The conservation work of the Mississippi Valley Conservany has resulted in numerous awards and news stories on TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines.
Below you will find links to current and archived news releases, as well as magazine articles and news pieces MVC has permission to print.
|Thanks George Varnum - Wednesday, November 13, 2013|
Courier-Life News_Oct 18, 2013
George Varnum, a longtime advocate for the Holland Sand Prairie, was honored for his efforts Monday by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy and the Friends of the Holland Sand Prairie
Mississippi Valley Conservancy and the Friends of the Holland Sand Prairie have honored George Varnum of Holmen for his dedication to the preservation and care for the Holland Sand Prairie.
A plaque presented Monday evening to Varnum recognized his advocacy for preservation of the 61-acre property located west of Holmen on Hwy. MH that contains rare prairie plant species.
Varnum, who lives near the prairie, was the first person to begin documenting the rich diversity of native plants at the site when it was still privately owned. He contacted the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources about the prairie in 1997, and soon afterward efforts were underway by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy to preserve this land.
The site was once considered for a strip mall, and it wasn’t until December 2004 that a deal was finally reached to purchase the property. Partners in the preservation included Mississippi Valley Conservancy, the town of Holland, DNR, The Prairie Enthusiasts and the Friends of the Holland Sand Prairie.
The property has since been transferred to the town, with MVC retaining a conservation easement on the land and the right to continue management practices. The property is open to the public.
The plaque says, in part, that once the land was purchased, Varnum “helped care for the property. Mississippi Valley Conservancy and the Friends of the Holland Sand Prairie share in thanking George for the important role he played on behalf of the prairie and its hundreds of species and the people who now enjoy them in any season, forever preserved.”
|Boscobel Hike - Monday, September 16, 2013|
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) has scheduled a guided hike for the newly acquired 389-acre Boscobel Bluffs at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. read more ...
|Former employee tapped to lead MVC - Wednesday, September 04, 2013|
LaCrosseTribune.com - September 04, 2013 6:00AM * Tribune Staff
The Mississippi Valley Conservancy has tapped a former employee currently working for the American Red Cross to be its new executive director.
Carol Abrahamzon will take over Sept. 16 for Tim Jacobson, who resigned in June. read more ...
|MVC Names Executive Director - Tuesday, September 03, 2013|
La Crosse, WI – Mississippi Valley Conservancy, the La Crosse –based land trust that has conserved nearly 16,000 acres of land in western Wisconsin, has chosen a former employee as its new executive director. read more ...
|MVC Acquires 400-acre McNamee Bluff Property with $900,000 DNR Stewardship Grant - Monday, July 08, 2013|
BOSCOBEL, WIS - With a grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, the Mississippi Valley Conservancy has purchased a 398-acre bluff property owned by the McNamee family on the east edge of Boscobel. read more ...
|MVC announces 983-acre project - Wednesday, May 29, 2013|
The Mississippi Valley Conservancy has added nearly 1,000 acres along the Kickapoo River to its rolls of protected land in the single-largest conservation project in the organization's 16-year history. read more ...
|Babson Family Donates Major Parcels in Protection of 2,700 acres - Tuesday, May 28, 2013|
La Farge, WI - A family with historic roots in the state's dairy industry has added a second major gift of protected Kickapoo Valley land to its Wisconsin legacy which, through leveraging by Mississippi Valley Conservancy, results in the protection of nearly 2,700 acres in Vernon, Grant and La Crosse counties with a combined value of $6.1 million. read more ...
|Conservancy adds Experienced Board Members and Officers - Friday, May 10, 2013|
Mississippi Valley Conservancy, which has weathered controversy over its widely praised bluffland protection work for the City of La Crosse, also has had to confront another issue: How to fill key leadership positions made vacant by term limits. read more ...
|"International Migratory Bird Day" - Saturday, May 04, 2013|
Tim Kabat, Mayor of the City of La Crosse, has proclaimed Saturday, May 4, 2013 as "International Migratory Bird Day". read more ...
|Conservancy Receives Clearmark Award at the National Press Club in Washington - Thursday, April 18, 2013|
WASHINGTON DC – On Tuesday evening, April 16, 2013, the Center for Plain Language conferred a national award upon Mississippi Valley Conservancy in a ceremony held at the National Press Club. read more ...
|Strehl donated farm conservation easement - Friday, March 22, 2013|
On Monday, March 18, landowner Sue Strehl donated a conservation agreement to Mississippi Valley Conservancy to permanently protect her family's farm. read more ...
|MVC adds Cliffwood Bluff land - Sunday, January 20, 2013|
Land is first purchased since dispute with city of La Crosse read more ...
