Do you own land that you would like to see conserved for the benefit of future generations?
Need some inspiration? Read about two projects completed this past year.
Strategic Land Protection
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 areas having the greatest potential for resilience to climate change. Our process emphasizes the ecological connectivity of natural landscapes and habitat in and around Conservation Opportunity Areas (COAs), and further incorporates climate science.
This effort resulted in the established 17 focus areas in our service area that meet our conservation objective of Ecological Resiliency in the face of a changing climate. Of those, we have selected three areas in which we will prioritize new landowner outreach: the Lake Superior South Shore Streams, the Upper Eau Claire River and Barrens, and the St. Croix River Watershed.
2019-2020 Impact Report
Landmark Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust protecting natural resources in northwestern Wisconsin that we all value: clean water, healthy soils, habitat for wildlife, sustainable food sources, and the space to enjoy nature’s gifts.
During our 2019-20 fiscal year, we completed 6 projects, conserving a total of 1,339.65 acres and 54,300 feet of shoreline.
Our focus for new land protection includes targeted areas identified as resilient to climate change, community supported recreational areas, and various private landowner inquiries.
Landmark is working to develop ‘ambassador sites’ with the goals of providing additional recreational opportunities. We’re also working on outreach related to climate change and what areas, because of their geological and physical characteristics, will continue to support ecological diversity under a rapidly changing climate.
There are a variety of options that give landowners the flexibility to meet their needs while providing lasting conservation benefits. These may include significant income and estate tax incentives that should be considered in consultation with legal and financial advisors.
Depending on your property and goals, you may choose to work with Landmark Conservancy to place a conservation easement on the property, sell or donate the property to the Landmark, or work with Landmark to convey the property to a government agency or municipality for public use. All conservation real estate projects must be reviewed and approved by the Landmark Conservancy Board of Directors.
If you are interested in exploring your options, you should consult with your financial and legal advisors to learn more about how working with Landmark Conservancy might help you meet your conservation and financial goals. Start by completing the Landowner Questionnaire.
Click each of the six options displayed below to determine which is a good fit for you.
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.