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The mission of Groundswell Conservancy is to protect special places, forever.

Our vision is a world filled with green places where communities thrive.

Groundswell Conservancy's core values are based in our dedication to protect our lands and water now for future generations. They are convictions deeply held by our board and staff and practiced in our conservation efforts. To accomplish our goals, we believe in four core values:

  • Conservation:  Together we are champions for conservation and know how to get tangible results that benefit the community.
  • Collaboration:  We respect and partner with landowners and people who care about special places.
  • Connectedness:  We believe that when people are connected to land and water they will protect it.
  • Commitment:  We have the tenacity to overcome obstacles and follow through on our commitments.

Groundswell is a results-oriented organization. Since our inception in 1983 (originally as the Dane County Natural Heritage Foundation and later as Natural Heritage Land Trust), we have protected hundreds of special places. View a map of the lands we have protected forever.

Groundswell is one of 50+ land trusts in Wisconsin. 

What we do
A land trust is a nonprofit, community-based organization that conserves land by permanently protecting land — primarily through the purchase or acceptance of donations of land or conservation easements.

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What is the difference between Gathering Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts and Groundswell Conservancy?

  • Groundswell Conservancy is a local land trust for Dane County and surrounding regions. Gathering Waters is Wisconsin's Alliance for land trusts, a statewide organization supporting land trusts.
  • Groundswell Conservancy permanently protects cherished land. Gathering Waters gives land trusts the tools to protect cherished land. 

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