Our Mission

To preserve lands that protect our waters, landscapes, and natural habitats for this, and future, generations.

About Us

Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust is a non-profit, member-supported organization. We are northeast Wisconsin's only regional land trust, and work in 12 counties to preserve our region's lands, waters, and wildlife. Since our founding in 1996, we have preserved more than 6,000 acres of natural land, including forests, wetlands, and miles of shoreline. This year, we are proud to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

Public Preserves

Visit our Public Preserves page to learn more about the nine preserves that are open to the public and to find directions from your location.


Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust depends on people like you to make a difference to our future. We welcome your ideas, gifts, and enthusiastic support of our work!

Current Office Hours

Dear Friends,


Thank you for protecting the lands, habitat, and scenic areas that make everyone in northeast Wisconsin more vibrant. We hope you’re staying well and happy.

Due to the pandemic, our offices remain closed to outside visitors. Staff continue to work remotely and are in the office intermittently. We can be reached by phone or email at: (920) 738-7265 or newlt@newlt.org.


Meanwhile, if you’re tired of being inside, don’t forget to get outdoors for some fresh air and much-needed change of scenery!  Enjoying the season’s outdoor beauty will keep you feeling healthy and connected, and promises to boost your happiness quotient.


You might even take a walk on one of our public preserves.


The Stroebe Island Marsh Preserve on Butte Des Morts Beach Road in Appleton, has a lovely ½ mile wooded trail and floating platform overlooking the cattail marsh and the Fox River. This time of year, you’ll enjoy its peacefulness. Park along the roadside, or in the Wild Ones parking area, to access the trail.

For now, thanks again for all you do to keep everyone healthy and happy!

Deb Nett

Deborah Nett

Executive Director

  The State of Our Birds

Thank you for joining our 2021 winter program with biologist Craig Thompson, Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  We appreciate Craig's guidance on how our birds are doing, and the chance to learn more about what we can do to help.  


To listen to the program, follow this link to the recording:


To get engaged and do more, here are some recommended resources:


  • Zen Window Shades: www.birdsavers.com; Click on Acopian Bird Savers, including DIY instructions for making the shades.


  • eBird Citizen Science (Cornell Lab of Ornithology): www.eBird.org


  • Merlin Bird ID (app): https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/. You might use both the Merlin app (to identify birds) and the eBird app (to log bird sightings). Both are available on any app store, including the Apple app store.

You can visit these websites to learn more about the other nonprofits working to conserve birds and their habitats:

  • Half-Earth Project

  • WYSS Foundation Campaign for Nature

  • Wisconsin Bird Conservation Partnership

  • Bird Life International, England (Important Bird Areas)

  • National Audubon Society


Thank you again for helping to protect our birds and the habitat they depend on.

In the News: A New Public Preserve



In honor of Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust announced the acquisition of a piece of land destined to become a natural preserve. Wequiock Creek Natural Area in the Town of Scott, Brown County.

The 73-acre Wequiock Creek Natural Area is off Nicolet Drive in the Town of Scott, near the Bay of Green Bay.

Since 1996, Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust has carried forth a mission to acquire and protect pieces of property it considers gems.

"We've protected over 50 properties, and that comprises about 6,000 acres of land all throughout Northeast Wisconsin," says Deborah Nett, Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust executive director.

See the full article, here.

Preserve Hunting Rules

NEWLT recognizes hunting as an important wildlife management tool. The excise tax dollars generated from the sale of guns, ammunition, and outdoor equipment has benefited natural habitats for all wildlife species. Hunters play an important role as conservation partners with NEWLT through aiding in controlling the populations of white-tailed deer and turkeys.


Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust Earns National Recognition

In July 2017, Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust joined a network of 389 accredited land trusts nationally that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.

Accreditation demonstrates NEWLT’s commitment to permanent land conservation in northeast Wisconsin.

- Accredited land trusts now steward nearly 80% of conservation lands and easements held by all land trusts.

- Accredited land trusts protected five times more land from 2010 to 2015 than land trusts that were not yet accredited.

- Accredited land trusts have stronger internal systems and greater resources to steward their conservation lands forever.

- As a result of these standards, the public’s trust in land conservation has increased--helping to win support for federal, state, and local conservation funding measures.

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