Jan and Rick Neville are longtime supporters of conservation in northwest Wisconsin. As conservation easement landowners, the Nevilles understand the importance of protecting the natural resources of the land. And with over 30 years of traveling to Sawyer County, they have seen first-hand the threats to these landscapes. “From development to climate change, we’ve seen the need to protect these areas,” Rick shared. This experience has deepened the Neville’s desire to further their commitment to conservation by joining Landmark’s Legacy Circle.  

“Our attitudes have changed a little bit in that we now have two grandchildren with a third on the way. That changes the perspective on how you view the timeline of conservation. this. You’re not only supporting conservation for people today but for future generations,” Rick explained. The Nevilles have decades of fond family memories of swimming in lakes and fly fishing on the Namekagon. So, ensuring the next generation has access to wild places is important to Rick and Jan.  

“Being on the Landmark board, you get an insider’s view of how hard the staff works and the important work they’re doing.” Rick went on to say, “It says it all in the mission… they’re conserving Wisconsin’s natural legacy for everyone, forever. As Jan and I have talked, people like to throw out the word forever, but here it’s not rhetorical, it’s true. Landmark needs the support and the endowment to carry on this great work.”  

Jan and Rick Neville

Jan and Rick Neville

When reflecting on a message to inspire others to consider Landmark in their estate plans, Jan shared, “For people who want to contribute to the greater good of the world, this is one  way to do it. No matter how big or how small, just pass it forward.”  

If you’d like to leave a lasting legacy in conservation like Jan and Rick Neville, learn more about our Landmark Legacy Circle here. Join by June 30 to participate in the Legacy Challenge, and special matching funds will celebrate new commitments with a $1,000 contribution in your honor!  

Watch this short video of Jan and Rick Neville speaking about the importance of conservation in northwest Wisconsin.