New Land Purchase Doubles Size of Oconto Preserve
In April 2018, Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust celebrated the preservation of an additional 78 acres of land in the City of Oconto (pictured), on the west shore of Green Bay—among the Land Trust’s areas of priority land conservation. The purchase doubled the size of an existing Land Trust preserve in Oconto and added to our overall conservation impacts in the immediate area, especially those that support clean water and wildlife.
The preserve is located 1,000 feet from Lake Michigan and the Oconto River and has multiple hydrologic connections to the bay of Green Bay. The land is critical to maintaining clean water flow into the Bay and provides habitat for fish, waterfowl, and wildlife. It is adjacent to a 234-acre emergent marsh owned by the State, which is managed as a wildlife refuge within the Oconto Marsh Unit of the Green Bay West Shores State Wildlife Area.
A partnership including Ducks Unlimited, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and University of Wisconsin Green Bay has begun an effort to raise funds to enhance the State wildlife refuge, and to restore 25 acres of wetland and create northern pike spawning habitat on the newly acquired Land Trust property.