A Strong Year,
A Compelling Future!
Dear ,

Thank you for caring about land conservation in Waukesha County. It's my pleasure to share our 2017 Annual Report, which highlights everything you have helped us accomplish.
As we move to 2018, we will begin to implement our new strategic plan. A few key goals as we look to the future are to protect 4,000 total acres by 2022 and to care for and restore our preserves. This will be accomplished with people like you! Along with your support, expanding and diversifying our board, committees, staff, partners, and volunteers, you will continue to be a key to our success.
Please consider volunteering or helping on a committee. We need people to help in all areas of the organization like land stewardship and planning, natural sciences, wildlife biology, and forestry. In addition, we are looking for help with information technology, finance, database management, marketing, and fundraising. Call or email me if you are interested in helping.
Enjoy reading about your impact. Again, thank you!

Cheryl White
Executive Director

P.S. Please consider a year end donation to help protect and care for our precious land and water.
25th Anniversary Celebration Photos & Booklet
Are Here to Enjoy!
Thank you Jim and Karen Hyde for hosting our 25th Anniversary Celebration. It was a wonderful event with great people and conversation in a beautiful setting.

We honored Donna Meyer and Marlin Johnson for their incredible impact and commitment to land conservation and our community. We shared our 25 Years of Land Protection booklet that showed the impact of everyone's support and hard work over our 25 years.

We also must thank Samantha Stearns Foster for taking photos of the event and our wonderful sponsors.
WCLC Receives $886,000 Grant to Restore Davis Preserve
on the Mukwonago River
WCLC secured an $886,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to restore the 52-acre Davis Property from farmland to a high-functioning wetland. The grant includes a $300,000 endowment for long term stewardship to ensure the wetland is perpetually maintained.

The restoration project will have positive, local, ecological impacts. The Mukwonago River, a Wisconsin biological gem, is home to over 50 species of fish, including the threatened longear sunfish, and 16 species of mussels, including the endangered rainbow shell.

WCLC received the grant not only because of the ecological impact, but because of the strong team of partners assembled to deliver the project. The Nature Conservancy, a WCLC partner, brings a strong scientific approach to the project along with other recognized wetland experts.
WCLC's Service Learning Program Builds Skills, Work Ethic, and Delivers Significant Results!
Our Service Learning Program is a key element of our Capacity Building Program to protect and to care for more land. We are able to accomplish this by partnering with schools across the state, like UW- Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, Carroll University, Northland College, and a variety of high schools around the area.

Over the past two years, we have had over 60 interns to help with everything form marketing to stewardship & restoration to information technology.

I want to thank Greg Bisbee, Arrowhead HS, and UW-M students for helping at our recent workday at Hartland Marsh. Over 35 students helped with invasive plant removal to care for this rare oak woodland in the heart of the village.

If you have a group that wants to help care for one of our preserves,
 please contact us at 262-875-3070.
WCLC is Looking For Volunteers to Monitor Protected Properties!
Are you knowledgeable about native plants, land stewardship, and other natural sciences or do you want to learn about them? Consider volunteering to become a protected property monitor!

It's a great opportunity to enjoy nature, meet other conservation minded people, learn a mapping app, and practice plant identification! Of course, we will provide hands on training.

If you are interested in learning more about this and other volunteer opportunities, please call the office or email Meghan Wersel, WCLC's Conservation Manager.
Carol & Tom Ehrsam
   Faye Gehl Conservation Foundation
Shawn Graff & Cheryl White
Good Tree Service Company