Get your tickets for our 2020 Annual Meeting today.

This event is on  Wednesday, March 11, 2020  from  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  at the  Delafield Hotel.  We will celebrate our 2019 successes, offer a look into our conservation plans for the year ahead, and hear from Waukesha County Parks and Land Use Conservation Biologist, Julie Robson on "Catalyzing Change Through Community-Based Conservation."

Last year's event  SOLD OUT , so make sure to reserve your seat as soon as possible. The deadline to register is Friday, February 28, 2020.
Combining Forces with
Muskego Lakes Land Conservancy
The ultimate partnership - as two great organizations come together as one

We are pleased to announce that we have combined forces with Muskego Lakes Land Conservancy, uniting under the Waukesha County Land Conservancy name. Both organizations will be made more effective by this merger, which will eliminate duplicate effort, maximize the impact of donations, and leverage a more efficient economy of scale.

Management of Muskego Lakes Land Conservancy’s four protected properties—Calhoun Creek Prairie, Mill Valley, Linnie Lac Marsh, and Calhoun Creek Preserve— is now Waukesha County Land Conservancy’s responsibility, along with activating volunteers to steward and care for this land.

Our story was recently published on A Wealth of Nature! Click here to learn more.
Wetland Monitoring on our Preserves
Citizen science in action

One of our large focuses this year is to learn more about the wildlife calling our preserves home. This helps us to form land management plans with a more holistic view of the land and water we are protecting.

This will be our third year partnering with Waukesha County Parks to monitor wetlands on four WCLC properties: Weiland Preserve , Martin's Woods State Natural Area , Tamarack Swamp Preserve , and Nelson's Woods .

So far, we've discovered species like blue spotted salamanders, spring peepers, predaceous diving beetles, treefrogs, blanding's turtle, muskrats, and so many more!

This spring, we will collect even more data across these same wetland areas with the help of citizen scientists. All monitoring data will be incorporated into restoration efforts and utilized in adaptive management planning and conservation plan development.
We are working on adding to our Wildlife Monitoring program! Stay tuned for more information on how you can help us track bumble bee and bat populations on our preserves this year! More information coming in April 2020.
Join Our Team
2020 Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon

The Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon is an annual fundraiser where the community comes together to protect the woodlands of their neighborhoods by forming teams to pull this invasive plant.

Our natural areas need your help to avoid the damage that invasives cause!

Support our team by sponsoring our efforts or joining us for an upcoming pull-a-thon workday.

By sponsoring our efforts or joining a workday, your impact is:
  • Raising funds for WCLC and SEWISC’s regional efforts
  • Promoting control and proper disposal of garlic mustard in parks and natural areas
  • Increasing public awareness of invasive species
  • Sharing control methods and best management practices with landowners and managers
  • Strengthening camaraderie and local volunteer efforts
  • Engaging in an exciting, regional competition with press coverage opportunities
Prescribed Burns in Oak Communities
Why do we use fire?
Fire has always been part of the environment and plays a vital role in maintaining certain ecosystems. Prescribed burns refer to the controlled application of fire by a team of fire experts under specified weather conditions that helps restore health to ecosystems that depend on fire.

Oak communities require a periodic disturbance to stabilize, in the form of fire, to maintain their structure and diversity. Fire manages weeds, removes invasive plants, and recycles nutrients back to the soil, which leads to more desirable plant growth in the future.

When we use this technique, the burn timing is completely dependent upon wind and weather conditions, and the final dates are chosen by our team of fire experts!

Become a member today to help save oak ecosystems in Waukesha County, and check out the workday calendar, below, for hands-on opportunities to get involved.
Become a Land Steward
Spring Workday Calendar

Workdays are one of the main ways volunteers help us steward some of the most untouched lands in Waukesha County. Our Spring workdays occur between May and June at various properties across the county.

These opportunities are a great way to have fun outdoors while learning something new and making a difference in conservation. Join us!

Click here to see the full workday schedule.

RSVP by filling out our quick online form.

We hope to see you in the field!
Conservation Options for Landowners
Protect the land you love

Protecting your land for future generations can be deeply meaningful. It’s also a big decision. If you have ever considered wanting to protect your land, but are unsure on where to start, please reach out to us .

We are happy to discuss conservation and stewardship options that may be available for your property. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Make a Difference Today
Do you want to get involved and make an impact in our work?

There are many ways you can help us fulfill our mission of protecting and caring for environmentally significant land and water in Waukesha County for future generations:

Thank You to our
2020 Annual Meeting
Business Partner Sponsor