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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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Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Earns Renewal of Prestigious Accreditation Seal by Independent Land Trust Accreditation Commission

West Bend, WI: Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) recently celebrated renewal of its Accreditation Seal by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. This prestigious Accreditation designation has been bestowed upon only about 35% of the more than 1,200 Alliance-member land trusts across America. According to the Accreditation Commission, the Accreditation Seal is awarded to land trusts meeting the highest national standards for operational excellence and conservation permanence.

OWLT first earned its Accreditation Seal in 2013, with renewal extending that initial Accreditation through 2023.

"In the land conservation community, there's a great emphasis on trust, so much so that many of us, including the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, put ‘trust’ right in our name," said Tom Stolp, OWLT Executive Director. "When working with landowners and our members, we're asking them to put a great deal of trust in our organization: trust that we will good stewards of their generous investments and trust that we will be a leader in faithfully tackling our biggest conservation challenges."

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OWLT Volunteer Workshop

Date: Monday, April 1st
Time: 6:00PM to 7:00PM
Location: OWLT Office (The Depot)
200 Wisconsin St, West Bend, WI 53095

Please RSVP to

All are welcome including new and returning volunteers
Free to attend

Volunteer with OWLT this field season!

Interested in spending time outdoors while giving back to our local natural areas? Join us for a free volunteer workshop where we will discuss upcoming events, workdays, and volunteer needs for the 2019 field season. Opportunities involve invasive species removal, trail maintenance, seed collecting, trash pickup, being an OWLT site steward, and more. Find out how you can make an impact this year with OWLT!

Employment Opportunity: Land Steward Position

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) is seeking a passionate and qualified individual to help accomplish our ecological goals across 32 preserves.

Based primarily in the field, Land Stewards will work closely with OWLT staff to conserve and restore Land Trust properties in Ozaukee and Washington Counties. In addition to assisting with land management and maintenance, Land Stewards will help to successfully integrate volunteer training and involvement, participate in long-term ecological monitoring, support conservation education, and assist with duties related to conservation easements and management plans.

Stewardship inspires an understanding and appreciation of conservation in the ever- changing fabric of our biological community. Utilizing sustainable management techniques and a hard-working mentality, stewardship employees can look forward to getting their hands dirty preserving beautiful forests, prairies, wetlands, and other natural areas within Ozaukee and Washington Counties.

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2018 Approved Permit News Release

Permits Approved by WDNR for Chemical Treatment of Invasive Phragmites and Lyme grass in Sheboygan, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties

Working closely with property owners and organizational partners, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) has protected over 28 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline from problematic invasive plant species such as non-native Phragmites and Lyme grass since 2015.  The invasive, non-native variety of Phragmites threatens the ecological health of wetlands and the Great Lakes coastal shoreline. Invasive Phragmites creates tall, dense stands which degrade wetlands and coastal areas by crowding out wildlife habitat; reducing native fish and plant populations; blocking shoreline views; limiting access for swimming, fishing, and hunting; and creating fire hazards from dry plant material.  

OWLT’s work has not only served to identify Phragmites and Lyme grass populations, but also has advanced partnerships to help control their spread and mitigate their impact.

Under OWLT’s current Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding, a second year of chemical treatments will occur in September 2018. The approved Chemical Aquatic Plant Control Application and Permit’s from WDNR are available for viewing below. In addition, chemical fact sheets for the herbicides to be used during treatment are available for viewing.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Christine at or (262) 338-1794.

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Great Lakes Restoration Funding Restored

For Immediate Release

Congress Makes the Right Call on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Providing Communities with Cost-effective Conservation Programs

By fully funding the very popular and impactful Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), Congress guarantees our generation’s best chance to protect and restore the Great Lakes.

Since 2009, GLRI has returned to our states more than $2 billion in the eight-state region. The successful initiative has removed toxic waste from industrial sites, combatted invasive species such as Asian carp, restored critical wildlife habitat and maintained clean drinking water for 40 million Americans. However, President Trump’s original budget released last year slashed funding for the vital program by 90 percent.

In our communities of Ozaukee and Washington counties and the surrounding region, GLRI has been a godsend for our families who depend on a healthy Lake Michigan for our drinking water, our economy, and our way of life.

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Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Brings New Community Leadership to Board of Directors

Marjie Tomter
Marjie Tomter, newly elected President of Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

The board of directors of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) has elected a new slate of executive leadership for the upcoming year, with community leader Marjie Tomter as President.

Tomter, a retired educator and administrator has served on OWLT’s board since 2011 and been a member since 1995.

“We’re thrilled to have the leadership of Marjie Tomter as President,” said Tom Stolp, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Executive Director. “Marjie is one of those proven community connectors and is truly representative of the conservation ethic held by our supporters and the land owners we work with across the community.”

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