Door County Land Trust
Founded in 1986, Door County Land Trust is an environment nonprofit focused on land resources conservation. It is a relatively small organization, with $1.7m in revenue and 11 employees.
The door county land trust completed 5 acquisition projects and 2 conservation easement agreements that protect an additional 394 acres of land throughout door county. These projects include contiguous forest and migratory bird habitat on chambers island, forested land in the heart of the gibraltar-ephraim swamp that protects the headwaters of the hidden springs and ephraim creeks which drain into green bay, forests and wetlands within the coastal wetland corridor that is designated as ramsar wetlands of international significance, and wetlands near the niagara escarpment in an area where several rare and threatened species have been identified.
The door county land trust maintained more than 25 miles of trails, hosted 47 volunteer work days and with the help of sturgeon bay high school students and volunteers, planted 2,600 trees and shrubs at the lautenbach woods nature preserve. Annual monitoring was completed for each of our 37 nature preserves and natural areas and each of the 70 conservation easement properties. The door county land trust continued work on the largest restoration project in its history to remove non-native, invasive species on more than 430 acres at the sturgeon bay ship canal and heins creek nature preserves. A multiyear community conservation effort began to control invasive plants at the bay shore blufflands nature preserve and the surrounding neighborhood. New educational signage was installed at six nature preserves.
The door county land trust shared more than 4,100 acres with the public for recreational activities, which were announced through a hiking map (8,000 distributed county wide), newsletters (5,000), website and hiking apps (more than 2,500 downloaded). More than 25 activities were offered on nature preserves, engaging more than 350 participants. Activities included tours to conservation easement protected properties, experiential activities, volunteer activities, field trips for local students, presentations at local events, and educational activities with non-profit organizations including: tree-planting with students, county-wide scavenger hunt, creative writing and storytelling, hikes, photography workshop, migratory bird games for youth, and restoration projects with neighborhood associations.