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This is where we share stories about and from partners, landowners, and friends throughout the conservation community. Let us know if you have a book review or article to share. We don't promise to publish everything we receive, but we'd love to know what you're reading and what you think is worth sharing.

Roughly 400 miles south-east of the Mississippi Valley in Wisconsin lies the Limberlost Swamp. Less than three decades ago, the Limberlost Swamp had been severely depleted, drained of water, and…
To escape the Wisconsin cold in February, I spent several weeks in Southern Utah hiking Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Snow Canyon Utah State Park, and Nevada Valley…
Iconic environmentalists are often self-proclaimed adults, who are well settled in their lives. Many of the well-regarded environmental pieces have been written 50, 60, 90, 100 years ago. This creates…
In her 2017 poetry collection Whereas, Layli Long Soldier, an Indigenous poet of the Oglala Lakota tribe, speaks about her journey in navigating the world as a racial outsider and…
With a general decline in annual snowfall due to a warming climate, it's especially important to be prepared and get outdoors for winter fun when we do get a fresh…
Climate Change
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PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI – Through the abundant wildlife, spectacular scenic vista, and rich history, Crawford County has inspired generations of residents and visitors alike. Yet over time, that history…
Climate Change
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VERNON COUNTY, WI – A new land conservation agreement between Dave and Betty Van Dyke and Mississippi Valley Conservancy has conserved 114 acres of beautiful ridgetop farmland and forest habitat…
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Hikes
In the News
Sightings
In 1853, as the story goes, an editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel, travelling with a team of railroad executives, admired an oak forest along the Wisconsin River and, trying out…
Climate Change
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Conservancy Stories
News Releases
MONROE COUNTY, WI – An unusual three-way partnership is set to conserve important habitat in Monroe County. Two families, along with Mississippi Valley Conservancy, have been negotiating an agreement to…
Conservancy Stories
Hikes
Sightings
I delayed writing about the Trempealeau Lakes Trail for several months. I first hiked the three-fourths-mile trail in the late spring. The trail, located between Lake Road and the railroad…
Conservancy Stories
Sightings
While collecting water samples near the pond behind Stoney Creek Hotel, DNR Water Quality Specialist Jeremy King saw a bright orange fish and knew right away that it was a…
LA CROSSE, WI-November 18, 2020 – A pristine tract of Black River bottomland in La Crosse has been acquired by Mississippi Valley Conservancy through the bequest of Phyllis and Dean…
LA CROSSE, WI – October 23, 2020 – Gathering Waters, Wisconsin’s alliance for land trusts, presented the 2020 Land Conservation Leadership Land Legacy Award to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual…