NWLT received a donation of a 27-acre property on December 10, 2020 that includes 27 acres of forest and wetland and approximately 2,020 feet of natural shoreline on the South Fork of the Flambeau River in the Town of Fifield in Price County.
Cecelia Rogers, Trustee of the Walter L. and Martha G. Hilgart Trust, along with her three siblings, donated the riverfront parcel to NWLT as a memorial to their late brother Walter “Len” Hilgart who passed away in October of 2016.
The Walter “Len” Hilgart Flambeau River Preserve sits on a bend in the river where the riparian communities include black ash, silver maple and red maple, with an open, shrubby wetland with blue joint grass and alder.
Because the property is only accessible by water, and not by land, NWLT will passively manage it, with a focus on wildlife habitat, protection of the South Fork watershed, and scenic views along the river, and will monitor it annually.
“The Hilgart family has left a fitting legacy for a man that honorably served his country and community. By protecting the land that Len loved, they’ve created a resource for many generations to come,” said Ted Anchor, NWLT Executive Director, who assisted the family with the land donation to NWLT.
The full story will be made available in our late winter/early spring 2021 newsletter.