We are alarmed by Governor Walker’s budget proposal to freeze land purchases through the Knowles Nelson Stewardship Program. As someone who cares about protecting the places that make Wisconsin special, we need your help. Please contact your state legislators and to the governor’s office today to express your concern and share why the Stewardship Program is important for your community.
Land Trust Online Resource LIbrary
We strive to keep a library of resources available at a click to Wisconsin land trusts. Below are documents to download and links to other information useful to land trust boards and staff.
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If you have suggestions about resources your land trust would like to have available here, please let us know. Contact Executive Director Mike Strigel 608-251-9131 x 14 or mike[at]gatheringwaters.org. Thanks!
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♦ Important Documents
♦ Record-keeping Resources
♦ Employee Compensation
♦ Soliciting Funds in Other States
♦ Financial and Amendment Policies
♦ Baseline Resources
♦ Monitoring Resources
Wisconsin-Specific Resources & Documents
Land Trust Governance & Operations
Public Policy Resources:
Soliciting Funds in Other States
Financial and Amendment Policies:
Record policies from other land trusts
· (from Minnesota Land Trust)
· (example from Leelanau Conservancy)
This Wisconsin state program provides matching funds to municipalities or non-profit organizations for the purchase of land or conservation easements. Protection priorities include wildlife habitat, lands with specific ecological value, stream corridors, land for state trails, and the restoration of wetlands and grasslands.
These grants provide state cost sharing assistance for planning, protecting and restoring local river systems. Counties, towns, cities, villages, tribes, and other local government units, as well as non-profit groups and qualified river management organizations are eligible to apply.
The Federal Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP) is administered by the USDA’s and provides matching funds to a state, tribe, local government, or non-profit organization to purchase conservation easements or development rights on working farms and ranches. For more information, see also .
Wisconsin has several types of lake grants available to qualified lake organizations and municipalities. These grants are for the protection and improvement of water quality in lakes and their ecosystems.
A note about what's not on this web page - The Land Trust Alliance's Learning Center is an extensive online library of resources for land trusts. We do not aim to re-create their library. Instead, we've culled information and resources especially helpful or important to land trusts in Wisconsin.
Land Trust Standards and Practices
There are several fundamental elements to running an effective, sustainable land trust organization. The Land Trust Alliance, a national organization which serves the land trust community, has compiled these fundamentals into a guidebook called .
Wisconsin Land Trust Statement of Principles
Nearly all of Wisconsin's land trusts have signed the Wisconsin Land Trust Statement of Principles Resolution, a document which holds us “to dedicate ourselves to the protection of local, regional and statewide natural resources which contribute to the ecological, social and economic well being of our communities.”