A New Conservation Easement Protects Stream and Forest in Southern Door
While “looking for a campground” Ann and John Bladholm discovered a 40-acre
woodland nestled along Claybanks Creek in Southern Door County. There, John and
Ann would spend many years, loving the land and exposing their children and
countless guests to the wonders of nature. In an effort to protect the land’s
precious natural state and to honor its historic integrity, John and Ann donated
a conservation easement to Door County Land Trust. “The Bladholms are habitat
heroes,” said Tom Clay, Door County Land Trust Executive Director. “They loved
and nurtured their land for more than a half century and now they have protected
that same parcel for centuries to come,” Clay said.
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the Gift of Land
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County Land Trust Gift Membership!
When you give a gift membership, your friend or family member joins a group
of people who cherish and care for Door County’s exceptional lands and waters.
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Leaving a Legacy of Land
There are fewer and fewer places like Door County in the world. We have an
opportunity and an obligation to future generations to identify, protect and
care for Door County’s exceptional lands and waters. Including the Door County
Land Trust in your estate plans creates a lasting legacy.
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Door County Land Trust Earns Accreditation Seal of Approval
our inception in 1986, the community has come to trust the Door County Land
Trust to protect the county's exceptional land and waters...forever. We have
worked closely with landowners, elected officials and conservation partners, and
the community to create a lasting legacy of protected lands for the plants,
animals and people who live here.
The Land Trust is poised for success with the much anticipated arrival of new
Executive Director, Tom Clay. (Read more below.) But, we have even more
good news! We are pleased to announce that the Door County Land Trust has
achieved accreditation - a mark of distinction in land conservation. The
nationally-recognized Land Trust Accreditation Commission awards accreditation
to land trusts that meet standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and
ensure that their conservation efforts are permanent.
Cathy Fiorato, secretary of the Door County Land Trust board of directors and
leader of the accreditation application process says, "Our mission statement is
a promise: 'To protect Door County's exceptional lands and waters forever,' and
as an accredited land trust we are confident that we can keep that promise to
our community, our conservation partners, and our donors." Earning the seal of
accreditation is a validation of the strength of the Door County Land Trust's
work since 1986 and an assurance that future work will uphold the same high
The seal of accreditation is a symbol of the high standards the Door County
Land Trust has achieved. Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission
says, "Accredited land trusts stand together, united behind strong ethical
standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. This
network of land trusts has demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong
organizational leadership and lasting stewardship of conservation land."
next exciting development during our 30th anniversary year will be the arrival
in mid-September of Tom Clay as our new Executive Director. Tom joins us in a
year when we expect to complete land acquisitions permanently protecting 313
acres, the planting of over 1800 trees at three nature preserves, invasive plant
removal on a 140-acre expansion of the largest landscape restoration project in
Land Trust history, and publication of the 30th Anniversary edition of the Door
County Land Trust Hiking Trail Map.
We are pleased to welcome him on September 19 as the Land Trust is poised for
a fantastic future. He will start with a solid foundation of 30 years of land
protection successes and the recognition that accreditation provides that we
have made a significant commitment to promoting conservation excellence and to
safeguarding public trust in land conservation.
Read the Press Release: Door County Land Trust Announces Selection of the New
Upcoming Guided Hikes
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