In 2021, we permanently protected 605 acres directly along the Chippewa River in Rusk County, Wisconsin. Located between Ladysmith and Chippewa Falls in Northern Wisconsin, visitors can fish, hike, hunt, and paddle along these serene waters. Managed by Rusk County Forest, this property has roughly two miles of undeveloped shoreline and mature forest habitat. It’s not just a great place for people to get outside, it will also be sustainably managed as a working forest providing revenue and jobs to the local economy.
The protection of significant properties like this one, located within a habitat and water-rich area of northern Wisconsin, is a continuation of our Forever Northwoods program. We’ve partnered with local governments and communities to protect the Northwoods landscape, creating opportunities for all people to experience the health benefits nature provides. And to help safeguard the environment from extreme heat, poor water quality, and flooding, making our region more resilient and prepared for climate change. This project was made possible thanks to funding from the State of Wisconsin Knowles Nelson Stewardship Program, a generous landowner contribution, and support from donors to TPL and our Forever Northwoods Program.