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The Northwood Alliance, Incorporated (NWA):  A nonprofit conservation organization registered in the state of Wisconsin and with the IRS as a 501(c)3.  The Northwood Alliance acts as an advocate for the local communities by educating, strengthening environmental networking and assisting in local action.

Wisconsin Alliance of Forest Owners:  Working for fair taxes and equitable regulation. Together we can empower Wisconsin’s woodland owners through tax and regulatory reform.
Join the fight for your rights today.

Non-Traditional Forest Products Directory:  Glacierland Resource Conservation & Development, Inc.! is a non-biased, rural development program focusing on the conservation, development and utilization of area resources to improve the standard of living.  Each year, Glacierland RC&D writes a Plan of Work, which outlines the goals and projects that focus on Community Development, Sustainability, Land Conservation, Water Management, and Land Management. Glacierland RC&D then administers the programs and provides technical support.

Gathering Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts:  Gathering Waters' mission is to help land trusts, landowners and communities protect the places that make Wisconsin special. The alliance helps protect Wisconsin’s special places and grow healthy, vibrant communities and strengthens Wisconsin’s land trusts by:
    • Advocating for funding and policies that support land conservation and
    • Fostering a community of practice that promotes land trust excellence and advancement

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)  NACD is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on private and public lands in the United States.

Land Conservation

Water: A Tragedy of Responsibility:  Environmental problems place great constraint on all societies. The response of the society, its leaders in particular, determines the severity of the consequences of environmental degradation. Maybe nowhere is this more critical than with the protection of water, notably the groundwater resource.

Visit scenic Wildcat Falls near Watersmeet Michigan. The Northwoods Alliance and Partners in Forestry are working to create a Wildcat Falls Community Forest. To get there, go to the intersection of US Highway 45 and Gogebic County Road 206 (Sucker Lake Road). The intersection is 3.4 miles north of Watersmeet and 15 miles south of Bruce Crossing. Go west on County Road 206 approximately 5.3 miles and then turn right on County Line Lake Road. Go north 1.5 miles and park near the Scott and Howe Creek stream crossing. Meeting location coordinates: N46.349211° W89.287639°.

Using the Federal Conservation Tax Incentive:   If you own land with important natural, agricultural or historic resources, donating a conservation easement can be a prudent way to both save the land you love forever and to realize significant federal tax savings. Read More Details on this Tax Incentive. Also read the article  "Enhanced Conservation Easement Charitable Income Tax Deduction - What’s the Big Deal?" by Geary N. Searfoss, CPA in the January 2016 PIF Newsletter.

Popovich conservation easement:  Lee and Margo Popovich's conservation easement protects 58.7 acres neighboring Sylvania Wilderness.

Northwoods Land Trust: The Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) is a non-profit, tax-exempt conservation organization headquartered in Eagle River, Wisconsin.  We work with property owners who care about their land so much that they want to see it protected long into the future.

Keweenaw Land Trust: The Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) is a community partner protecting land, water, and quality of life through conservation, stewardship and education. KLT was founded as a non-profit charitable organization in 1996 by local residents with a vision and love for the Copper Country.

Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest Project completed in Vilas County  The State of Wisconsin’s most recent Forest Legacy project was recently completed in the headwaters of the Wisconsin River near Land O’ Lakes. This partnership between two private landowners and the State of Wisconsin's Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund protects 1,042 acres of wooded forestland and 2 miles of Wisconsin River riparian habitat, and contributes to existing public lands.  Partners in Forestry Coop is proud to have been a driving force behind this very beneficial project. 

    View announcement of Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest Project

    View Map of Upper Wisconsuin River Legacy Forest

    View photos and text of a four page document previously used for advancing this project

    Listen to Joe Hovel discuss the Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest Project on WXPR public radio

Pictures from new legacy forest:  WI River Protected by Forest Legacy Joe Hovel and Gary Goska by WI River Headwaters Gary Goska and Joe Hovel on Forest Legacy Land,   Spruce Grouse Chick,  Wisconsin River,  100+ Year Old  Cedar in River Wetlands,   A Group Attending a Partners in Forestry and UW Center for Cooperatives Workshop View the Thinned Stand Entrance on County Road E


The Wildlife Society Policy Brief Series on The Land and Water Conservation Fund.   The Land and Water Conservation Act was passed and signed into law September 3, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson creating the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF is now the primary source of money used by federal, state, and local governments to acquire lands for conservation and public access to natural areas. Click here to read more on the Land and Water Conservation Act.

Think Globally -- How Big Forests Solve Global Problems
Sit on a log by the Madidi River in Bolivia at dusk and you can hear what an Amazon forest should sound like. The music includes red howler monkeys, breathy thumps from the mutum jungle fowl, droning cicadas, eerie calls locals attribute to deadly bushmaster vipers and the unhinged excitement of elusive titi monkeys. Around your feet, the beach is crisscrossed by jaguar tracks and those of the pony-size tapir, a shy beast that, if you keep quiet, will saunter out of the forest and swim across the river.
Click here to read more on How Big Forests Solve Global Problems

Managing Woodlands with a Conservation Land Ethic:  Renowned Cabin Builder Protects 3,000 Forested Acres.  Joe and Mary Hovel are Vilas County, Wisconsin, landowners who realize the importance of actively managing and conserving their forested acres. The Hovels enrolled in a variety of NRCS programs to plant trees, write a Forest Management Plan, perform crop tree release and hinge cutting, increase wildlife habitat and more, with the help of NRCS. Click here to read full article


Assessing the local economic impacts of land protection:  Land protection, both public and private, provides substantial ecological benefits by avoiding conversion of natural systems to intensive, developed uses. These benefits include carbon sequestration, watershed functioning, soil conservation, and the preservation of diverse habitat types (e.g., Daily 1997; Brauman et al. 2007; Kumar 2012; Watson et al. 2014). Land protection also solves a key market failure: private markets tend to under provide socially beneficial land uses such as natural forests, agricultural lands, or managed timberlands.  Click here to read full article