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.


“Tour de Conservation” Bike/Hike

NWLTBikeTourPhotoThe Northwoods Land Trust has scheduled a “Tour de Conservation” fun bike ride and field tour on Friday, August 21st. The free public event will start at 1:00 p.m. at the Town Hall parking lot off of County Hwy. B in downtown Land O’ Lakes.

For more details on the event, see the What’s Happening section!


 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!


Interstate Falls still waiting for Stewardship Fund Grant

On January 30th, the Northwoods Land Trust submitted our first grant application to the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program for a February 2nd grant deadline. Since then the Legislature and Governor Walker approved a much-reduced Stewardship Program budget. Interstate FallsSummerThe Stewardship Fund is Wisconsin’s most important funding source for 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 make sure they voice their support for the Stewardship Fund.

The Interstate Falls project is now progressing with reviews by DNR, the local municipality and eventually the Joint Finance Committee. We now hope to be able to close on the purchase before the end of the year. 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. 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.


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.

(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.)


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