50 More Acres Protected at Chambers Island Nature Preserve

On Dec. 13, the Door County Land Trust completed two land acquisitions on Chambers Island. These two additional projects are the third and fourth of five planned land-protection projects on the island this December. The two properties – one a 10-acre hardwood and hemlock forest, and the other a 40-acre mixed-hardwood forest – expand the Door County Land Trust’s 600-acre Chambers Island Nature Preserve. Chambers Island is recognized by Door County conservation partners as a high-priority wildlife habitat primarily because of the number of bird species that migrate and nest on the island, as well as its unique forests and wetlands.

“After their long, 2,000-mile journey, migrating neo-tropical birds need a safe place to rest and forage for food, and Chambers Island is a beacon in the middle of Green Bay,” said Jesse Koyen, the Door County Land Trust’s stewardship and acquisition specialist. “Protecting the island’s plant and forest communities are essential for numerous bird species – 171 documented species on Chambers Island so far!”

The Land Trust purchased the two properties with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a grant from the John C. Bock Foundation and contributions from Chambers Island landowners, individual donors and Land Trust members. The Door County Land Trust is continuing its fundraising efforts to meet a $350,000 goal for the completion of the Chambers Island Nature Preserve, including additional land protection, long-term care of the property, interpretive signs and invasive-species removal.

The community is invited to join the effort to protect special places like these during the Door County Land Trust’s Protect What You Love campaign. Donate any amount to become a member in December and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

For more information, contact Door County Land Trust Development Director Cinnamon Rossman at 920.746.1359 or [email protected].