Land protection can be accomplished in several ways:
Donating land to a land trust is one of the finest legacies anyone can leave their community. Landowners who donate land to a land trust receive an income tax deduction for the full market value of the land. The donation may reduce federal estate tax liabilities and will eliminate the responsibility of property taxes.
A voluntary legal agreement between the landowner and land trust or government agency. It protects the conservation values of a piece of land by permanently limiting its present and future uses. This allows the landowner to retain ownership and use of his/her property and can be established to protect all or part of a property that has significant agricultural, historic, scenic or wildlife habitat resources.
Sometimes, land trusts pay full value for land they consider highly significant and extremely threatened by development. Conservation-minded landowners who use this method to sell their land gain peace of mind knowing it will be protected.
prioritizing environmental significance
Unique, high quality, and/or outstanding natural features
Endangered, threatened, or rare species native to our area
Primary environmental corridors, natural areas, and critical species habitat
Wetlands, waterways, and bodies of water
Outstanding scenic value
Buffer areas to conservancy preserves of publicly owned land
caring for land & Water
We rely on our staff, board, volunteers, and contractors to steward the land through:
Burns are critical to maintaining lowland and wet prairies, savanna vegetation, sedge meadows, and marshes
Major brush control (forestry mowing, hand-cutting, herbicide)
Invasive species removal (spraying, pulling, etc.)
What You Can Do
There are countless ways you can help protect land and water. You can make a donation (however big or small), join our fundraiser events, or volunteer your time to steward one of our beautiful properties.
Be part of a passionate community of people determined to transform nature’s future. Your donation helps fund our mission and the most urgent on-the-ground conservation efforts to protect and restore our beautiful land, water, and wildlife. As a Waukesha County Land Conservancy member, you can make a difference in the community and know you are doing your part for our planet.
BY BECOMING A SPONSOR you will have the opportunity to showcase that your company is making a difference in our environment and in the communities you serve - the places your customers and employees live, work, and play!
BUSINESSES WILL BENEFIT BY creating a culture of supporting important environmental work and receiving valuable publicity for their efforts on our social media platforms, website, newsletter and bimonthly eNews.
The Waukesha County Land Conservancy’s Sponsorship Program is a great way for local businesses and individuals to give back to their community while helping us maintain the natural beauty, ecological integrity, and safe access to our preserves.
To reach our goals, the Waukesha County Land Conservancy depends on relationships with a variety of like-minded partners including agencies, institutions, local businesses and corporations. These relationships are vital to our work and success.
Connect with Nature
work alongside conservancy staff, partners and other volunteers to care for nature, and discover unique events, tours and activities in our community.
Volunteers are needed for stewardship, preserve monitoring, wildlife monitoring, photography, education & outreach, and more.
Some opportunities might include: removing invasive plants; conducting species inventories; annual preserve monitoring; hosting information tables for events; and nature/special event photography.
Waukesha County Land Conservancy's Adopt-A-Preserve program is the official coordination system for generous volunteer efforts to remove invasive species, trash, maintain trails, and sustain land for wildlife and public use spanning over 3,100 acres in Waukesha County. The Adopt-A-Preserve program helps preserve, protect, and care for the environmentally significant lands and waters for our community and generations to come.
WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER ADOPTING-A-PRESERVE?
create healthier and important habitat for local and rare wildlife;
build teamwork and collaboration within groups or businesses;
give back to your community;
fulfill volunteer hours, increase skillsets, and build experience;
explore the county you live or work in;
learn how to be a steward of Wisconsin’s beautiful landscapes and natural communities, to carry into your own yards and landscapes; and,
have fun in nature!
Hunt WCLC Preserves
Our local hunting community has a long tradition of supporting the conservation of the Waukesha County Land Conservancy’s (WCLC) lands and waters. We thank you for your interest in properties owned and managed by WCLC. While some of our properties are open for sporting opportunities, some are closed to hunting due to location, access limitations, or other conditions. In all cases, WCLC considers the biological effects of hunting to ensure the protection of the plants, animals and natural communities. As such, some sensitive habitats are not currently publicly accessible. Every ecosystem must be balanced and with the absence of top predators, this balance is easily skewed. Lack of predation on deer can cause a significant population increase, which impacts forest regeneration. Today, our hunters perform this ecological role by keeping populations in check.
Open preserves for hunting allow ethical-use gun and archery hunting of waterfowl, small game, turkey, big game, and trapping. Any hunters using these preserves must have hunting permits from the Wisconsin DNR and must follow hunting season regulations put forth by state and local governments. Hunters must remain within WCLC boundaries at all times.
WCLC Hunting Lottery
The 2023 Season lottery winners have been chosen.
Check back in spring 2024 for the new application.