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Permanently Protected Lands

This is a complete list, in order by project area, of all lands permanently protected by Groundswell. See our interactive map for locations.

Allen Creek Wetlands State Natural Area

 

Werling Addition, 2012.

This 16-acre acquisition at Allen Creek Wetlands State Natural Area protects sedge meadow and savanna habitat.

Amey Pond Wildlife Area

 

Bruss Addition, 2012.

This property was the last 10 acres of privately owned shoreland at the Amey Pond Wildlife Refuge on Highway 23 east of the Wisconsin Dells. Amey Pond is a 225-acre DNR wildlife property that provides habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl, including wood ducks, coots, and mallards; every spring white pelicans spend a few days on Amey Pond on their way north.

Anthony Branch Fishery and Wildlife Area

DKR-Rutland LLC Conservation Easement, 2011.

Thanks to the generosity of the landowner, this 181-acre farm, which includes the springs at the headwaters of Anthony Branch, is permanently protected by a conservation easement. The farm is adjacent to the Anthony Branch Fishery and Wildlife Area.

Avon Bottoms State Wildlife Area


Lakin Trust Addition, 2006.

This 349-acre property was restored through the NRCS Wetland Reserve Program. The Land Trust transferred it to the Department of Natural Resources for public hunting, hiking, and other activities as part of the Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area in Rock County.

Matteson Addition, 2012.

This 199-acre property will be restored through the NRCS Wetland Reserve Program. Groundswell transferred it to the Department of Natural Resources for public hunting, hiking, and other activities as part of the Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area in Rock County.

Jensen Addition, 2017.

This 50 acre acquisition is within the boundary of  Avon Bottom's Wildlife Area is completely surrounded by public land. Lowland hardwood forest where southern and northern tree and herbaceous species overlap; oxbows harbor unusual reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Bird life is diverse with blue-gray gnatcatchers, tufted titmice, blue and green winged teal, and wood ducks,including rare species such as yellow-throated (Dendroica dominica), cerulean (Dendroica cerulea), and prothonotary warblers (Protonotaria citrea).

Black Earth Creek Natural Resource Area
 

Pork-n-Pines Agricultural Conservation Easement, 2012.

This ~178 acre farmland conservation easement near Black Earth Creek in the Town of Black Earth protects important farmland and groundwater infiltration area for Black Earth Creek - a world-class trout stream.

Sunnyside Seed Farms Phase I, 2005.

A collaborative project of Dane County, the Town of Middleton, and the Land Trust, this project brought 294 acres of land into Dane County ownership as part of the Black Earth Creek Natural Resource Area. The property includes more than a half-mile of Black Earth Creek and extensive uplands with views of Blue Mounds.

Sunnyside Seed Farms Phase II, 2005.

A collaborative project of Dane County, the Town of Middleton, and the Land Trust, this  project brought 294 acres of land into Dane County ownership as part of the Black Earth Creek Natural Resource Area. The property includes more than a half-mile of Black Earth Creek and extensive uplands with views of Blue Mounds.

Black Earth Creek State Fishery Area

Schoepp Acquisition, 2001.

The Land Trust purchased and, in partnership with the NRCS Wetland Reserve Program, restored 62 acres of wetlands along Garfoot Creek, a major tributary of Black Earth Creek. The property was transferred to the Department of Natural Resources and is open to the public for hunting and other activities.

Zander A Conservation Easement, 2004.

Two conservation easements protect a total of 215 acres of productive agricultural land in the Black Earth Creek Valley.

Zander B Conservation Easement, 2004.

Two conservation easements protect a total of 215 acres of productive agricultural land in the Black Earth Creek Valley.

Black Earth Creek Valley

Allen Conservation Easement, 2017.

This easement protects 116 acres of prime farmland in the heart of the Black Earth Creek valley. Both Black Earth and Garfoot Creeks run through the property. This easement was transferred to us by American Farmland Trust.

Festge Conservation Easement, 2011.

This easement helps protect the scenic view shed from Festge County Park across the Black Earth Creek valley.

St. Louis Properties Acquisition, 2013.

This property was a key link in securing a trail corridor connecting the Village of Mazomanie with the Wisconsin Heights School. The public trail allows hiking, biking, and snowmobiling in the winter. It runs along a beautifully restored section of Black Earth Creek and provides public access to its world-class trout fishery.

