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Places We Protect

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Since 1986, the Door County Land Trust has protected over 7,000 acres in almost every corner of Door County.  From the northern tip of Washington Island south to the Door-Kewaunee county line, the lands we preserve represent the finest open spaces and wild places Door County has to offer.

In recent years, our land protection efforts have been focused on the protection of specific sites throughout the county that have been identified for their ecological importance and scenic beauty.

These "Special Places", as we refer to them, showcase the best of Door County’s diverse and inspiring natural landscapes. From small nature sanctuaries hidden within our villages, to miles of scenic open space along our rural roadways, to thousands of acres of critical wildlife habitat, these places represent Door County’s irreplaceable treasure.

These are the places the Door County Land Trust is committed to protecting through a variety of strategies including purchase, acceptance of donations of land or conservation easement agreements, and partnering with other conservation groups.

While the majority of our efforts are aimed at protecting the lands within these Special Places, we also partner with landowners in other parts of Door County to protect properties that have significant conservation and scenic value.  Visit the Protect Your Land section of this website for more information about how we work with individual landowners.

White Cliff Fen Preserve- Photo by Zak LaCrosse

Although we’ve enjoyed many conservation successes and have recently surpassed 7,000 acres under protection, there is still much work to do.  We will continue working to protect these Special Places, but we can’t do it without your help.

Please see Visit our Preserves for information about Door County Land Trust Preserves, opportunities for outdoor recreation on lands open to the public, and to print trail maps and directions.

The Protect Your Land section of our website explores options for local landowners who want to plan for the future of their Door County property.  You can download our Guide to Land Protection Strategies here, too. 

Or find out about all the ways to Support Our Work.


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The accreditation seal was awarded to the
Door County Land Trust for meeting
the highest national standards
for excellence and conservation permanence.

Door County Land Trust
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Protecting Door County's exceptional lands and waters forever.

E-mail: info@doorcountylandtrust.org

Sturgeon Bay Phone: (920) 746-1359
Sister Bay Phone: (920) 854-47

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