|MVC offers Snowshoe Hike - Saturday, January 19, 2013|
LA CROSSE, WI – Mississippi Valley Conservancy is pleased to offer the public a guided snowshoe hike at the Mathy Preserve. This hike kicks of our 2013 “Linked to the Land” series of outdoor experiences. read more ...
|Conservancy & Untamed Science Launch Crowdfunding to Complete "Mysteries of the Driftless" Doc Film - Wednesday, January 16, 2013|
Mississippi Valley Conservancy, which partnered with the production company Untamed Science, is working to complete a documentary film entitled Mysteries of the Driftless that features the secret places and unique landscape of the blufflands region (“Driftless Area”) of the Upper Mississippi River and its tributaries. read more ...
|Audit shows Mississippi Valley Conservancy used funds properly - Wednesday, December 05, 2012|
LA CROSSE, Wis. - The Mississippi Valley Conservancy and City of La Crosse have come to an agreement over concerns with the organization's use of funds. Earlier this year, city and state officials requested an audit of the bluffland protection agency, focusing specifically on 1.4 million dollars in grants and city money. The audit found the money was used properly. As part of the agreement, MVC has agreed to make improvements to its accounting practices and transfer ownership of all seven properties it used city funds to purchase. That was something MVC officials say they had agreed to do all along. "There were contract disputes between the city and MVC and all the parties have decided let’s focus on moving forward and do a positive thing," said MVC Executive Director Tim Jacobson. MVC will continue to maintain the blufflands in the area.
|MVC Lands Open for Hunting - Friday, November 09, 2012|
Mississippi Valley Conservancy has opened up about 4,000 acres of formerly private land for public recreation, including hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking and cross-country skiing, in more than a half-dozen counties in southwestern Wisconscin. read more ...
|MVC Celebrates 15th Anniversay - Monday, November 05, 2012|
Nov. 1 marked the 15th anniversary banquet held by Mississippi Valley Conservancy at the Radisson Hotel, La Crosse. read more ...
|Mississippi Valley Conservancy is recognized nationally for accreditation - Wednesday, October 31, 2012|
Tim Jacobson and George Howe were in Salt Lake City earlier in October representing MVC in a recognition ceremony as part of a conference held by the Land Trust Alliance. The Land Trust Alliance Commission, an independent organization, awarded MVC accreditation this past February. read more ...
|Letter from Ron Kind-Congratulations for LTA Accreditation - Tuesday, July 31, 2012|
I recently learned that Mississippi Valley Conservancy has received the distinction of accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and wanted to offer my congratulations. read more ...
|Mississippi Valley Conservancy Works to Protect the Prettiest Drive in the Nation - Monday, June 04, 2012|
Wisconsin’s Great River Road Scenic Byway was recently voted by readers of the Huffington Post as the Prettiest Drive in the Nation. The 250 mile byway beat out such competitors as the Hana Highway in Hawaii and the Big Sur Coastal Drive in California.
“The recognition is long overdue,” says George Howe, conservation director for the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, “It’s one of the most ancient, scenic places in North America. It is known worldwide as a special landscape. People come from all over the world to drive it.” read more ...
|Eighth Annual Falcon Banding atop Great Spirit Bluff a Conservation Success - Wednesday, May 30, 2012|
Guests watched in awe as the bluff’s patron peregrine falcon couple swooped and glided alongside the cliff’s edge where their nest and chicks reside.
While the guests watched on the bluff top, falcon experts fifty feet below carefully gathered the young birds and climbed back to the top of the bluff with them. It was falcon chick banding day once again on the Howe family bluff.
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|Conservancy’s Tunnelville Cliffs Featured on Statewide Magazine Cover - Wednesday, April 04, 2012|
Mississippi Valley Conservancy's Tunnelville Cliffs State Natural Area property is featured on the back cover of the April 2012 issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine, a publication of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. (See http://dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/) After providing a description of the property and the species found there, the magazine cover states:
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|ARCHAEOLOGY CENTER TO CONFER AWARD ON CONSERVANCY - Thursday, February 16, 2012|
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (The Archaeology Center) is recognizing Mississippi Valley Conservancy (the Conservancy) with the “Regional Archaeology Award” for 2011. This award goes to organizations or individuals who have brought a heightened awareness to archaeology and site conservation in the region.
The awards ceremony is on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at UW-L's
CartwrightCenter in La Crosse. There is a short social 1/2 hour at 6:00 p.m., with the awards presentations at 6:30 p.m.
