Wild Reads

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This is where we share stories about and from partners, landowners, and friends throughout the conservation community. Let us know if you have a book review or article to share. We don't promise to publish everything we receive, but we'd love to know what you're reading and what you think is worth sharing.

Conservancy Stories
Philanthropy helps fund solutions to widespread problems all around the world. It also plays an important role here in the Driftless Area, where we face some global challenges on a…
Hikes
Sightings
On September 25, I had a wonderful evening hiking the ridgetop trail of Tunnelville Cliffs. Kickapoo Valley Reserve astroeducators Susan Cushing and Barbara Sarnowski led a group of twenty trekkers…
Wendell Berry was born in rural Henry County, Kentucky in 1934. He studied at Stanford University, took a Guggenheim Fellowship to France and Italy, taught English in the Bronx... and…
In a world without pollinators, we give up blooming flowers to celebrate the coming of spring. We give up the taste of our fresh fall bounties. We give up the…
Here's how two retired college professors became honored members of Mississippi Valley Conservancy's Bluffland Guardians – a story 50 years in the making. In the spring of 1971, 15 Knox…
Conservancy Stories
As an accredited land trust, we are required to visit the properties we protect once a year to ensure that we're upholding our commitment to landowners to protect their land…
RICHLAND COUNTY, WI – The cold, clear headwaters of Little Fancy Creek babble in the rocky creek bed that crosses under the drive upon arriving at the farm of Susan…
Conservancy Stories
Meet our new development coordinator. Leanne Kruse grew up just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Indian Ocean and surrounded by the bush in Perth, Western Australia. She…
Conservancy Stories
Public Input Session - Trailhead Parking Fee’s South Side Neighborhood Center - 1300 South 6th Street, La Crosse, WI August, 10th at 3:30pm – 4:30pm August 17th at 5:30pm –…
Hikes
Sightings
It started as a perfect day. The day after Independence Day, I locked in the address for Borah Creek Prairie on my GPS, filled the Jeep with gas, and took…
Ever wondered what the Driftless Region is like from a new perspective? Contours: A Literary Landscape published by the Driftless Writing Center, shows readers a quick glimpse about an area…
Book Reviews
The way the environment, specifically the land, has been treated over the years is starting to show its effects. These actions toward the land have consequences and it seems that…
What’s Cooking?
As rhubarb season winds down, it reminds me of how fortunate we are to live here in our beautiful Driftless Area. We have an abundance of locally grown food in…
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…
Conservancy Stories
In the News
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…