$350,000 Challenge Match for Land Projects

The Fischer family of Sturgeon Bay is spearheading a donation campaign to benefit Door County Land Trust (DCLT) with a challenge to the public to match the family’s $350,000 grant before Dec. 15, 2022. All donations submitted before that deadline – including new and renewed memberships – will count toward the match. 

John Fischer and his wife, Xan, spokespeople for the family, said his siblings and their spouses initiated their donation to DCLT as a memorial to their mother, Anne Fischer. 

“It was important to her that we get plenty of time outdoors in Door County with daily walks on the beach and hikes in the woods – to embrace it all and get out of the house,” John said. “Mom loved Door County and was planning to spend the remainder of her life here. We wanted to remember her with something we thought she’d enjoy.” 

Donations raised from the Fischer challenge will be used to support new land-protection projects, care for DCLT’s nature preserves, improve wildlife habitat and expand outreach and educational activities. First-time donors to DCLT will receive a new-member packet that includes a hiking map, the Landings journal and DCLT’s Nature Notes calendar. 

Submit donations and memberships at, and get additional information by calling Emily Wood or Cinnamon Rossman at 920.746.1359.

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