The Northwoods Land Trust has worked with the Last Wilderness Conservation Association (LWCA) to transfer ownership of 10 properties in the border lakes region of northern Vilas County. LWCA is an all-volunteer land trust that was organized before NWLT started. Their focus has been to primarily protect critical lake properties in the Last Wilderness area in the towns of Presque Isle and Winchester. The property transfers were completed in October.
The protected properties include 191 acres of land with over 9,400 feet (1.8 miles) of natural lake and stream shorelines now owned and managed by the Northwoods Land Trust as nature preserves and other conservation areas. Included among these sites is the entire shoreline of Genevieve Lake (pictured), a true “wild lake.” Also included is a second parcel adjacent to the Van Vliet Conservation Area which was donated to NWLT in 2017 and dedicated in June.
Four more conservation easements and three grants of development rights are currently in the process of being assigned from LWCA to the Northwoods Land Trust to ensure their perpetual protection. Our thanks to the Board of Directors and volunteers from the Last Wilderness Conservation Association for all of their work over the years to protect these scenic natural resources!