Join Us

Friends and volunteers are a big part of our work. To find out more about events, workdays, internships, and other volunteer opportunities, contact us.

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.

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.


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!

What is happening during COVID 19

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 during this trying time.


We wanted to let you know that, due to the pandemic, Land Trust offices will be closed to outside visitors until April 6. We will notify you if this date changes. Staff is still available by phone or email if you need to reach us: (920) 738-7265 or


Meanwhile, if you’re tired of being inside, don’t forget to get outdoors and get 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 (aka Guckenberg-Sturm Preserve, pictured, with map), on Butte Des Morts Beach Road in Fox Crossing, 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.


Once things settle, the Land Trust will sponsor a few walks along the marsh and invite you to join us there.


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




Yours in conservation, 

Deb Nett

Earth Day at 50: Gaylord Nelson’s Legacy

By Bill Christofferson


Earth Day, founded by Wisconsin’s own Gaylord Nelson, celebrates its 50th birthday on April 22. 


When Nelson, then a U.S. Senator, proposed an “environmental teach-in” to raise public awareness about environmental issues, he could not have imagined the response it would engender. Twenty million people – then 10 percent of the US population – participated in the first Earth Day in 1970.     Continue Reading

Make Your Own Suet

With this vegetarian version of suet (traditionally it's made from rendered animal fat) you can provide the perfect winter substitute for birds that normally feast on insects. This lipid-rich treat can help prepare year-round residents for the long winter and is quite the draw for birds such as woodpeckers, wrens, chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice. Check out this recipe, inspired by "The Misfit Baker" blog.


• 1 1/2 cups shortening (look for palm oil free options)

• 3/4 cups nut butter (any kind)

• 3 1/2 cups wild bird seed

• 1 cup quick oats

• 1/2 cup corn meal

• Ice cube tray


1. Mix the dry ingredients of bird seed, oats, and corn meal together and set aside.

2. Combine the shortening and nut butter in a separate bowl and melt. Stir until completely combined.

3. Pour the melted mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

4. Spoon mixture into the ice cube tray. 

5. Freeze for one to two hours and place in your suet feeder!

Note: Not recommended for outdoor temperatures above 50 degrees .


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

Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust has 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 have steadily increased and 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 and defend 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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