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The "Great Rivers, Great Lakes" Campaign

SunriseThe Ozaukee Washington Land Trust is pleased to announce our ambitious "Great Rivers, Great Lakes" Campaign.

We are embarking on a four year strategic effort to protect 2,000 acres of sensitive lands in the Milwaukee River Watershed and along the shore of Lake Michigan.

OWLT has been working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and other regional and local partners to identify critical parcels in the watersheds and to fund their preservation. Total investment for the initiative will be about $12 million.

Yes, $12 million!

We’ve identified roughly $10 million that will come from various government agencies and partners toward the four year goal. The Land Trust Board of Directors has committed the organization to raising $2 million in matching and acquisition related funds.

The impacts will be far reaching. The project outcomes will improve the quality of water flowing into the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan through implementing land management practices in the basin that, for example, expand wetland buffers, restore wildlife habitat, increase surface water infiltration, and preserve productive farmland. This project will also provide area residents with additional opportunities to enjoy nature based recreational activities such as hiking, bird watching, hunting, and fishing, and increase access to and enjoyment of our regional freshwater resources.

There has never been a more exciting time in the 22 years of the Land Trust. That said, we have a lot of work ahead of us to make this a reality. Please consider helping us protect wildlife, restore land, and improve water quality by making a contribution today.

For more information please contact Executive Director Shawn Graff at  or
(262) 338-1794

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