Our mission is to conserve native habitats and farmlands in the Driftless Area for the health and well-being of current and future generations. Together with you, we protect rare plant communities, threatened wildlife species, scenic beauty and opportunities for carrying out sustainable agriculture. We provide opportunities for people to get outdoors, connect with nature and develop healthy habits of good exercise.
Over the years, we’ve protected many of the best features of the southwestern Wisconsin landscape, including scenic bluffs, the last remaining piece of native prairie on the La Crosse Terrace, top-notch cold-water trout streams, and various archeological resources.
Together with you, we offer thousands of acres of recreational land to the public. Our land protection work preserves scenic beauty, protects wildlife habitat and provides opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, hunting, fishing, biking, and nature photography. We encourage public use, but we ask that our recreational use policy be followed as well as all state laws, local ordinances and our hunting guidelines. The downloadable trail maps for hiking list activities allowed/not allowed on each nature preserve. Please review those when planning your visit. When visiting our protected lands, please be careful to avoid trespassing onto the lands of neighboring property owners.