Location: Waupaca County
Area Protected: 68 acres
Protection Strategy: Conservation Easement
We were drawn to this property by the diversity of it habitats and inhabitants. It consists of high oak ridges, lowland marshes and several perched wetlands, a wonderful mix of native tree species, wildflowers and grasses. The Hlaban Tree Farm also provides shelter to a wide variety of native wildlife. The list, which includes mammals, birds, amphibians and insects is extensive and brings us much joy. We want to protect these habitats in order to prevent fragmentation or development.
We feel blessed to have become stewards of this property and be able to protect it in perpetuity. The land will provide us and future stewards the enjoyment of observing nature, a renewable source of energy to heat our home, and forest products which provide income.
We also enjoy the taste and nourishment provided by the wildlife, berries, mushrooms, and maple syrup we harvest. We are delighted to share our property and arrange tours and workshops with groups who are interested in observing and learning more about nature and appreciate the experience.
We have worked with the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust for more than 10 years and learned about protecting land from them. I served on the Land Committee and continue to monitor several properties in the area for NEWLT.
I would encourage anyone who is bothered by the prospect of their lands being divided and/or developed to talk with the folks at Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust and explore the options available to them to protect their property. You don’t have to give your land away or sacrifice any of the elements of land ownership you enjoy. In fact you will find a partner to help you enjoy your land even more.
By: Jim Hlaban