south, the banks of the Mississippi to the west, and the shores of Lake Superior to the north.

WWLT helped protect more than 25,000 acres of land and held 177 conservation easements.  These easements protect approximately 20,000 acres.  WWLT also owned six small preserves totaling over 500 acres.  The organization assisted with a number of other projects where land was conveyed to the ownership of another conservation partner, such as an outdoor sports club, a habitat organization, or a government agency.

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Bayfield Regional Conservancy (BRC) was incorporated in 1996 with the mission of protecting the lands of the Bayfield Peninsula.  Early work included the establishment of the Brownstone Trail in Bayfield, collaborating with the Town of Bell to permanently conserve shore land near Cornucopia, and the completion of the Big Ravine Trail.  In the ensuing years, BRC conserved over 5,000 acres, holding over 30 conservation easements and two forested preserves.

Working in Ashland, Douglas, Sawyer, and  Bayfield Counties, BRC’s service area included Wisconsin’s entire Lake  Superior drainage basin as well as the incredibly rich and diverse lakes region in Sawyer County. Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands were also included in the service area. BRC had a proud history of community-based conservation initiatives to preserve Wisconsin’s northwestern region.

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The two organizations had been longtime partners, collaborating on a number of projects in recent years.  After two years of careful deliberation, we determined that our commitment to conservation required a unified and more robust organization for greater impact.  Our integrated staff of conservation and advancement professionals will help ensure the quality, visibility, and permanence of our work.  The merger was complete in the spring of 2018 .

Lindsey Ketchel

Executive Director

Erika Lang

Conservation Manager

Andrew Norman

Stewardship Manager

Sara Norman

Community Outreach Coordinator

Rick Remington

Conservation Director

Erin Sterk

Operations Administrator

Kristin Thompson

Advancement Director

Interested in learning more about joining the Board of Directors?

Read the article by former Board Member Judy Aldrian! For more information contact Executive Director Lindsey Ketchel at:

(715) 235-8850  or at lindsey@landmarkwi.org.

Executive Committee

 

Bill Butsic – Board Chair

Menomonie, WI

Retired, ConAgra

 

Genevieve Johnson – Board Vice Chair

Minneapolis, MN

Retired, Architect

 

Sue DeNuccio – Board Secretary

Minneapolis, MN

Retired, Vice President, Target Corporation

 

John Grape – Board Treasurer

Menomonie, WI

Senior Business Loan Officer, WESTconsin Credit Union

Members At-Large

 

Sue Aiken – Bayfield, WI

Registered Nurse

 

Chuck Bomar – Menomonie, WI

Retired Dean, UW-Stout, College of STEMM

 

Rory Cameron – Chippewa Falls, WI

Retired, Chippewa County Circuit Judge

 

Bob Durfey – Bayfield, WI

Retired, Professional Engineer

 

Tom Fitz, Ph.D. – Ashland, WI

Professor of Geology, Northland College

 

Mary Hemshrot – Shell Lake, WI

Environmental Educator

 

Greg Hilding – Minnetonka, MN

Retired, Group President, Bremer Bank

 

John March – Edina, MN

Retired, Cargill Corporation

 

Katherine Merrill – Herbster, WI

Retired, Vice President, Regis Corporation

 

Richard (Rick) Neville – Eden Prairie, MN

Retired, Executive VP, World Fuel Services

 

Bruce Siebold – Menomonie, WI

President and Owner, Rusk Prairie and Consulting, LLC

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Landmark Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

500 East Main Street, Suite 307 Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751

715-235-8850 (All Offices)