The Door County Land Trust has received a $1,500 grant from the Door County Community Foundation to be used to coordinate a cadre of community volunteers in the effort to care for the properties the Land Trust oversees.
The Door County Land Trust owns and manages more than 30 public nature preserves throughout Door County encompassing 3,000-plus acres, well over three times the land mass of the county park system.
"Overseeing and properly caring for a public preserve system of this magnitude requires extensive organizational capacity," said Dan Burke, Land Trust executive director. "Volunteers play a key role in our ability to be good stewards of these lands."
The grant from the Door County Community Foundation helps the Land Trust recruit and train volunteers to perform the following activities: establish new public hiking trails, maintain more than 20 miles of existing trails, erect educational signage, monitor and document observations from out on the land, and identify and eradicate invasive plant species that threaten the ecological integrity of Land Trust properties.
"The Land Trust works with at least 75 volunteers annually on land stewardship activities," Burke said. "Thousands of volunteer hours go into this effort, and it is our hope that the folks involved will experience a deep sense of satisfaction knowing that they are helping to protect and restore some of Wisconsin's premier nature preserves. We're grateful to the Door County Community Foundation for its help with this important program. Everyone who enjoys our nature preserves sees its impact."
Regularly scheduled work parties are organized by the Door County Land Trust's land stewardship coordinator, Bobbie Webster.
"Working out on the land is a great way to learn about the unique landscapes of Door County, meet new people and get some exercise," Webster said. "We encourage anyone interested to give it a try."
Interested parties may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Land Trust, visit www.doorcountylandtrust.org.