Quick StatsOfficial Name: Glacial Lakes Conservancy
Chief Executive: Kenn Buelow
Headquarters: Kohler, WI, USA
Mission: To permanently protect working, urban, and natural lands that contribute significantly to the ecological integrity, agricultural sustainability, scenic beauty and recreational enjoyment of our five counties.
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Language Spoken: English
# Countries Active: USA
Official Website: http://glaciallakes.org
Areas of Focus: Biodiversity, Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, Conservation
Organisation Type: Non-profit corporation
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Glacial Lakes Conservancy
Glacial Lakes Conservancy (GLC) is the local non-profit land trust for Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Kewaunee, Calumet and Fond du Lac Counties in the Lake Michigan, Great Lakes Basin.
As one of the approximately 50 land trusts in Wisconsin (and about 1700 in the U.S.) working for the public interest by protecting natural resources, GLC has been granted a 501 (c)3 charitable status since 1996. That means that donations of cash, conservation easements, IRAs, land, stocks and mutual funds are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Glacial Lakes is committed to permanent land protection through private landowner conservation, stewardship of its preserves and easements, advocacy, and community leadership. GLC’s conservation work is made possible by the generosity of its members and donors and, occasionally, grants.
Private Landowner Conservation: GLC projects most often partner with willing private landowners, using conservation easement agreements that leave land in private ownership while limiting development and protecting important conservation values. The conservation projects must meet the criteria and goals of the organization to qualify. Once in place, GLC has a commitment to monitor, enforce and defend every easement so that there is a legacy of protected land in place.
Buying and Owning Land: GLC raises funds for the purchase of public lands, such as Point Creek Natural Area, or to own land outright. GLC currently owns the Wm. F. Christel Memorial Woods and Wetlands Preserve, which was a generous gift of land from Edward and Carole Christel Holsen.
Advocacy: GLC participates in local land use planning & zoning committees and encourages resource protection policies.
Community Partner: GLC enters into regional conservation partnerships & projects, such as the Lake Michigan Shoreland Alliance of Lake Michigan Basin land trusts.
Glacial Lakes Conservancy’s mission is to permanently protect working, urban, and natural lands that contribute significantly to the ecological integrity, agricultural sustainability, scenic beauty and recreational enjoyment of our five counties.
Glacial Lakes Conservancy envisions a legacy of permanently protected lands and land-use policies that sustain and enhance a regional quality of life defined by the beauty and productivity of its working lands and natural resources.
The original founders saw that during the 1990′s, approximately 8,000 rural acres were subdivided for residential purposes in the unincorporated areas of Sheboygan County alone, prompting a deep concern for the future of our region’s lands and waters.
They founded the Sheboygan Area Land Conservancy in 1996 as a volunteer, membership organization to protect and preserve natural areas and farmland within the Sheboygan Country area in Wisconsin.
In January 2005, Glacial Lakes Conservancy (renamed in 2004) expanded its coverage area northward to Kewaunee County. This was accomplished by merging with The Rural Land Legacy Committee of Kewaunee County, an active local group dedicated to preserving farmland, natural areas, and undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline.
Today, the land trust offers land conservation options, organizational support, and technical guidance to landowners and organizations in Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Kewaunee, Calumet and Fond du Lac counties.
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