Wolf Streambank and Public Trail Easement, 2012. 

The Streambank and Public Recreational Trail Easement protects and provides public access to roughly 6,300 feet of Black Earth Creek, a high-quality water resource in Dane County popular with trout anglers. In 2013 a public bike trail connecting the Village of Mazomanie to the Wisconsin Heights School was constructed within the easement. Funding for the easement came from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and Groundswell members.

Bolz Conservancy Park

Bolz Conservancy Park, 2001.

Thanks to the generosity of the Bolz family this ten-acre hill top park protects sweeping views of Lake Mendota and the state capitol. The Land Trust holds a conservation easement on the park to ensure that it will always remain open to the public as a natural area. In addition, the Land Trust holds two more conservation easements that protect the view from the park.

Southbridge Park Easement, 2001.

Part of the Bolz Conservancy Park project, this 13-acre conservation easement protects public park land and helps preserve the view from Bolz Conservancy Park. This easement was generously donated by the Village of Waunakee.

Tierney Hillside Conservation Easement, 2001.

Thanks to the generosity of developer Don and Joanne Tierney, this five-acre conservation easement is part of the Bolz Conservancy Park project and places height limits on buildings to preserve the view of Lake Mendota and the state capitol from the Bolz Conservancy Park.

Brooklyn State Wildlife Area

Dohm Addition, 2010.

This 75-acre acquisition holds the hydrological key to restoring 800 acres of adjacent wildlife habitat owned by the state, which will benefit trout, shorebirds, and grassland birds like the bobolink.

Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park

Cherokee Park Inc. Wheeler Triangle Addition, 2012. 

This 5.8 acre acquisition was the last opportunity to permanently protect wetland and upland habitat in the South Unit of the City of Madison's Cherokee Marsh Conservation  Park.

Cherokee Park, Inc. East Marsh Addition, 2008.

This ~238-acre addition to the City of Madison Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park protects the large expanse of wetland on the east of North Sherman Avenue along the approach to the main entrance to the popular city conservation park.

Cherokee Park, Inc. Fifth Addition Phase 1 Addition, 2008.

This ~23-acre addition to the City of Madison Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park separates planned residential development on the north side of the golf course at Cherokee Country Club from the popular city conservation park. It protects 660 feet of shoreline on the Yahara River and will eventually include a biking/hiking trail linking Burning Wood Way with North Sherman Avenue.

Cherokee Park, Inc. Fifth Addition Phase 2 Addition, 2010.

This ~23-acre acquisition is the last piece of undeveloped land between the main entrance to the City of Madison Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park and the Cherokee golf course and residential area. Groundswell purchased the property on behalf of the city and immediately transferred it to the city as an addition to the conservation park. Eventually, the city plans to put a bike/hike path across the property, part of a link in a trail system that will improve access to the park.

Potthast Addition, 1991.

The Land Trust purchased this 21-acre wetland parcel and transferred it to the City of Madison as an addition to the City's Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park.

Whiteside Conservation Easement, 1993.

Naomi Whiteside generously donated a conservation easement on 17 acres to preserve woods and fields adjacent to county-owned land at Cherokee Marsh.

Dells of the Wisconsin River State Natural Area

Louis' Bluff Conservation Easement, 2007.

This 133-acre conservation easement preserves a Dells landmark, Louis' Bluff, and more than one mile of undeveloped shoreline on the Wisconsin River.

Empire Prairies State Natural Area 

  

Koltes Addition, 2015.

This 9.7-acre in-holding rejoins the 100-acre property Groundswell acquired from Jim Koltes and his brothers Terry and Butch in 2010. It enables further preservation and protection of another native prairie remnant and provides an exhilarating 360-degree view of an undulating patchwork of prairie, woodland and farm fields.Acquiring these 9.7 acres will enable Groundswell to create new opportunities for educational study, hiking, bird watching, habitat restoration, nature appreciation, and school group outings at Westport Drumlin.

Borke Addition, 2010.
This 30-acre property protects the northern flank of Westport Drumlin, a very high-quality dry prairie and oak savanna remnant that is home to the state's largest population of the federally-threatened and state-endangered prairie bush clover and other rare species.

Carpenter Addition, 2009.