Although Mississippi Valley Conservancy has as its mission “conserving native and working landscapes” of southwestern
Wisconsin, it also helps protect rare geological and archaeological features and remnants. These features are a priceless and informative part of these lands.
|NEIGHBORS TEAM-UP TO CONSERVE UNIQUE LAND IN KICKAPOO VALLEY - Wednesday, January 11, 2012|
Neighbors Harry and Sylvia Peterson and Denise Dipert and John Selby share more than a boundary.
They share a love of the natural world.
Through their generosity, this love will live forever due to protective easements on their lands near the town of La Farge in VernonCounty donated to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) this past summer.
The lands are relatively small at 14 and 10 acres respectively, but they harbor some big-time resources. Both parcels include springs and a small creek which find their way to the adjacent MVC-owned 1,100-acre Tunnelville Cliffs State National Area.
|Wideman - News Release - Monday, January 09, 2012|
Bonnie Wideman has donated a conservation easement on her 160-acre Crawford County farm, adding to the lands protected by conservation easements administered by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy in the Kickapoo River Valley, a priority area for the La Crosse-based land trust.
Wideman said she wanted to protect the improvements that she has made on the farm such as her rotational grazing program. She organically raises sheep and beef cattle on the rolling farmland fringed by oak woodlands.
|Hastert News Release - Monday, January 09, 2012|
Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and his wife Jean have donated a conservation easement with the Mississippi Valley Conservancy on their 403-acre farm on the Mississippi River bluffs in Crawford County.
Hastert, who represented Illinois’ 14th Congressional District for 20 years and served as speaker from 1999 to 2007, said, “This is a unique piece of property and should be conserved from commercial, industrial and development pressures. This is a legacy people will appreciate in years to come.”
The easement allows the land to continue as working farmland while protecting it from development.
Abbie Church, MVC conservation specialist, underscored the importance of the easement, noting that the land is highly developable with panoramic views of the Mississippi River from all of the fields that roll along the bluffs.
|Conservancy receives work truck - November 22, 2011 - Tuesday, November 22, 2011|
Mississippi Valley Conservancy received a Ford F-250 Super Duty truck for habitat work, thanks to the Dahl Family Foundation and many other donors. This truck is critical for the prescribed burns that MVC performs on prairie lands and the invasive species control on thousands of acres in our area according to Nate Fayram, MVC's land management director. read more ...
|CONSERVANCY RECEIVES $15,000 GRANT FOR DOCUMENTARY FILM - Monday, November 21, 2011|
The La Crosse Community Foundation has announced a $15,000 grant to Mississippi Valley Conservancy toward the production of a documentary film MVC is co-producing along with Untamed Science.
“Mysteries of the Driftless” is a documentary about a team of explorers and scientists kayaking down deeply cut tributary valleys, flying in ultralights, and climbing rocky bluffs to reveal answers to the mysteries within the Driftless Area. Their journey will expose both the science and threats behind three unique features of the zone - rare plants and animals, odd geological phenomenon, and striking remnants of a Native American pilgrimage like no other.
|Mississippi Valley Conservancy receives $15,000 Grant for Documentary - Friday, November 18, 2011|
The La Crosse Community Foundation awarded MVC the grant for a documentary they are co-producing with a group called Untamed Science. The documentary is called “The Mysteries of the Driftless” and will focus on rare plants, animals and remnants of Native American pilgrimage. MVC executive director Tim Jacobson said the half-hour documentary uses science-infused adventure to highlight the unique geology and ecology of the bluffland areas of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa untouched by the last ice age. read more ...
|Bachelor Brothers Preserves Land with MVC - Monday, September 26, 2011|
|Conservancy adds properties with rare, ancient features - Wednesday, December 15, 2010| read more ...
Local conservancy and archaeological organizations say they have acquired properties in Vernon and Grant counties that hold unique features from an ancient Native American culture and Ice Age plants and animals.
The properties also will open up new natural areas for the public to explore, fish, hunt or simply enjoy.
"We are pleased to set aside these resources to protect land and also provide outdoor recreation," said Tim Jacobson, executive director of the La Crosse-based Mississippi Valley Conservancy.
The conservancy and the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center announced Friday they have purchased these properties from private land owners.
One 70-acre parcel on the north fork of the Bad Axe River in Vernon County is part of a 661-acre Cade Archaeological District and contains two well-preserved collections of effigy mounds.
|Borah Creek Natural Area Dedication - Thursday, August 12, 2010|
Mississippi Valley Conservancy acquired Borah Creek Prairie in 2008 in partnership with the Driftless Land Conservancy, The Prairie Enthusiasts, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The Mississippi Valley Conservancy has been working with The Prairie Enthusiasts to restore the prairie. read more ...
|What is there to do in the Bluffs? - Thursday, August 12, 2010|
Come on — taking the kids to the pool is getting old and you know it. But what else can you do outdoors this summer?
