Many years have passed since I last visited the Punchbowl and like an old friend, she welcomed me back without judgement. With my camera in hand, I descended the well-worn steps hoping to hear her voice, understand her many moods, and capture her beauty. I vowed not to be the typical tourist who makes a hurried stop, snaps a photo and jumps back into their car and speeds away to their next destination. Rather I visited the Punchbowl several times ove […]
Landmark Conservancy has purchased 53 acres adjacent to the mouth of the Middle River Estuary in Douglas County, which includes 1,990 feet of Lake Superior shoreline. The “Mouth of the Middle” is considered a Land Legacy Place as a Western Lake Superior Drowned River Mouth, indicated by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Its conservation protects important migratory bird habitat and benefits shore birds of Greatest Conservation Need. Th […]
Our goal for this restoration project is to establish a native grassland while providing pollinator habitat. Pollinator habitat isn’t just about the flowers; many insects need structure like dead grass and hollow stems to nest in.
The Lincoln Community Forest is approximately 400 acres near Mason, Wisconsin. In late 2012, Landmark Conservancy acquired the land with funding from two grants: the US Forest Service Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Grant Program, and the State of Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant Program. Today this land is open to the public and offers a variety of non-motorized recreation opportunities.The Forest is managed with help from the non-profit group Friends of the Linco […]
In 2018 Landmark embarked on an ambitious endeavor to develop a strategic conservation focus that will result in the protection of targeted areas rich in biodiversity and resilient to climate change. We believe that conserving larger, intact tracts of land will aid terrestrial and aquatic species in adapting to habitats that are evolving at an increasingly rapid pace. Working with partners and agencies, including The Nature Conservancy science staff, we overlaid our conservation priorities with […]
With the summer season just around the bend, Colfax area residents can look forward to new opportunities for outdoor recreation. Landmark Conservancy recently purchased the 150-acre former gravel pit owned previously by Dunn County Highway Department. The property — known for years as the “Ferry Pit” – has two miles of Red Cedar River frontage and is located adjacent to Town of Colfax’s Felland Park. Local environmental advocate and outdoor enthusiast Ka […]
I’ve been observing woodcocks every spring for over 30 years. Lucky for me, I’ve always lived somewhere where their arrival and evening courtship ritual were easily observed. I watched them with my wife back when we were dating. I watched them with my daughter when she was just a baby. And so each spring, its one of the bright spots on my long to-do list.Watching woodcocks doesn’t take a tremendous amount of skill, but the birds require […]
Landmark Conservancy has closed our public offices out of concern for the health of our communities and staff until May 26 in accordance with the extension of Governor Evers’ Safer at Home order. During this time our staff will be working remotely and may be contacted as usual by phone or email. In-person meetings will be held via phone or video conference, and in-person gatherings will be postponed in accordance with CDC restrictions. This period of quarantine and social distancing is unpr […]
29 Jan 2020 Just over ten years ago, John and JoAnn Henningsen gave a heartfelt letter and a key to each of their three adult children. The letter begins, “Use this key to escape to the great outdoors,” and continues on, urging each of them to embrace nature’s gifts...
100+ acres in the orchard district becomes a public recreation area 28 Jan 2020 Written by Dennis McCann Bayfield County’s newest recreation area could have turned into something very different. When developer Bob Davidson approached the Town of Bayfield planning...