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Comprehensive Planning to Promote Climate Resiliency Through Natural Infrastructure

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) is seeking a contractor to access and plan priority restoration projects on its nature preserves. The outcome of this effort will also inform OWLT’s approach to future conservation projects by identifying and prioritizing the most resilient lands in our mission area. Our strategic approach to land and water protection focuses on preserving and restoring biodiversity. Through conserving lands containing a diversity of natural features, we maintain the infrastructure necessary for maintaining the biodiversity and resiliency of our aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Our protected lands also include agricultural holdings and improving farming practices on those lands is an important long-term restoration strategy.

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Dohmen Tribute

Dear Friends,

Today we share the sad news of the passing of one of our Land Trust supporters, Erv Dohmen. Many will recall Erv and Jane Dohmen were the 2015 recipients of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Pat Wilmeth Stewardship Award. Below is the award description highlighting Jane and Erv's many contributions to OWLT and Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, in particular. 

Erv Dohmen's full obituary may be found here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/

To read Jane Dohmen’s full obituary visit https://www.poolefh.com/dohmen-jane-m

I first had the opportunity to visit with Erv and Jane in the spring of 2017. In addition to hearing about their great love of the outdoors, the most memorable take away from my afternoon spent visiting in the Dohmen's in their home along Lake Michigan was the sincere and gentle affection Erv and Jane had for one another. Over sixty years of marriage and these two were very in love. May we all be so lucky!

We are grateful for the Dohmen family’s support of conservation and happy to have known this incredible couple whose visionary conservation leadership will benefit generations to come.


Tom Stolp

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Executive Director

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OWLT Biennial Report 2016-2018

OZAUKEE WASHINGTON LAND TRUST forever preserves and stewards the water resources, natural areas, and working lands of Ozaukee and Washington Counties. We accomplish our mission by creating strong conservation relationships, raising public awareness of the benefits of land preservation, and providing opportunities for nature-based recreation.

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ARTservancy is a unique partnership between the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) and Gallery 224. This yearlong collaborative residency program showcases the work of twelve talented artists who have each selected an OWLT Nature Preserve with which to engage.

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OWLT is Requesting Proposals for the Treatment of Canada Thistle

Control of Invasive Canada Thistle at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Application Due Date: Monday, May 27th, 2019

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Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Inc. (OWLT) is seeking qualified contractors for services to control invasive Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) within Forest Beach Migratory Preserve located at 4970 Country Club Beach Rd., Belgium, WI. 53074 (see Project Area Map). Forest Beach Migratory Preserve is an OWLT owned property that encompasses a patchwork of habitat types across its 116 acres.

Organization and Property Background

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit whose mission is “preserving the water resources, natural areas, and working lands of Ozaukee and Washington Counties.” Collectively OWLT holds 55 conservation easements and owns 32 nature preserves. All of OWLT’s owned nature preserves are free and open to the public year round for low‐impact recreation. They are also protected in perpetuity.

Forest Beach Migratory Preserve was acquired by OWLT in 2009. Before OWLT ownership, the property had been a golf course since the 1930s. The overall goal of the current management strategy is to maintain and perpetuate the natural character and diverse composition of the existing natural communities, while also creating a mosaic of natural communities for migratory birds. Forest Beach is now the site of seven different ecotypes ranging from grassland to hardwood forest (Please see Habitat Map) ‐ all being actively managed for enhancement.

Some of the given cover types are not fully realized yet. This includes a majority of the hardwood areas. These ‘in progress’ areas are mostly covered with a combination of cool season grasses, early successional woody species, and Canada thistle.

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Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Announces Acquisition of Property on Western Edge of Ozaukee County as Part of New 274-Acre Nature Preserve

The spring-fed pond on the Kinnamon property acquired by OWLT
The spring-fed pond on the Kinnamon property acquired by OWLT

West Bend, WI: On Thursday, February 21st, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) officially finalized the acquisition of the remaining portion of 104 total acres of land that was lovingly stewarded by members Dave and Karen Kinnamon for nearly 50 years.

Combined with the organization’s 2017 acquisition of 60-acres owned by Ed and Janet Beimborn, and a contiguous 110-acre privately owned property on which it already held a conservation easement, OWLT now protects 274-acres of significant habitat and scenic beauty in its defined Cedar-Sauk project area.

“We are excited to add this to the growing list of now 32 nature preserves under the stewardship of Ozaukee Washington Land Trust,” said Tom Stolp, Executive Director. “Beyond our commitment to caring for these ecologically significant places forever, we are also committed to keeping this land 100% free and open to the public for recreation and renewal.”

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Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Earns Renewal of Prestigious Accreditation Seal by Independent Land Trust Accreditation Commission

West Bend, WI: Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) recently celebrated renewal of its Accreditation Seal by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. This prestigious Accreditation designation has been bestowed upon only about 35% of the more than 1,200 Alliance-member land trusts across America. According to the Accreditation Commission, the Accreditation Seal is awarded to land trusts meeting the highest national standards for operational excellence and conservation permanence.

OWLT first earned its Accreditation Seal in 2013, with renewal extending that initial Accreditation through 2023.

"In the land conservation community, there's a great emphasis on trust, so much so that many of us, including the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, put ‘trust’ right in our name," said Tom Stolp, OWLT Executive Director. "When working with landowners and our members, we're asking them to put a great deal of trust in our organization: trust that we will good stewards of their generous investments and trust that we will be a leader in faithfully tackling our biggest conservation challenges."

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OWLT Volunteer Workshop

Date: Monday, April 1st
Time: 6:00PM to 7:00PM
Location: OWLT Office (The Depot)
200 Wisconsin St, West Bend, WI 53095

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All are welcome including new and returning volunteers
Free to attend

Volunteer with OWLT this field season!

Interested in spending time outdoors while giving back to our local natural areas? Join us for a free volunteer workshop where we will discuss upcoming events, workdays, and volunteer needs for the 2019 field season. Opportunities involve invasive species removal, trail maintenance, seed collecting, trash pickup, being an OWLT site steward, and more. Find out how you can make an impact this year with OWLT!