The Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) promotes conservation by private landowners for natural shorelands, woodlands, wetlands and other natural resources, as public benefits for present and future generations in Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Florence, Iron and Price Counties and the surrounding region.
Free Guided Snowshoe Hike at Holmboe Forest near Rhinelander
Join us Thursday, March 9 at 2:30 pm for a free snowshoe hike (or just a hike) at the Holmboe Conifer Forest located on the Pelican River, just south of Rhinelander. The 1/2-mile hike led by Sandy Lotto, NWLT Outreach Coordinator, will focus on tree identification for all ages as a family-friendly event. Dress for the weather and bring personal hiking supplies (water bottle, camera, etc.) and snowshoes, if needed. This 32-acre tract has beautiful trails that wind through “old growth” hemlocks, white pines and red pines. It was donated by the Holmboe family to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 1965, then TNC donated it to the Northwoods Land Trust in 2007. The Holmboe Forest is also a State Natural Area, so special rules apply, the main one being no pets allowed, even on leash, except for seeing-eye dogs. This is a free, public event but please RSVP to the NWLT office at (715) 479-2490 or email: email@example.com by Tuesday, March 7. We will have light snacks and maps/information available about the other five NWLT-acquired properties in the northwoods that are open to the public for hiking and snowshoeing.
New Lac du Flambeau Wildlife Conservation Area Open to the Public
In September, the Northwoods Land Trust received an outright donation of a 96-acre parcel of land in the Town of Lac du Flambeau, Vilas County. The property is exceptional wildlife habitat with about 1.3 miles of natural shoreline on Koernet Creek, which is currently dammed into a large beaver pond wetland, and is home to nesting swans and other waterfowl. Upland forested acreage will continue to be managed for productive timber and pulpwood under the state’s Managed Forest Law program. The property is adjacent to Lac du Flambeau tribal lands which are also managed for forest products and wildlife habitat. About 2/3rds of a mile of trails are maintained in two loops. This site is open for hiking, snowshoeing, ungroomed cross country skiing and hunting. Directions to the LDF Conservation Area: From Minocqua, take Hwy. 70 west about 13 miles. Turn south on East Squaw Lake Road and follow for about a mile. Turn right onto North Squaw Lake Road and follow about 300 feet to the access trail near the southeast corner of the property.
Interstate Falls Donated to the Town of Kimball on June 25th
More than 50 people attended the official dedication of the Interstate Falls property on Sat., June 25th, where NWLT donated the deed to the property to the local township, ensuring public access to the site for generations to come.
For 58 years the previous owners, Don and Nancy Siebert, allowed the public to hike on their property and view the falls. In honor of them, the “Interstate Falls” sign also calls it the “Siebert Scenic Conservation Area”. An added plus to the day, we did a new conservation easement signing which allowed us to reach new milestones of 11,000 acres and 57 miles of shoreline protected since 2001! (More details below.)
Interstate Falls is a popular 18-foot waterfall on the Montreal River which forms the border between Wisconsin and Michigan. The parcel NWLT purchased includes about 38 acres of scenic mixed forest and about 2,500 feet of natural shoreline frontage on the Montreal River, a Class II trout stream. Our sincere thanks to the following foundations for their critical funding support to match the state Stewardship Fund grant: Caerus Foundation, James E. Dutton Foundation, John C. Bock Foundation, James & Jane Watermolen Foundation and the Modestus Bauer Foundation.
Directions to Interstate Falls: Look for the sign (pictured above) just west of the intersection of Hwy. 2 and 51 (near Hurley, WI), to find a new parking area and signs to the 1/3 mile trail to the falls.
NWLT reaches 11,000-acre milestone!
With the recording of our 76th conservation easement donation at our Annual Meeting on June 25th, the Northwoods Land Trust reached a major milestone for any land trust – conserving over 11,000 acres of land. The latest conservation easement was granted by James and Joy Perry on 99 acres in Iron County which includes 625 feet of frontage along the Potato River and 1.25 miles of shoreline on Barr Creek in the Town of Gurney. Our thanks to James and Joy for making this commitment to conservation for all future generations!
Stop in and Visit
The Northwoods Land Trust office building is located at 519 E. Wall Street, just one block east of the post office in downtown Eagle River. After 11 years being hosted by Reach & Schwaiger CPAs (Mary Schwaiger is our Board President), NWLT acquired our own building – the former Christmas House store. Many thanks to the volunteers who worked hard to help us clean up and paint the interior, and staining and painting the exterior.
We are currently working to add interactive interpretive exhibits to the front meeting room so the building can be opened as a visitor center. Our goal is to keep the facility flexible for meetings, public programs and also to use to educate visitors about NWLT’s mission and the voluntary conservation tools we use to conserve the northwoods for future generations.
Voluntary Land Conservation
Voluntary Conservation by Private Landowners can:
- Preserve Natural Shorelands
- Protect Critical Natural Areas
- Promote Sustainable Forest Management
- Conserve Natural Habitat
- Enhance Recreational Opportunities
- Provide for Lasting Enjoyment by Future Generations
The Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) is a non-profit, tax-exempt conservation organization headquartered in Eagle River, Wisconsin. We work with property owners who care about their land so much that they want to see it protected long into the future. The Northwoods Land Trust is a Wisconsin Land Trust of the Year Award Recipient!
NWLT encourages and accepts conservation easements on property with natural or scenic resource values. After a voluntary land protection agreement (conservation easement) is granted, the land trust provides long-term stewardship of the protected land so the resource values are preserved in accordance with the landowner’s wishes.
Now more than ever, we need your participation to help protect our beautiful northwoods.
Please contact us at Northwoods Land Trust, P.O. Box 321, Eagle River, WI 54521-0321, (715) 479-2490, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Please note: due to sensitive spam filters on our email host server, please give us a call if you’ve emailed a question and have not heard back from us within a few days.)
PICKEREL LAKE LOT: 100-foot Lot on Pickerel Lake FOR SALE by NWLT! Sale of this lake lot will support NWLT’s northwoods conservation efforts. Asking price is just $109,000. The lot features a west-facing sunset view slope on this high quality lake west of Eagle River. The lake bottom is sandy and includes lots of bass and panfish spawning beds!