Our mission is to conserve native and working landscapes. We protect rare plant communities, threatened wildlife species, scenic beauty and opportunities for carrying out sustainable agriculture. We provide opportunities for people to get outdoors, connect with nature and develop healthy habits of good exercise.
Over the years, we’ve protected many of the best features of the southwestern Wisconsin landscape, including scenic bluffs, the last remaining piece of native prairie on the La Crosse Terrace, top-notch cold-water trout streams and various archeological resources.
We are pleased to open up thousands of acres of recreational land to the public. Our land protection work preserves scenic beauty, protects wildlife habitat and provides opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, hunting, fishing, biking, and nature photography. We encourage public use, but we ask that our recreational use policy be followed as well as all state laws, local ordinances and our hunting guidelines. The downloadable trail maps for the properties we recommend for hiking also list activities allowed/not allowed. Please review those when planning your visit. When visiting our protected lands, please also be careful to avoid trespassing on the lands of neighboring property owners.