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.


 We’ve Moved!

NWLTBuilding1-2015The 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.  We still have lots of projects that we can use help with – including staining and painting the exterior.  We will also be remodeling the front section of the building starting this spring, 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, demolition or other projects.


Governor’s Budget threatens Stewardship Fund

On January 30th, the Northwoods Land Trust submitted our first grant application to the Knowles-Nelson
Stewardship program for a February 2nd grant deadline. On February 3rd, Governor Walker proposed freezing the Stewardship Program’s budget until 2028. Interstate FallsSummerHis budget proposal threatens not only our project, but the protection of critical land, forest and water resources long into the future. Everyone who is interested in public access for hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, birding or just enjoying natural scenic beauty should be deeply concerned about this proposal.

Interstate Falls is a popular 18-foot waterfall on the Montreal River which forms the border between Wisconsin and Michigan. The parcel NWLT hopes to purchase 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. Check out pages 6 and 7 in the Spring 2015 Newsletter for more information on the Stewardship Fund!


Volunteer Easement Monitor Training Set

2014AnnualMeeting&CrawlingStoneDed 057The Northwoods Land Trust will hold its 2015 conservation easement volunteer monitor training on Saturday, May 9th at the Crawling Stone Woods property in Lac du Flambeau. The session will start at 10 a.m. and will include a free picnic lunch at noon. With over 75 properties that NWLT either owns or holds a conservation easement on, we have lots of great sites that can use visits by monitoring volunteers.  This is a great opportunity to get out on some unique private lands in the northwoods.

We invite and welcome any new volunteers to the training who would be willing to help with these annual site visits.  Please contact Trisha or Bryan at (715) 479-2490 if you are interested in participating in the training.

Please visit our NWLT-owned Properties page to see a map of this new conservation area.


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.