Private Land Protection Efforts by Non-Profit Conservation Organizations in Wisconsin
Freeman, Andrea M.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
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In February 1994, a 10-page written survey instrument was mailed to 666 private, non-profit conservation organizations (NCOs) operating in Wisconsin, to identify those involved with private land protection efforts. The response rate was 44.3%. Of the 295 respondents, 91 (30.8%) are directly involved with land protection efforts, 154 (52.2%) are indirectly involved, and 47 (16%) would like to be directly involved. The NCOs directly involved with land protection all indicated that they own land or hold easements for conservation purposes. At the very least, there are 111,087 acres in Wisconsin protected by 83 NCOs. The most commonly used land protection methods by the survey recipients were fee-simple ownership and landtransfers. A small percentage of the NCOs are responsible for protecting the majority of this land; The Wisconsin Nature Conservancy alone accounts for 55%. NCOs indirectly involved with land protection efforts most commonly work to educate the public about land and water resources. NCOs directly and indirectly involved with land protection are distinct subpopulations with regard to their activities, financial support, needs, and relationship to the Stewardship Program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). They are, however, a rather homogeneous population with a common goal to improve environmental quality, a shared desire to work with the DNR, and the same preference for a newsletter as a means of communication between NCOs and the DNR. The NCOs hoping to become directly involved with land protection efforts are currently involved indirectly. Most of the NCOs surveyed are region-specific, with 75% focusing on a one- or two-county area.