The Bayfield Regional Conservancy protects natural areas, forests, lakeshore, wetlands,
farms and scenic areas in three ways:
1) Private land conservation. We work with private landowners to draft permanent
land preservation agreements (conservation easements) that restrict the use of the
land into the future. We help landowners draft an easement document which reflects
their vision for the future of their land. There are some tax benefits to placing
a conservation easement on your land, but the greatest benefit is the peace of mind
that the land will be protected forever. You can find more information about private
land conservation on the Saving Your Land page.
2) Partnerships. We work with partners in government and the non-profit sector to
protect natural areas. We have worked with the Town of Bayfield, Town of Bell, Bayfield
County, State of Wisconsin, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Trout
Unlimited-Wild Rivers Chapter to acquire fee title or conservation easement lands
for the public benefit. Some partnership projects include beach access to Lake Superior
in Cornucopia, angler access to the White River, acquisition of land for flood protection
in the City of Bayfield, acquisition of recreational lands and a new State Natural
Area on Mt. Ashwabay.
3) Technical support. We help foster local government’s conservation initiatives
by identifying sources of funds, writing grants on their behalf and administering
programs. We have provided technical support to the Town of Bayfield’s Farmland
Preservation Program by helping to develop and implement their purchase of development
rights program which has preserved four Bayfield orchards and farms.