Places We Protect
Since 1986, the Door County Land Trust has protected over 7,000
acres in almost every corner of Door County. From the northern tip of
Washington Island south to the Door-Kewaunee county line, the lands we
preserve represent the finest open spaces and wild places Door County
has to offer.
In recent years, our land protection efforts have been focused on the
protection of specific sites throughout the county that have been
identified for their ecological importance and scenic beauty.
These "Special Places", as we refer to them, showcase the best
of Door County’s diverse and inspiring natural landscapes. From small
nature sanctuaries hidden within our villages, to miles of scenic open
space along our rural roadways, to thousands of acres of critical
wildlife habitat, these places represent Door County’s irreplaceable
These are the places the Door County Land Trust is committed to
protecting through a variety of strategies including purchase,
acceptance of donations of land or conservation easement agreements, and
partnering with other conservation groups.
While the majority of our efforts are aimed at protecting the lands
within these Special Places, we also partner with landowners
in other parts of Door County to protect properties that have
significant conservation and scenic value. Visit the
Protect Your Land section of this
website for more information about how we work with individual
Although we’ve enjoyed
many conservation successes and have recently surpassed 7,000 acres under
protection, there is still much work to do. We will continue
working to protect these Special Places, but we can’t do it without your help.
Please see Visit our Preserves
for information about Door County Land Trust Preserves,
opportunities for outdoor recreation on lands open to the public, and to
print trail maps and directions.
The Protect Your Land section
of our website explores options for local landowners who want to
plan for the future of their Door County property. You can
download our Guide to Land Protection Strategies here, too.
Or find out about all the ways to
Support Our Work.
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