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Comprehensive Planning to Promote Climate Resiliency Through Natural Infrastructure

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) is seeking a contractor to access and plan priority restoration projects on its nature preserves. The outcome of this effort will also inform OWLT’s approach to future conservation projects by identifying and prioritizing the most resilient lands in our mission area. Our strategic approach to land and water protection focuses on preserving and restoring biodiversity. Through conserving lands containing a diversity of natural features, we maintain the infrastructure necessary for maintaining the biodiversity and resiliency of our aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Our protected lands also include agricultural holdings and improving farming practices on those lands is an important long-term restoration strategy.

By assessing the natural infrastructure assets we own and manage, and by providing additional direction in assessing our future restoration and acquisition priorities, we will enhance the implementation and effectiveness of our stewardship efforts and be strategically positioned to leverage additional funding for climate resiliency strategies from regional and national funders.

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Development Director Position

We are looking for a dedicated and innovative fundraising professional who is passionate about building relationships that connect the community to the land trust’s transformative work: protecting the land and water of our special corner of Wisconsin.

The Director of Development will plan, direct and oversee all fundraising, donor relations, and marketing functions for OWLT, including annual individual gifts, foundation grants, business membership, community outreach/fundraising events, and organizational marketing: including branding, social media, membership growth and retention and other additional fundraising, donor relations, and marketing activities as they arise. This position requires an individual who has demonstrated successful fundraising experience, strong donor relations ability, excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written/verbal communication skills and demonstrates a high degree of attention to detail. The Director of Development needs to manage multiple tasks independently, be able to write and speak persuasively about the organization’s mission, and build relationships across the nonprofit and conservation sectors in southeast Wisconsin.

The Director of Development reports directly to the Executive Director, and works with the Executive Director, OWLT Board of Directors, Development Committee, OWLT staff, committees, conservation partners, and volunteers to ensure the long term financial sustainability of the organization in order to fulfill its mission and carry out its strategic plan.

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Dohmen Tribute

Dear Friends,

Today we share the sad news of the passing of one of our Land Trust supporters, Erv Dohmen. Many will recall Erv and Jane Dohmen were the 2015 recipients of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Pat Wilmeth Stewardship Award. Below is the award description highlighting Jane and Erv's many contributions to OWLT and Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, in particular. 

Erv Dohmen's full obituary may be found here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/

To read Jane Dohmen’s full obituary visit https://www.poolefh.com/dohmen-jane-m

I first had the opportunity to visit with Erv and Jane in the spring of 2017. In addition to hearing about their great love of the outdoors, the most memorable take away from my afternoon spent visiting in the Dohmen's in their home along Lake Michigan was the sincere and gentle affection Erv and Jane had for one another. Over sixty years of marriage and these two were very in love. May we all be so lucky!

We are grateful for the Dohmen family’s support of conservation and happy to have known this incredible couple whose visionary conservation leadership will benefit generations to come.


Tom Stolp

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Executive Director

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OWLT Biennial Report 2016-2018

OZAUKEE WASHINGTON LAND TRUST forever preserves and stewards the water resources, natural areas, and working lands of Ozaukee and Washington Counties. We accomplish our mission by creating strong conservation relationships, raising public awareness of the benefits of land preservation, and providing opportunities for nature-based recreation.

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ARTservancy is a unique partnership between the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) and Gallery 224. This yearlong collaborative residency program showcases the work of twelve talented artists who have each selected an OWLT Nature Preserve with which to engage.

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OWLT is Requesting Proposals for the Treatment of Canada Thistle

Control of Invasive Canada Thistle at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Application Due Date: Monday, May 27th, 2019

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Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Inc. (OWLT) is seeking qualified contractors for services to control invasive Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) within Forest Beach Migratory Preserve located at 4970 Country Club Beach Rd., Belgium, WI. 53074 (see Project Area Map). Forest Beach Migratory Preserve is an OWLT owned property that encompasses a patchwork of habitat types across its 116 acres.

Organization and Property Background

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit whose mission is “preserving the water resources, natural areas, and working lands of Ozaukee and Washington Counties.” Collectively OWLT holds 55 conservation easements and owns 32 nature preserves. All of OWLT’s owned nature preserves are free and open to the public year round for low‐impact recreation. They are also protected in perpetuity.

Forest Beach Migratory Preserve was acquired by OWLT in 2009. Before OWLT ownership, the property had been a golf course since the 1930s. The overall goal of the current management strategy is to maintain and perpetuate the natural character and diverse composition of the existing natural communities, while also creating a mosaic of natural communities for migratory birds. Forest Beach is now the site of seven different ecotypes ranging from grassland to hardwood forest (Please see Habitat Map) ‐ all being actively managed for enhancement.

Some of the given cover types are not fully realized yet. This includes a majority of the hardwood areas. These ‘in progress’ areas are mostly covered with a combination of cool season grasses, early successional woody species, and Canada thistle.

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Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Announces Acquisition of Property on Western Edge of Ozaukee County as Part of New 274-Acre Nature Preserve

The spring-fed pond on the Kinnamon property acquired by OWLT
The spring-fed pond on the Kinnamon property acquired by OWLT

West Bend, WI: On Thursday, February 21st, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) officially finalized the acquisition of the remaining portion of 104 total acres of land that was lovingly stewarded by members Dave and Karen Kinnamon for nearly 50 years.

Combined with the organization’s 2017 acquisition of 60-acres owned by Ed and Janet Beimborn, and a contiguous 110-acre privately owned property on which it already held a conservation easement, OWLT now protects 274-acres of significant habitat and scenic beauty in its defined Cedar-Sauk project area.

“We are excited to add this to the growing list of now 32 nature preserves under the stewardship of Ozaukee Washington Land Trust,” said Tom Stolp, Executive Director. “Beyond our commitment to caring for these ecologically significant places forever, we are also committed to keeping this land 100% free and open to the public for recreation and renewal.”

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