The Door County Land Trust (DCLT) is now permanently protecting two additional gifts of land on Washington Island.
The larger of the two land donations – a 62-acre property situated in the northeast portion of the island – lies near the Indian Point Natural Area and will be named to honor Sigwald Jacobsen. It consists of a northern hardwood forest of red maple, as well as some boreal tree species such as balsam fir and white spruce. With its proximity to other nearby protected land, this donation helps to create a wildlife corridor.
The second donation – a 10-acre forested property – is on the island’s northwest side and adjoins DCLT’s Little Lake Nature Preserve. It primarily contains a maple and beech forest with a cobble ridge. The property offers ideal habitat for spring ephemeral flowers, migratory and nesting birds, birds of prey and other wildlife.
With these additions, DCLT now protects slightly more than 8,800 acres.
“It is an honor to work with landowners to carry forward their
vision of permanently protecting their land and we are grateful for their generosity,” said Tom Clay, DCLT executive director. “Protecting island
habitat like this is a powerful benefit for migratory birds and enhances Door County’s unique biodiversity.”
DCLT members and individual donors fund the expenses associated with accepting the land donations. DCLT is currently raising donations for the Stewardship Endowment Fund for the long- term care of the two properties. Join the effort to protect Door County by donating at www.DoorCountyLandTrust.org/donate.