Natural Heritage Land Trust protects natural areas, wildlife habitat, working farms, healthy lakes and streams, and recreation land to provide a high quality of life in the Dane County, Wisconsin region.To accomplish our goals, we:
- Work with interested landowners to protect important conservation lands through land protection agreements called conservation easements. We also buy land to create nature preserves and parks that are open to the public for hiking, hunting, bird-watching and other outdoor activities.
- Monitor and manage protected land.
- Develop and advance land protection strategies.
- Build community understanding of, and support for, our work.
Natural Heritage Land Trust is a results-oriented organization. Since our inception in 1983 (originally as the Dane County Natural Heritage Foundation), we have protected thousands of acres of land. View a map of the lands we have permanently protected.
What is a land trust?
A land trust is a nonprofit, community-based organization that conserves land by permanently protecting land — primarily through the purchase or acceptance of donations of land or conservation easements.
Natural Heritage Land Trust is one of 30+ land trusts in Wisconsin. There are more than 1,700 local and regional land trusts across the nation and a growing number of land trusts operating outside the U.S.
What is the difference between Gathering Waters Conservancy and Natural Heritage Land Trust?
- Natural Heritage Land Trust is a local land trust for the Dane County region. Gathering Waters Conservancy is a statewide organization supporting land trusts.
- The land trust permanently protects cherished land. GWC gives land trusts like us the tools to protect cherished land.
Want to know more about about us? Check out In A Nutshell.