Door County Land Trust is protecting two additional forested properties within the Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp State Natural Area. With these additions totaling 75 acres, the organization now protects 383 acres within the swamp.
This rare coastal wetland landscape plays an important role in the county’s water quality and fish populations, helps to prevent flooding in the Ephraim area, and is attractive to migratory birds and other wildlife. Even Door County’s federally endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly has been found there.
Door County Land Trust thanks members and supporters for their contributions. The purchase was funded by Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Joint Venture grant administered by The Nature Conservancy, and Natural Resource Damage Assessment funds from the Lower Fox River and Green Bay Trustee Council.
However, the long-term conservation costs are not yet funded. The land trust seeks to raise endowment funds to ensure permanent conservation and future care of the properties. To donate and watch videos of the Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp Natural Area from the air, visit DoorCountyLandTrust.org/Vision.