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Protecting land, water, and wildlife is a benefit to all who live in and visit Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. Every generation and community in our area will be more resilient with the clean water, fresh foods, education, recreation, and way of life that undeveloped natural spaces and farmlands provide. Sign up to receive Conservancy News and stay informed about land protection, environmental education, and outdoor recreation programs offered by Mississippi Valley Conservancy.

Here's a heads up for anyone in the Driftless Area concerned about land use and other natural resource issues, particularly in this time of climate change. La Crosse County has…
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Today, the legislature's Joint Committee on Finance voted to renew the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for 4 years at 32 million dollars per year. While this outcome didn't reach the long-term…
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PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI – Through the abundant wildlife, spectacular scenic vista, and rich history, Crawford County has inspired generations of residents and visitors alike. Yet over time, that history…
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VERNON COUNTY, WI – A new land conservation agreement between Dave and Betty Van Dyke and Mississippi Valley Conservancy has conserved 114 acres of beautiful ridgetop farmland and forest habitat…
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In 1853, as the story goes, an editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel, travelling with a team of railroad executives, admired an oak forest along the Wisconsin River and, trying out…
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MONROE COUNTY, WI – An unusual three-way partnership is set to conserve important habitat in Monroe County. Two families, along with Mississippi Valley Conservancy, have been negotiating an agreement to…
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I delayed writing about the Trempealeau Lakes Trail for several months. I first hiked the three-fourths-mile trail in the late spring. The trail, located between Lake Road and the railroad…
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While collecting water samples near the pond behind Stoney Creek Hotel, DNR Water Quality Specialist Jeremy King saw a bright orange fish and knew right away that it was a…
LA CROSSE, WI-November 18, 2020 – A pristine tract of Black River bottomland in La Crosse has been acquired by Mississippi Valley Conservancy through the bequest of Phyllis and Dean…
LA CROSSE, WI – October 23, 2020 – Gathering Waters, Wisconsin’s alliance for land trusts, presented the 2020 Land Conservation Leadership Land Legacy Award to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual…