Our Mission

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.


Interstate Falls awarded Stewardship Fund Grant

Interstate FallsWinterPublic Access to the Interstate Falls is now protected thanks to grants from five private family foundations and a matching grant from the Wisconsin Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund program. We were able to close on the purchase on December 16th, 2015.

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.


NWLT reaches 10,000-acre milestone!

IMG_2630With the recording of our 69th conservation easement donation on September 9th, the Northwoods Land Trust has reached a major milestone for any land trust – conserving over 10,000 acres of land. The latest conservation easement was granted by Craig Everts of Bainbridge Island, Washington. The property is a 153-acre scenic woodland tract in the town of Nashville in Forest County. Craig is also currently working with NWLT towards protecting another piece of valuable forest land in Oneida County. Our thanks to Craig for making this commitment to conservation for all future generations!


Cranberry Marsh for Sale

IMG_2790The Sampson Cranberry Marsh in Three Lakes, Wisconsin was gifted to NWLT as a bequest in the owner’s will. The property had been transferred to NWLT with a lease-back agreement for a period of years so the current  operators could continue to manage the marsh. The marsh is now being offered for sale, with the proceeds going to help NWLT continue to conserve other wildlife habitat in the northwoods.

The Sampson Cranberry Marsh is 210 acres and includes 66 acres of cranberry beds. The property also includes a marsh manager’s residence and garage, a large machine shed, heated shop building and other outbuildings. Water is lift-on/gravity flow off with the water source being the high water table and also pull from Thunder Lake.

Purchase options include the buildings and land only, buildings and land with irrigation system only, or as a complete turn-key operation with all equipment. For more information, contact the NWLT office at (715) 479-2490.


 We’ve Moved!


NWLTSign2 - Copy2The Northwoods Land Trust has moved into our new office building at 519 E. Wall Street 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 also to help us move on March 1st.  With lots of additional volunteer help, we are nearly finished staining and painting the exterior. We are also currently in the process of remodeling the front section of the building, so watch out for construction!  Please call 715.479.2490 or email us at nwlt@northwoodslandtrust.org to let us know if you would like to help with painting or other projects.

Check out our remodeling progress in the What’s Happening section!


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!WellensteinHikePhoto

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 nwlt@northwoodslandtrust.org.

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home02FOR SALE: 100-foot Lot on Pickerel Lake FOR SALE by NWLT! Sale of this lake lot will support NWLT’s northwoods conservation efforts.