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240 Acres Protected Forever in Douglas County

240 Acres Protected Forever in Douglas County

A view of Newman Lake located on the 160-acre addition to the easement granted to Landmark Conservancy by Bruce Jessen and Gail Baldwin. Photo credit: Airfox Photography LLCWhen Gail Baldwin and Bruce Jessen set out to purchase land in northwest Wisconsin fifteen...

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Rivertime Reflections

Rivertime Reflections

Written by: Tom Andersen, Volunteer I had ridden my bicycle down State Highway 70 for 20 minutes to get to the river.  Sitting on the abutment of the old bridge that crossed the St. Croix River on Highway 70, it never occurred to me that I’d someday be worried about...

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Siskiwit River Estuary Preserve

Siskiwit River Estuary Preserve

Siskiwit River Estuary PreserveCheri (Swenson) Surowiec and her brother Dennis grew up with the Siskiwit River as their playground. Their father Arvid purchased their land in the early 1940s and was a conscientious steward of its resources. He farmed organically and...

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The Punchbowl’s Summer Moods

The Punchbowl’s Summer Moods

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 […]

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Lake Superior Shoreline Project Protects Critical Habitat

Lake Superior Shoreline Project Protects Critical Habitat

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 […]

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Thank You, Friends of Lincoln Community Forest!

Thank You, Friends of Lincoln Community Forest!

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 […]

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Exciting Progress – Focus Areas for Ecological Resiliency Established

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 […]

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Colfax “Ferry Pit” To Become Public Recreation Area

Colfax “Ferry Pit” To Become Public Recreation Area

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 […]

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