This 73.3 acre property protects the eastern flank of the Westport Drumlin, a very high quality dry prairie and oak savanna remnant that is home to the state's largest population of the federally-threatened and state-endangered prairie bush-clover (Lespedeza leptostachya) and other rare species.

Koltes Addition, 2010.

This addition to the Westport Drumlin State Natural Area protects four prairie remnants and buffers the main prairie and savanna at Westport Drumlin.

Footville Wildlife Area 


Sayre Conservation Easement, 2016.
This 398 acre "dual purpose" conservation easement protecting high-quality agricultural lands and wildlife habitat at Evansville Wildlife Area.

Glacial Habitat Restoration Area

Priske Conservation Easement, 2012.

This ~277 acre farm in the Town of Fountain Prairie, Columbia County hosts a diversity of habitats for grassland birds and waterfowl. The farmers operate a grass-based beef and pork farm with a bed and breakfast and have a deep commitment to sustainable agriculture.

Governor Dodge State Park

Bachner Conservation Easement, 2007.

Thanks to the generosity of the landowner, this 79-acre conservation easement protects an agricultural and forested landscape just outside of Governor Dodge State Park.

Hickory Hill Conservancy Park

Hickory Hill Conservation Easement, 2006.

Thanks to the generosity of three landowners, the Land Trust purchased this 53-acre property at a bargain price and then gave the property to the Village of Cross Plains as an addition to the Village's system of conservancy parks. The Land Trust retained a conservation easement on the property, ensuring that it would always remain open to the public in a natural state.

Historic Indian Agency House

 

National Society of Colonial Dames of America 2014.

Permanently protects the landscape around the Historic Indian Agency House in Portage and is part of a larger landscape of several hundred acres of wetland conservation easements.

Jefferson County Farmland Protection Program


Lea Conservation Easement, 2011.

221-acre farm with very high-quality soils protected by a permanent conservation easement held by Jefferson County.  This easement is the county's first purchase under its farmland preservation program.

Neupert Conservation Easement 2013.

189-acre farm just south of Waterloo protect by an agricultural conservation easement held by Jefferson County. This easement is the county's second purchase under it's farmland preservation program.

Wilke Conservation Easement 2016.

162-acre farm protected by an agricultural conservation easement held by Jefferson County. This easement is the county's third purchase under it's farmland preservation program.

 

John Muir County Park


Eggleston 2014.

This acquisition of 198 acres includes 38 acres of the original 320-acre farm settled by Daniel Muir in 1849. About 60 acres of the Muir farm is already permanently protected at the adjacent John Muir Memorial Park/Muir Park State Natural Area surrounding Ennis Lake (called Fountain Lake by the Muirs). The property will become part of a 1,400-acre protected landscape, which includes the John Muir Memorial Park/Muir Park State Natural Area and the Fox River National Wildlife Refuge. The property will be open to the public for hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing, fishing, trapping, and bird-watching. In the next few years, we will donate the 120 acres west of County Highway F to the US Fish and Wildlife Service as an addition to the Fox River National Wildlife Refuge. And we will donate the eastern 78 acres to the Ice Age Trail Alliance. A segment of the Ice Age Trail circles Ennis Lake and may continue north across the property we acquired. 

Kingsley Bend, Wisconsin River

Kimball Addition, 2009.

This 2.75 acre property protects four Native American burial mounds at the Kingsley Bend Mound Group on the Wisconsin River just south of the Wisconsin Dells.

Kimball 2 Addition, 2011.

This 17 acre property adds an additional buffer of protection to the impressive Ho-Chunk cultural site at the Kingsley Bend Mound Group on the Wisconsin River just south of the Wisconsin Dells.

Lake Belle View Park

Cosgrove Addition, 2013.

In partnership with the Village of Belleville, this acquisition adds 36 acres and nearly 2,000 feet of forested shoreline on the Sugar River to the Village's Lake Belle View park.

Lake Wisconsin

Cave Bluff LLC 2013.

This conservation easement permanently protects from development a beautiful bluff rising above Okee Bay on the Wisconsin River. The 47-acre bluff has two prairie remnants, and a biological inventory turned up about 40 native plant species on the main remnant.

Lodi Marsh State Natural Area

 

Lange Acquisition, 2015

This 25.6 acre piece of wetland is adjacent to the almost 1,200 acres of state land at Lodi Marsh State Natural Area that is open to the public for outdoor recreation. A segment of the Ice Age Trail traverses the east side of the marsh.  We hope to donate this land to the state as an addition to the natural area.

