Conservation was always in the back of everyone’s mind; Arvid and Dennis were both naturalists and never wanted the property to be developed. Arvid loved the river, and the family always permitted public access via their land. When a tragic fire took the lives of Dorothy and Dennis in the spring of 2015, Brent and Cheri knew that permanent land protection was the best way to continue their family’s legacy. They agreed to a bargain sale and worked with Landmark Conservancy to raise grant funds and donations from many local residents. Today, the property is owned by Bayfield County and open to the public for non-motorized recreation.
“The Siskiwit River Preserve is a unique and beautiful property,” said Jen Bratsch, Recreation Forester with Bayﬁeld County Forestry and Parks. “Bayﬁeld County is excited for the opportunity to partner with Landmark Conservancy in the preservation and management of such a diverse and ecologically important landscape.”