OUR CONSERVED LANDS & PROJECT AREAS
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- Island Woods Preserve. Island Woods Preserve is a 40 acre preserve located at Lauderdale Lakes on the peninsula between Green Lake and Middle Lake. Most of the property was donated to KMLT by the Lauderdale Lakes Impovement Association. This preserve has a cross penisula hiking trail, Three Kettle Ridge Trail, open to the public with a bench that overlooks one of our deepest kettles, and it has our paved Overlook, located along Oak Park Road, that provides a splendid view of another kettle on the property. KMLT has been restoring portions of this preserve by removing invasive species and removing trash stored on the property. Two parking spaces are provided for trail access at the east end of Oak Park Road.
- Jackson Creek Preserve. Jackson Creek Preserve is located along Jackson Creek, just east of Highway 67 and south of Elkhorn. The creek flows east to west through the property and then through a culvert located under Highway 67 to Delavan Lake. This preserve protects native prairie/fen, filters farmland runoff to Jackson Creek and provides a view of beautiful native flowers for the community. It comprises 9.4 acres of wetland south of Jackson Creek and 12.9 acres on the north side. The parcel also includes 1.1 acres of upland old field that has been restored by native pairie seeding.
- Beulah Bluff Preserve. This 7.9 acre preserve was purchased by KMLT, using WI DNR Grants to protect the native prairie and uplands woods restored by Eric Tarman-Ramcheck. The preserve can be accessed from Bakavi Way and Beulah Heights Road. During 2013-2015, only the northern portion of this property is open to public access from Bakavi Way, while KMLT works with the previous owner to remove homestead buildings and install a public overlook.
- Turtle Creek Preserve. This 13 acre wetland was purchased through a grant from Ducks Unlimited partnering with KMLT to provide access to and increased protection of the Wisconsin DNR Turtle Creek Wildlife Area. The WDNR will route their access trail through a portion of this new preserve from their parking area located along County Highway M. No hunting is allowed on this property, by a deed restriction created by the previous owner.
- Beulah Bog SNA. KMLT adopted the Beulah Bog SNA under the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Adopt-A-Natural Area Program in 2009. Under this program KMLT agreed to work to restore and manage this very special State Natural Area. During 2012, KMLT agreed to continue helping the WI DNR manage this SNA under the Wisconsin Natural Areas Volunteer Steward Program through volunteer work days and guided tours.
- Delavan Lake Watershed. KMLT has partnered with the newly formed Delavan Lake Watershed Initiative Network to develop a conservation plan for the Delavan Lake Watershed that will help protect the health of Delavan Lake.
- Lauderdale Lakes County Club Easement. KMLT holds a 57 acre conservation easement covering the Lauderdale Lakes Country Club located on the Lauderdale lakes. The conservation easement permanently protects the golf course from future development and it protects a shoreline wetland.
- North Lake Conservation Easement. KMLT protects
over one and a half acres of shoreline along North Lake with a conservation
easement. Owners of the property wanted to assure the permant protection of
their hill prairie remnant along the shore.
- Hartranft Conservation Easements. KMLT helped the owners conserve about 90 acreas of prime agricultural property and over 20 acres of Oak Savanna habitat surrounding their homestead. The owners have worked with KMLT to restore portions of the natural area to native vegetation.
Land trusts are in the business of land conservation. Land conservation can be costly, even for land or conservation easement donations. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit land conservation organization, KMLT must use its limited financial resources effectively. To do so, KMLT has developed specific criteria to rank potential projects to guide which projects meet our conservation goals and are financially feasible. Your financial contributions to KMLT help us in this effort. Protecting and restoring native ecosystems, and preserving Walworth County's rural character will benefit many.