Mission: The mission of the west wisconsin land trust, inc. Is to preserve western wisconsin's natural character by informing, facilitating, and partnering with private landowners, communities, and local governments to protect valuable land.
Programs: West wisconsin land trust is a private, nonprofit, regional land trust in western wisconsin. Founded as the wisconsin farmland conservancy in 1988, our initial intent was to slow the loss of farms and farmland. In 1996 our mission expanded to include the conservation of all types of natural areas, including forests, wetlands, rivers and lakeshores, bluffs and prairies. In 2002, we officially changed our name to west wisconsin land trust. Through the generosity of our members, and collaboration with local and regional partners, west wisconsin land trust conserves, restores and manages land with high conservation value. Our mission is to preserve western wisconsin's natural character in our 18 county service area. According to data compiled by the land trust alliance, west wisconsin land trust has protected 1/12th of all the land protected by land trusts in the upper midwest. Our organization monitors and enforces over 20,000 acres of private, permanent conservation agreements (easements), ensuring compliance in perpetuity and maintaining relations with 191 private landowners. Also in our portfolio are seven different preserves, owned by us, totaling approximately 492 acres. Preserves are managed directly by our staff and typically include public access. We have also played a key role in the protection of an additional 10,000 acres in our service area through collaboration with government entities and other non-profit organizations.
West Wisconsin Land Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means West Wisconsin Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. West Wisconsin Land Trust 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.