Land Donation Expands Chambers Island Nature Preserve

Door County Land Trust announces the donation of nine acres of land at the Chambers Island Nature Preserve. The donation of land, made by Pete and Fawn Rogers, long-time summer visitors on the island, is the fifth conservation project to be completed on Chambers Island during 2018. The donated land connects other protected lands within the large contiguous forest on the interior of the island.

Chambers Island is recognized by Door County conservation partners as a high-priority wildlife habitat primarily because of the number of species of birds which migrate and nest on the island, as well as its unique forests and wetlands.

“The Door County Land Trust is a great organization for preserving land in its natural state for everyone to enjoy,” said Chambers Island land donor Pete Rogers. “We’re happy to see wild lands protected from development.”

Land Program Director Julie Schartner said, “We are grateful for Pete and Fawn Roger’s generosity and for their vision to help protect this ecological gem. Their love of the land and the island will be honored forever and they leave a lasting legacy for future generations.”

Additional lands have been identified for future protection and efforts to remove invasive plants are planned for 2019. Door County Land Trust and islanders continue fundraising to meet a goal of $350,000 for additional land protection, long-term care of the property, and the removal of invasive species.

About half of the funds necessary to protect the Chambers Island Nature Preserve have come from donors. Without private support, protecting nature preserves and caring for the Land Trust’s 28 miles of hiking trails would not be possible.

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