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Land Trust Community Applauds St. CroixBrule Working Forest Project

May 17, 2012 | Gathering Waters Conservancy | Madison, WI


Contact: Mike Strigel,
Executive Director, Gathering Waters Conservancy
608-333-9495 |


Largest Land Conservation Project in Wisconsin History Completed


MADISON, WI -- Gathering Waters Conservancy today applauded the announcement of the largest land conservation project in Wisconsin history – the St Croix-Brule Working Forest property, which comprises approximately 67,000 acres of working timberland and globally significant Pine Barrens in northwestern Wisconsin.

“This deal highlights the power of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program – helping to support our state’s economy, while protecting important natural resources and providing public access,” said Mike Strigel, Executive Director of Gathering Waters Conservancy, the umbrella organization for Wisconsin’s 50 land trusts. “This project reinforces the Stewardship Program’s enduring bipartisan legacy in Wisconsin.”

Protection of this tract with a working forest conservation easement will conserve wildlife habitat and
enhance water quality by sustaining productive forests at a large scale and preventing forest fragmentation. Containing much of the last remaining unprotected globally-significant Pine Barrens, this property provides critical habitat for several threatened or endangered species.

“The collaboration here between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Lyme Timber and The Conservation Fund represents a public-private partnership that’s only possible because of our state’s investment in the Stewardship Program,” Strigel added.

Additionally, being situated adjacent to several publicly owned and managed conservation lands
including the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Brule River State Forest, Douglas County Forest,
and Bayfield County Forest, this property serves as a significant connector and will permanently stitch
together approximately one million acres of conserved lands creating a contiguous, un-fragmented, diverse habitat that include lakes, streams, open fields comprised of grasses and shrubs, and a variety of natural and planted pine, conifer and hardwood forests.


About Gathering Waters Conservancy

Gathering Waters Conservancy is a statewide land conservation organization founded in 1994 to strengthen Wisconsin’s private non-profit land trusts. Through technical assistance, outreach and public policy advocacy, Gathering Waters helps land trusts, landowners, and communities protect the places that make Wisconsin special.



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