Door County Land Trust (DCLT) is now protecting a forested property on Washington Island as part of the Coffey Swamp State Natural Area that’s home to a high-quality wet northern forest with mature white cedar and balsam fir. Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program provided funding for this purchase.
Longtime DCLT supporters Jim and Donna Janning have also donated a 40-acre property at the center of the Kellner Fen north of Sturgeon Bay. Kellner Fen is a rare type of wetland that features a large expanse of open water; an extensive, fragile sedge mat that floats on top of the water; habitat for rare species of wetland insects; and a breeding ground for the federally endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly.
In addition, an anonymous couple has pledged to match donations from first-time contributors to the Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp Project up to $2,500. Make donations online at DoorCountyLandTrust.org, by calling 920.746.1359 or by mailing a donation to P.O. Box 65, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.
DCLT must raise an additional $200,000 before the end of the year to fund remaining conservation costs and the long-term care of its full slate of 2020 land-protection efforts. To donate or watch videos of protection efforts from the air, visit DoorCountyLandTrust.org/Vision.