Lands and Waters
Protecting Wisconsin’s most ecologically important landscapes
Wisconsin’s public lands protect many ecologically significant and rare landscapes. State Forests provide habitat for large wildlife such as elk, wolves, and bears, while State Natural Areas protect the last remaining examples of globally-imperiled ecological communities, such as savannas, wetlands, and barrens.
Wisconsin’s public lands and waters are also part of our state’s natural heritage, and provide unparalleled opportunities for people to connect with nature. Whether you love hiking, paddling, fishing, hunting, birding, camping, biking, or simply find comfort in the beauty and tranquility of the outdoors, Wisconsin’s public lands and waters are here for all of us to enjoy.
Our public lands are under threat
Invasive species, climate change, and significant cuts to state funding for natural resource management threaten to permanently alter our landscapes and diminish habitat for rare and threatened wildlife species. The Natural Resources Foundation works to address Wisconsin’s most important conservation needs, by bridging support from thousands of people across Wisconsin to our conservation partners and projects across our state.
State Natural Areas funded
grants for lands and waters
in funding for lands and waters
Our strategy for conserving lands and waters
Help us make a meaningful impact on Wisconsin’s lands and waters.
Impact in Action
To celebrate Valentine’s Day we have compiled a list of 14 things we love about our valentine—Wisconsin.Read More
As NRF continues to focus on our impact on Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife, we are exploring resources that focus on evidence-based practices, evaluation, measuring and monitoring, and best practices utilized by peer conservation organizations across the globe.Read More
Founded in 1941, the Upham Woods Learning Center is an unique “river classroom” located on the Wisconsin River. From summer camps to leadership workshops, it’s a great place to learn and while exploring natureRead More