Thirty-five acres of forested uplands have been acquired as an addition to the Door County Land Trust’s 600-acre Chambers Island Nature Preserve. With the October protection of two islands within Lake Mackaysee, this acquisition is the second of five new land deals to be completed on Chambers Island this year. Chambers Island is recognized by Door County conservation partners as a high-priority wildlife habitat primarily because of the number of species of birds that migrate and nest on the island, as well as its unique forests and wetlands.
“The protection of the interior of Chambers Island is a long-term vision that island landowners and the Door County Land Trust have partnered to implement over the past five years. With the addition of this parcel, and several more planned before the end of 2018, high-quality forests within the island will be permanently protected,” said Door County Land Trust Land Program Director Julie Schartner.
The protected parcel was purchased with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a grant from the Bock Foundation, contributions from Chambers Island landowners, individual donors and Land Trust members. The Door County Land Trust continues fundraising efforts to meet a $350,000 goal to complete the Chambers Island Nature Preserve, including additional land protection, long-term care of the property, interpretive signs and invasive-species removal.
For more information, or to contribute a new-member incentive, contact Door County Land Trust Development Director Cinnamon Rossman at 920.746.1359 or [email protected].