 

Miller Acquisition, 2017

This 59-acre acquisition fills a hole in public ownership at Lodi Marsh Wildlife Area in northern Dane County  and is mostly wetland wildlife habitat.

Lower Mud Lake

 

McLain Conservation Easement, Town of Dunn, 1987.

Thanks to the generosity of the landowner, this donated 13-acre conservation easement protects wetland, savanna, and agricultural land adjacent to Lower Mud Lake on the Yahara River.

Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

Wildt Addition, 2009.

This 40.2 acre parcel of land fills a hole in the 3,500-acre block of conservation land – the largest in Dane County – that stretches 3.5 miles along the Wisconsin River and encompasses state and county land open to the public for hiking, hunting, and other nature-based recreation opportunities. It is adjacent to the 7-A Farms acquisition at Walking Iron Natural Resource Area we helped Dane County protect in 2008. The property was given to the DNR January 2011.

Lower Yahara River


Arnett (Skaalen Farms) Acquisition 2014.

This nearly 40-acre property boasts over a mile of frontage on the Yahara River. The City of Stoughton will use the property as a conservancy park and plans to build a bike trail that will connect through Viking County Park to the city's trail system.

Lussier County Park

Fish Lake Master Project, 1999.

This complex project resulted in the creation of a 140-acre county park, featuring approximately 3,000 feet of shoreline on Fish Lake in northwestern Dane County.

Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area

Meyers North Conservation Easement, 2010.

This agricultural conservation easement, a partnership with the Driftless Area Land Conservancy, permanently protects land in the Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area.

Meyers South Conservation Easement, 2010.

This agricultural conservation easement, a partnership with the Driftless Area Land Conservancy, permanently protects land in the Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area.

Nine Springs E-Way

Schmidt's Orchard Addition, 1988.

The Land Trust and the Friends of Dane County Parks purchased this 24-acre parcel as an addition to the environmental corridor that runs south of Madison. The property was transferred to Dane County for management as part of the E-Way. The Capital City State Trail runs through the property. Click here for more information.

Patrick Marsh Natural Resource Area 

ARG Matey Addition, 2005.

This 23-acre property protects part of the upland landscape on the south side of Patrick Marsh.

Paulson Addition, 2007.

This 22.5-acre property protects part of the upland landscape on the south side of Patrick Marsh.

Stern Addition, 2004.

This 35-acre property protects wetland and savanna habitat on the south side of Patrick Marsh.

Richard A. Grant Park

Clingman Addition, 2003.

The Land Trust made a short-term loan to the Town of Merrimac to allow the Town to purchase eight acres of woods and shoreline for a new town park on Lake Wisconsin in Sauk County.

Story Creek

Cell Conservation Easement, 1993.

This 49-acre conservation easement protects the headwaters of Story Creek which flows through Tipperary Marsh and the Brooklyn Wildlife Area to the south. The easement was generously donated by landowner Charles Cell to protect his "Storybrook Farm" which features several large springs and the oldest brick structure in the town of Oregon.

Token Creek

Pederson Springs, 2002.

This 19-acre property protects a large spring that is an important water source for Token Creek. The Land Trust transferred the property to Dane County Parks to ensure proper management of the property.

Smith Streambank Easement, 1996.

This three-acre streambank easement protects a spring, pond, and 200-foot stretch of Token Creek.

Thomas Conservation Easement, 1993.

This two-acre streambank easement protects a portion of a tributary of Token Creek.

Yngsdahl Acquisition, 2007.

Assisted the Town of Windsor in purchasing 17.3 acre addition to the Town's Token Creek Conservancy by obtaining state and county grants for matching funds.

Town of Dunn Rural Preservation Program

Ace Conservation Easement, 2001.

This 254-acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land.

Bruce Conservation Easement, 2001.

This 143-acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land.

Carley & Dersien Conservation Easement, 2016.

This 56-acre conservation easement in the Town of Dunn protects high-quality farmland and open-space.

Dunn Conservation Easement, 2016.

This 75-acre conservation easement in the Town of Dunn protects high-quality farmland and permanent open-space.

Everson Conservation Easement, 2007.

