The Waukesha County Land Conservancy (WCLC) was founded on April 22, 1992 with a
mission to protect scenic or environmentally significant lands in Waukesha
In 1994, we protected our first property, Martin’s Woods, a State Natural
Area, with assistance from The Nature Conservancy. Martin’s Woods contains some of the greatest
plant diversity in the Waukesha County with thousands of red trillium and a
locally rare Kentucky Coffee tree.
Just eight years later, over 500 acres were protected! In 2003, we surpassed 1,000 acres protected. Five years later, in 2008, the Conservancy has protected 2,000 acres across the county, and in 2023, we have just over 3,100 acres of environmentally-significant lands in Waukesha County protected in perpetuity thanks to a highly engaged and active volunteer board of directors, our dedicated committee members, supporters, and community leaders.
Today, our mission is to protect and care for environmentally significant land and water in Waukesha County for future generations.
WCLC has six core values:
- Strong land ethic based on science
- People, Partners, and Community Engagement
- Solid Financial Management
- Personal and Organizational Accountability
- Trust and Transparency
- Organizational Excellence