The Conservancy has helped to protect over 1000 acres of land at Mt. Ashwabay. With views of the Chequamegon Bay and located a short distance from downtown Bayfield, the land was prime for development. Over a period of about 4 years the Conservancy and its partners where able to purchase the land that now comprises an amalgam of properties owned by the Ashwabay Outdoor Education Foundation, the Wisconsin DNR, and Bayfield County. The property serves as the site for summertime ballyhoo at the Big Top Chatauqua and wintertime downhill and cross-country skiing at Mt Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Center, playing an important role in the area's recreation opportunities.
Mt Ashwabay is also rich in habitat and species. It is part of a large network of contiguous protected lands that include Bayfield County Forest and the Chequamegon Nicollet National Forest creating ideal habitat that supports a wide range of plants and animals. There are numerous trails for hiking and cross country skiing.
The generosity of the John C Bock Foundation the WI DNR Knowles Nelson Stewardship Fund, Federal Housing and Urban Development Funds, the Mary Rice Foundation and numerous private donations were pivotal in protecting this wonderful place.
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"Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher."
~ William Wordsworth