Ozaukee Washington Land Trust was founded on two simple notions: there are special places in our community that need to be protected forever and all people should have free and open access to nature.
These simple but powerful ideas shaped our community in transformative ways and have yielded 32 (and counting) nature preserves that we maintain for all of the community to enjoy – 100% free and open to the public.
We will continue to promote a message that nature preserves are free and open to the public because we know that people of color and black Americans, in particular, can be subjected to unwarranted suspicion, confrontation, and violence when in the outdoors.
We believe unequivocally that nature preserves exist for everyone as a place for our community to find renewal and healing, promote physical and mental health, and to celebrate Wisconsin’s most beloved outdoor places.
We continue to look for ways that our mission of protecting our lands and waters can be an agent for promoting equity and inclusion in our community. Keeping land free and open is our start and we know we don’t have all the answers, but we are listening and actively learning how to do our work better. We will continue in service of this goal because as the old song goes, “This land was made for you and me.”
See you on the preserves,
Marjie Tomter, Board President
Tom Stolp, Executive Director