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.
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Our strategy for conserving lands and waters
Help us make a meaningful impact on Wisconsin’s lands and waters.
Impact in Action
Thanks our friends at Bird Collective, we’ve equipped the next generation of birders by providing binoculars for Wisconsin classrooms!Read More
On August 4, 2020, what has been heralded as the single most important conservation investment in the United States in our lifetime was signed into law – the Great American Outdoors Act.Read More
This property conserves undeveloped forested areas and wetlands in northern Wisconsin, safeguarding its beauty and ecological diversity.Read More