Mission: The little forks conservancy permanently protects lands with natural and cultural resources that add to the quality of life in our community.
Programs: The conservancy works to perpetually conserve the natural resources of our region through fee simple acquisition or the establishment of conservation easements. In 2016, the conservancy monitored all of the conservation easements held by the organization. No violations were recorded for 2016. The conservancy maintained trails on its four publicly accessible nature preserves. The conservancy provided education of the general public regarding land conservation through direct mail, newsletters, community meetings, social media and our website. The conservancy continued its outreach program called conservation@home to promote conservation actions for homeowners that the conservancy performs on our preserves. The conservancy partnered with the chippewa nature center to host education hikes at the riverview natural area, forestview natural area, szok preserve and the averill preserve. The conservancy currently maintains 34 conservation easements covering over 2,894 acres. The conservancy owns 5 fee simple properties totaling approximately 579 acres, 4 of which are open to the public for low impact recreational use.
Little Forks Conservancy is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Little Forks Conservancy meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Little Forks Conservancy has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.