Land Trusts

Land Trusts purchase property or conservation easements to protect that land from development. The trust may hold and manage the property or it may choose to transfer it to another organization such as The Nature Conservancy or Ducks Unlimited to own and manage. Land trusts may also choose to transfer ownership and management rights to a governmental unit like the National Fish and Wildlife Service, state Department of Natural Resources, or county park system.

The sporting group Ducks Unlimited has a national land trust called Wetlands America Trust that protects migratory bird habitat.

Name Main Office Location
Baird Creek Preservation Foundation Green Bay, WI
Baraboo Range Preservation Association, Inc. Baraboo, WI
Caledonia Conservancy – An Accredited Land Trust Racine, WI
Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation West Bend, WI
Chippewa County Land Conservancy Chippewa Falls, WI
Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust Hayward, WI
Deer Lake Conservancy Saint Croix Falls, WI
Door County Land Trust Sturgeon Bay, WI
Driftless Area Land Conservancy Dodgeville, WI
Drumlin Area Land Trust Fort Atkinson, WI
Friends of the Madison School Forest Madison, WI
Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts Madison, WI
Geneva Lake Conservancy Fontana, WI
Glacial Lakes Conservancy Sheboygan, WI
Green Lake Conservancy Green Lake, WI
Groundswell Conservancy Madison, WI
Ice Age Trail Alliance Cross Plains, WI
Kettle Moraine Land Trust Elkhorn, WI
Kinnickinnic River Land Trust – An Accredited Land Trust River Falls, WI
Landmark Conservancy, Inc. Menomonie, WI
Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve La Pointe, WI
Madison Audubon Society Madison, WI
Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy Milwaukee, WI
Minnesota Land Trust Saint Paul, MN
Mississippi Valley Conservancy La Crosse, WI
Natural Heritage Land Trust Madison, WI
Natural Land Institute Rockford, IL
North Central Conservancy Trust Stevens Point, WI
Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust Appleton, WI
Northwoods Land Trust, Inc. – An Accredited Land Trust Eagle River, WI
Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Inc. – An Accredited Land Trust West Bend, WI
Ridges Sanctuary, The Baileys Harbor, WI
Seno K/RLT Conservancy Burlington, WI
Southern Wisconsin Land Conservancy Broadhead, WI
Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy Osceola, WI
Star Prairie Land Preservation Trust Star Prairie, WI
Tall Pines Conservancy – An Accredited Land Trust Nashotah, WI
The Prairie Enthusiasts Viroqua, WI
Waukesha County Land Conservancy Brookfield, WI
West Wisconsin Land Trust – An Accredited Land Trust Menomonie, WI