February 20, 2017

CLCF at Gathering Waters Land Trust Retreat

Three delegates from Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation attended a retreat sponsored by Gathering Waters, Wisconsin’s alliance for land trusts, on February 9 and 10 at the UW Arboretum in Madison. The purpose of our attendance was to learn more about: Standards and Practices for Accreditation with the national Land Trust Alliance, emerging trends in conservancy, policy developments at the state and federal levels, making strategic land deals that result in win/win outcomes for conservation values, planned and endowed giving tools and approaches, potential land trust engagement in water quality compliance, and partnership and program possibilities for the health and wellness of people and the environment.

In addition to receiving quality instruction and information, your delegates also had the opportunity to network with other conservationists from around the state and build mutually beneficial relationships. There were representatives present from some locally familiar organizations like Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust, Tall Pines Conservancy, the Ice Age Trail Alliance, and The Prairie Enthusiasts as well as more broadly recognized ones like the WDNR, the Nature Conservancy, and the Land Trust Alliance.

CLCF Directors Linda Mutschler and Gary Britton and staff member Priscilla Galasso have returned with new enthusiasm for the vision of preserving the conservation values of the Cedar Lakes watershed and a better sense of the work that needs to be done to ensure that the Foundation is doing its best in stewardship and administration. Thank you to all the CLCF members and sponsors that make it possible for us to take advantage of valuable resources like this retreat!