For decades, city-dwellers have come to play beside lakes, rivers, and streams south of Lake Superior in Wisconsin. Here, where pressure for waterfront development is intense, we protect land to prevent pollution of the most sensitive lakes and keep the most popular destinations open for public recreation.

The Trust for Public Land is also working to preserve the headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Saint Croix River. A working-forest conservation easement we placed over 18,000 acres around the Chippewa Flowage will preserve that sweeping landscape’s immense value for recreation and forestry.

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Canthook and Steelhead Lakes represent a rare opportunity in northern Wisconsin to protect intact and undeveloped wild glacial lakes.

For over two years, TPL worked with local, state, federal, and tribal interests and many conservation and sportsman groups to place a working-forest conservation easement on 18,179 acres of timber lands in the Chippewa Flowage.

Totally surrounded by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, this 80-acre Bayfield County property was one of the few remaining privately held lands within the national forest.

In 1999, Forest Lodge, a model of ecological stewardship, was handed down through three generations and donated to The Trust for Public Land to ensure its protection and its future use as a hands-on Environmental Center.

The Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge is an hour's drive for the 12 million people who live in the region between Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, Wisconsin.

Where countless Camp Shewamegon youngsters visited each summer, the beautiful Lake Owen shoreline will remain natural and undeveloped

In yet another partnership with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, TPL helped conserve the last remaining unprotected tract on Mirror Lake, located just 20 miles west of Chequamegon Bay in Lake Superior.

Sharing an eight-mile boundary with the popular Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the 1,135-acre Moose Lake property was an attractive prospect for second home development.

Built and maintained largely by volunteers, the North Country National Scenic Trail traverses seven states from New York to North Dakota.

The Trust for Public Land established the Northwoods Initiative to protect the iconic landscapes of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

The Trust for Public Land worked with Phil Willkie—a writer, environmentalist, and grandson of presidential nominee Wendell Willkie—to permanently protect his family property: 210 acres with more than a mile of river frontage along the St. Croix , as well as a significant portion of Ox Creek.

In 2007, TPL protected the Venison Creek property, one of the largest contiguous blocks of privately-owned land within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.