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Protecting land, water, and wildlife is a benefit to all who live in and visit Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. Every generation and community in our area will be more resilient with the clean water, fresh foods, education, recreation, and way of life that undeveloped natural spaces and farmlands provide. Sign up to receive Conservancy News and stay informed about land protection, environmental education, and outdoor recreation programs offered by Mississippi Valley Conservancy.

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One of the buzz words that we hear often today is mindfulness, or the practice of “being in the moment.” This practice takes a designed effort. For example, every morning…
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When Tim Wucherer signed up to be site steward for Angel Bluff, one of the 22 nature preserves owned by the Conservancy, he knew exactly what he was getting into.…
Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s mission is to conserve native habitats and farmlands in the Driftless Area for the health and well-being of current and future generations. We encourage outdoor recreation and…
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Reflections on a hike from the Easter Road trailhead (Hass Tract) I hiked the Hass Tract of the La Crosse Blufflands South alone. A friend's wife had died unexpectedly the…
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News Releases
Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church partners with Mississippi Valley Conservancy to protect Little Bluff for its ecological and archaeological value TREMPEALEAU, WI—February 17, 2020— With a Sunday morning ceremony, the…
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TOMAH, WI—January 23, 2020—Mississippi Valley Conservancy helps third-generation landowner protect wildlife habitat and family farm from industrial use. Peg Brenneke, a Monroe County native, resisted selling her grandfather’s farm to…
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Trail Trek Challenge Hike of the Month How painful it was to write about cross country skiing when, in mid-January, the ground was brown and the temperature at 40 degrees.…
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November 3, 2019 Sugar Creek Bluff State Natural Area Crawford County, Wisconsin I took advantage of perhaps the last sunny day of the fall to hike the Sugar Creek Bluff…
Climate Change
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In the News
A new article from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's October newsletter highlights the role of land trusts in protecting bird habitat. The whole article is available at this link .…
LA CROSSE, WI – October 3, 2019 – A new land conservation agreement between Mississippi Valley Conservancy and a landowner in La Crosse County will protect valuable wildlife habitat and…
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GENOA, WI – Steep, wooded bluffs enfold broad, sloping pastures for sheep and horses where Gene Amsrud and Patty (McNamee) Amsrud shared the view with a visitor to their land…
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LA CROSSE, WI – A new land conservation agreement between Mississippi Valley Conservancy and Mark Hein will protect important habitat and farmland for at least four generations of the Hein…
Climate Change
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When Conservancy Land Manager Levi Plath and his crew of interns return from a day in the field, you can see through the dirt and sweat that they are healthy,…
Conservancy Stories
The work of the crew includes a variety of habitat restoration activities, including trail maintenance, invasive species removal, boundary posting, firebreak construction, and general clean-up. They're fortunate to have Levi…