Caledonia Conservancy

The Caledonia Conservancy, Ltd.'s mission is to protect the rural character of the Town of Caledonia. The Conservancy is committed to collaborations that prioritize conservation and development that protects natural places and residents’ quality of life. The strength of the Conservancy’s volunteer Board of Directors and support of its members has facilitated the permanent protection of more than 60 acres of land. In addition to safeguarding natural areas, the Conservancy’s mission includes maintaining the Town’s unique network of trails and educating people about the benefits of conservation.

The Caledonia Conservancy, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) land trust and was founded in 1994 to protect and expand Caledonia’s unique system of recreational trails. One of Wisconsin’s oldest land trusts, the Conservancy has permanently protected more than 72 acres, including portions of the old North Shore train right-of-way, the 28.5 acre Trout Ponds Prairie and 11.5 acres in the Tabor Woods Natural Area.

Along with land protection, the Conservancy partners with landowners to maintain more than 36 miles of trails east of the Root River, including 8.2 miles of trails owned by the Conservancy and open to the public. A leading advocate of sensible development, the Conservancy introduced the conservation subdivision concept to the Town of Caledonia in 1997. In 2004, the land trust advanced the Environmental Linkage Policy during Caledonia’s Neighborhood Planning process. The goal of the policy is to work with landowners to ensure the permanent protection of connected natural corridors.

The Conservancy’s biggest strength is the commitment of its supporters and volunteer Board of Directors. Volunteers do everything from bush-whacking to fundraising and financial reporting. Together they have preserved and maintained open space and trails, promoted balanced development, and raised awareness of the importance of conservation. The Conservancy is affiliated with Wisconsin’s Gathering Waters and has adopted the Land Trust Alliance’s Land Trust Standards and Practices – the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust.


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Contact Caledonia Conservancy

Eric Schumann
PO Box 044714
Racine, Wisconsin  53404-7015
Phone: (262) 909-4440
Fax: (262) 639-3320


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