Door County Land Trust

Since our inception in 1986, the Door County Land Trust has worked to preserve, maintain and enhance lands that contribute significantly to the scenic beauty, open space, and ecological integrity of Door County. In pursuit of this mission, we have protected more than 7,600 acres and earned a reputation as one of the Midwest’s premier conservation organizations.

The Land Trust works with landowners to purchase properties that possess exceptional scenic beauty or ecological significance. We match donations from private individuals with dollars from Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other organizations to fund land purchases. We also accept outright donations of land and partial land donations (lands sold below appraised value), if the properties meet our land protection criteria. Lands owned and managed by the Door County Land Trust are open to the public for many low-impact recreational and educational opportunities.

In addition to owning and managing land, the Door County Land Trust relies on another important tool to protect places of significant ecological or scenic value—conservation easement agreements. Conservation easements are legal agreements between a property owner and the Land Trust that permanently restrict the type and amount of future development that can take place on a property. Through these permanent restrictions, the land’s scenic and conservation values are protected. The Door County Land Trust is responsible for upholding the terms of conservation easement agreements in perpetuity.  Lands protected through conservation agreements remain in private ownership and are not open to the public. Conservation easements are a vital tool in protecting contiguous forest and habitat.

Contact Door County Land Trust

Contact Door County Land Trust

Tom Clay
Executive Director
23 North 5th Avenue
PO Box 65
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin  54235
Phone: (920) 746-1359
Fax: (920) 746-1024


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Door County, Wisconsin