Big or small, Wisconsin land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 603,714 football fields!
Wisconsin land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
85 years old (1937)
20 years old (2002)
28 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Wisconsin lands, waters and ways of life.
Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.
This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.
Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of Wisconsin's most pressing issues.
Providing access to land for all: In Milwaukee, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust joined with the Fondy Food Center, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and others to benefit neighbors living in Milwaukee's urban center and beyond. The community effort, called Making Allies for Healthier Communities, aspires to conserve land and water, all while giving local farmers and neighbors a helping hand.Read more
Protecting water quality: The Green Bay watershed is one of the largest freshwater estuaries in the world and the source of one-third of the surface water flowing into Lake Michigan. The accredited Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust prioritizes the preservation of important coastal wetlands to protect Lake Michigan’s water quality and abundant wildlife.Read more
Conserving wildlife habitat: The accredited Landmark Conservancy works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect land and waterways along the Amnicon River, which is a valued Lake Superior brook trout stream. This partnership has protected nearly 5,000 acres of fish and wildlife habitat, including a 500-acre camp.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.