The Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust (NEWLT) has acquired and begun developing a major, new public land preserve in Brown County: the Wequiock Creek Natural Area. The project adds a 73-acre corridor to the more than 6,000 acres already preserved by the land trust. The land will support hands-on education and research and offer recreational space in a region that has been losing green space to development.
“This land was slated to be residentially developed, so on Earth Day, we feel incredibly excited and fortunate that it will now be permanently protected,” said Deborah Nett, executive director of the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust.
The area has great cultural significance to several Native American tribes and is the location where French explorer Jean Nicolet first landed. From an environmental standpoint, the preserve will also improve water draining into Green Bay, preserve a popular birding site and create new habitats to support threatened wildlife. During the coming months, the land trust, the Town of Scott and UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity will restore agricultural fields to native oak savanna and make other careful improvements to create a destination place for visitors. The land will officially open as Wequiock Creek Natural Area on Sept. 12, 2020.