Did you know prairie flowers, bright green moss and trees so tall you are dwarfed by their trunks are only a few miles from downtown La Crosse? The bluffland is packed with trails that weave throughout the natural beauty of this region.
Unfortunately, some trail heads are so small you could easily pass by without taking notice. But, if you look a little closer, you’ll find a new backyard to bike, run or take a relaxing stroll — without the stoplights and traffic. read more ...
|MVC receives $16,000 challenge grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation - Thursday, May 27, 2010|
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 in the La Crosse Tribune.
La Crosse foundation awards grants
The La Crosse Community Foundation Board of Directors has awarded $32,768 in grants to six local agencies.
Mississippi Valley Conservancy received a matching grant for its outreach coordinator position. The foundation will award $16,000 when MVC meets its fundraising requirements.
The conservancy said it needs to raise $32,000 for environmental education to qualify for the grant. The outreach coordinator will work with schools to organize environmental education and help the public get involved in ecological restoration work.
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|Outing designed to help Holmen students learn about recreation area - Saturday, May 08, 2010|
Brody Huth and Jonathan Lindsey spied a bird perched in a far-off tree. Was it a cool hawk, waiting for its prey? Or was it just a common robin taking a break on its way across the New Amsterdam Grasslands? read more ...
|Conservancy Expands Staff in a Push to Get People Outdoors and Connect with Nature - Monday, February 01, 2010|
Mississippi Valley Conservancy is pleased to announce an expansion of staff in an effort to provide better service to the communities of southwestern Wisconsin by engaging the public outdoors, providing more environmental education, and highlighting the many recreational opportunities available on MVC-owned lands. read more ...
|Conservancy and Onalaska Jointly Protect Historic Bluff - Wednesday, December 23, 2009|
Protected bluff land above Onalaska increased by 51 acres just before Christmas as the Mississippi Valley Conservancy purchased Greens Coulee bluff property partly in the city and partly in the Town of Onalaska. read more ...
|1,100-Acre Farm along Kickapoo River Donated to Conservancy - Tuesday, December 01, 2009|
A family with historic roots in the state’s dairy industry has added a gift of Kickapoo Valley land to its Wisconsin legacy. read more ...
|Local Conservancy Twice Featured in National Magazine - Tuesday, September 22, 2009|
Birders around the country will see conservation projects of Mississippi Valley Conservancy, a La Crosse nonprofit land trust, twice featured in the fall 2009 issue of “Bird Conservation,” the national magazine of American Bird Conservancy. read more ...
|Conservancy Receives County Award - Thursday, August 13, 2009|
At an awards ceremony Wednesday evening, the Crawford County Land Conservation Committee honored Mississippi Valley Conservancy as “Crawford County‟s Wildlife Habitat Development Award Winner” for 2009. read more ...
|Hike on "Seldom Seen Farm" - Thursday, May 07, 2009|
The southwest Wisconsin farm made famous by Ben Logan in his book, "The Land Remembers" will be open to the public for a tour on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. read more ...
|Subject of Book “The Scandinavian Look” Protected by Conservancy - Wednesday, April 29, 2009|
The Bad Axe River has received new conservation protection in its watershed under an easement granted by a Vernon County landowner, the Mississippi Valley Conservancy announced today. read more ...
|Local Conservation Organization Honored Statewide - Friday, January 30, 2009|
Mississippi Valley Conservancy, a La Crosse-based non-profit land trust, was honored at a statewide conference in Platteville and named "Friend of Conservation - Outstanding Organization" by the Wisconsin Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) at its annual meeting. read more ...
|Logan's Seldom Seen Farm Protected - Tuesday, December 16, 2008|
Ben Logan, whose autobiographical book "The Land Remembers" gave readers a sense of place and love of the land, has protected the southwest Wisconsin farm he wrote about. read more ...
|Congressman Ron Kind Receives National Conservation Award - Wednesday, September 03, 2008|
|Dairyland to Preserve Bluffland on Mississippi River - Tuesday, April 22, 2008|
|Governor Doyle to Make Major Stewardship Announcement in La Crosse - Tuesday, December 18, 2007|
|Mississippi Valley Conservancy to Celebrate 10 Years of Conservation Success with Banquet and... - Thursday, November 01, 2007|
|Gov. Doyle Issues Proclamation to Couple for Protecting Old Growth Forest, Savanna and Rare Plants - Tuesday, October 23, 2007|
|Mississippi Valley Conservancy Protects 350 Rare Acres - Friday, September 28, 2007|
|The Mississippi Valley Conservancy: Empowering Residents of the Coulee Region to leave a legacy - Monday, May 01, 2006||
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