This 68-acre conservation easement protects farmland and open space in the Lower Mud Lake Natural Resource Area between Lake Kegonsa and Lower Mud Lake. The easement also reserves a corridor for the proposed Lower Yahara River bike and pedestrian trail that would one day link McFarland with points to the south.

Farmland Conservation Easement, 2016.

This 100 acres of prime farmland is part of a more than 2000-acre contiguous block of private and public conservation lands just 4 miles from the capitol.

 

Franklin Conservation Easement, 2002.

This 46-acre conservation easement preserves wildlife habitat and hunting land.

Graber Conservation Easement, 2003.

This 64-acre conservation easement preserves wildlife habitat and hunting land, including approximately 1,900 feet of frontage on the Yahara River.

Greb Conservation Easement, 2016.

This 34-acre conservation easement in the Town of Dunn protects high-quality farmland and permanent open-space protection adjacent to the Hook Lake State Wildlife Area.

Gustrowsky Conservation Easement, 2000.

This 233-acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land.

Gustrowsky NE Conservation Easement, 2005.

This 150-acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land as well as wetland and woodland.

Hawkinson Conservation Easement, 2000.

This 80-acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land and a 15-acre woodland.

Jacob Conservation Easement (Original), 1999.

This 198-acre conservation easement protects productive agricultural land, 30 acres of wetland, 20 acres of woodland, and several archeological sites.

JMS Conservation Easement, 2005.

This 162-acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land.

Kramper Conservation Easement, 2001.

This 324-acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land and a wetland.

Lalor Conservation Easement, 1999.

This 150- acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land as well as 20 acres of wetland and 26 acres of woodland.

Lalor Trust Conservation Easement, 2011.

This 38-acre conservation easement in the Town of Dunn provides additional protection for the Waubesa Wetlands State Natural Area and preserves the scenic views along the designated rustic Lalor Road.

Ledin Conservation Easement, 2004.

This 66-acre conservation easement protects wildlife habitat.

Madison Retriever Club Conservation Easement, 2009.

This 20.5 acre conservation easement prohibits residential development on the shore of  Hook Lake, a state natural area and wildlife area.

Oak Grove Conservation Easement, 2017.

This is a partner project with the Town of Dunn's Rural Preservation Program. The project protects 30 acres prime farmland and restored prairie in the Town of Dunn.

Outhouse Conservation Easement, 2007.

This 96-acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land.

Parisi Conservation Easement, 2017.

A ~91-acre farm in the Town of Dunn protected as part of the town's Rural Preservation Program.

Schneider East Conservation Easement, 2005.

This 60-acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land.

Schneider West Conservation Easement, 2005.

This 106-acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land.

Severson Conservation Easement, 2012.

This easement protects an 80-acre working farm on the north shore of Hook Lake - one of the highest quality wetlands in Dane County and a State Natural and Wildlife Area.

Sinaiko Acquisition, 1997.

This complex, 238-acre acquisition created the first protected farmland in the Town of Dunn's Rural Preservation Program (the first in the state) and added to the Nine Springs E-Way along the Captial City Trail.

Swalheim Conservation Easement (Original), 2002.

This 130-acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land.

Watts Conservation Easement, 1986.

Thanks to the generosity of the landowner, this donated 226-acre conservation easement co-held with the American Farmland Trust protects productive farmland, woods, and wetlands. The donor, Dr. Alice Watts, left 115 acres of the property to the Land Trust in her will, and the proceeds from the sale of the property (permanently protected by the conservation easement) was invested in many Land Trust conservation projects, including Fish Lake/Lussier County Park.

Wick Conservation Easement, 2000.

This 51-acre conservation easement preserves productive agricultural land.

 

Town of Windsor Farmland Protection Program

Treinen, James and Anita Conservation Easement, 2012.

This agricultural conservation easement protects 136 acres of very-high quality soil, and is the second farmland easement completed under the Town of Windsor's Purchase of Development Rights program.

Treinen, Vern and Vicki Conservation Easement, 2010.

This agricultural conservation easement protects 184 acres of very-high quality soil, and is the first easement under the Town of Windsor's Purchase of Development Rights program.

Upper Sugar River
 

Bruce Company, 2013.

Groundswell assisted Dane County in the acquisition of 382 acres of land along 2-1/2 miles of the Sugar River between Verona and Paoli; the property will be open to the public for hiking, fishing, hunting, trapping, and cross-county skiing.

UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve

Lower Eagle Heights Woods Conservation Easement, 1984.

This eight-acre conservation easement protects wooded land along Lake Mendota that is part of the University of Wisconsin’s Lakeshore Nature Preserve. This easement was generously donated to the Land Trust as part of the adjacent Wally Bauman Woods project.

Wally Bauman Woods Conservation Easement, 1984.

The inaugural project of the Land Trust, it protects 3.4 acres of woodland on the bluffs of Lake Mendota. The Land Trust purchased the property and transferred it to the City of Madison which then transferred it to the University of Wisconsin where it is now open to the public as part of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. The Land Trust retains a conservation easement over the property to ensure that it will never be developed.

Vermont Creek

Johnson Streambank Easement, 2010.

This streambank easement provides permanent public access to roughly 4,128 feet of Vermont Creek - a picturesque trout stream and important tributary of Black Earth Creek.

Parrell Streambank Easement, 2010.

This streambank easement provides permanent public access to roughly 3,000 feet of Vermont Creek - a picturesque trout stream and important tributary of Black Earth Creek.

Walking Iron Natural Resources Area

 

7-A Farms Addition, 2008

This 869.7 acre acquisition was made in partnrship with Dane County, to protect and restore wildlife habitat linking Walking Iron County Park with Mazomanie Wildlife Area.Transferred to Dane County 2009.


Waubesa Wetlands State Natural Area

Anderson Addition, 2012.
This 39-acre property is a mixture of upland forest and wetlands along the shore of Lake Waubesa. It is adjacent to the Waubesa Wetlands State Natural Area and will be be given to Dane County for long-term management. 

  

Wilke Prairie Preserve

 

Wilke First Addition, 1994.
Thanks to the generosity of landowner Hazel Knudson, this 40-acre nature preserve, including prairie, wetland, and a tributary of Six Mile Creek, is open to the public north of the Village of Waunakee.
 

Wilke Second Addition, 1997.

Thanks to the generosity of landowner Hazel Knudson, this 40-acre nature preserve, including prairie, wetland, and a tributary of Six Mile Creek, is open to the public north of the Village of Waunakee.

*Dane County now manages the Wilke Preserve as part of a larger wetland area. 
 

Wisconsin River

Cave Bluff LLC 2013.

This conservation easement permanently protects from development a beautiful bluff rising above Okee Bay on the Wisconsin River. The 47-acre bluff has two prairie remnants, and a biological inventory turned up about 40 native plant species on the main remnant.

Merrill Conservation Easement, 2009.

In family hands for 80 years, this 19.5 acre bluff rises 160 feet above a heavily-used section of the Wisconsin River. Development on “Wildcat Bluff” is permanently restricted to protect its beauty. The landowners sold the conservation easement at a generous discount.

Roark Conservation Easement, 2004.

This 21-acre conservation easement protects approximately 4000 feet of undeveloped shoreline, including important fish habitat, on Lake Wisconsin in Columbia County.

Unspecified 

   

Green County Conservation Easement, 2015.

This 252 acre conservation easement covering pasture, prairie and savanna, generously donated by the landowners, permanently protects a 5,000 foot stretch of Hefty Creek, a Class II trout stream.

Ebeneezer Brigham Conservation Easement, 2004.

This 26-acre conservation easement protects a significant part of the setting for Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark, an important local business.

Evenson's Woods Conservation Easement, 1985.

Thanks to the generosity of the Evenson family, this seven-acre beautifully wooded hillside (called "Trillium Hill") was protected through the donation of land. The Land Trust sold the property to raise funds for additional conservation work but retained a conservation easement on the property, ensuring that it will be permanently protected.

Glass Conservation Easement, 2007.

Thanks to the generosity of the landowners, this 290-acre conservation easement protects a forested ridge and valley landscape along Sneed Creek.

Hayward-D'Alessio Conservation Easement, 1995.

Thanks to the generosity of landowners Julie Hayward and Donn D'Alessio, this 77-acre diverse property, including oak savanna, wetland, prairie, and a portion of German Valley Creek, is protected by a conservation easement.

Trewartha Conservation Easement, 2003.

This 169-acre conservation easement, generously donated by the landowner, preserves productive farmland, savanna and prairie remnants, and important grassland bird habitat north of Dodgeville.

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