Established 1992

Waukesha County Land Conservancy

Protecting and caring for environmentally significant land
and water in Waukesha County for future generations.

Become a Member

Membership Form (pdf) 

Over 90% of your membership donation is used to support our mission of preserving and maintaining environmentally significant land in Waukesha County.  Your donations to the Waukesha County Land Conservancy are fully deductibleMember Advantages

Federal ID:  39-1736112     WCLC Federal EIN:  39-1736112

Conservation Options available to Landowners 

Land trust agreements give interested landowners the opportunity to leave a legacy of unspoiled land and water resources through a variety of voluntary conservation options.

Conservation Easements 

A voluntary legal agreement between the landowner and land trust or government agency. It protects the conservation values of a piece of land by permanently limiting its present and future uses. This allows the landowner to retain ownership and use of his/her property and can be established to protect all or part of a property that has significant agricultural, historic, scenic or wildlife habitat resources.

More info on using the Conservation Tax Incentive by the Land Trust Alliance.

Land Donations

Donating land to a land trust is one of the finest legacies anyone can leave their community. Landowners who donate land to a land trust receive an income tax deduction for the full market value of the land. The donation may reduce federal estate tax liabilities and will eliminate the responsibility of property taxes.

Limited Development

This can mean dividing a parcel of land between areas protected by conservation easements and areas where reasonable development in allowed. The landowner can generate needed cash by selling or continuing to use a part of the land for profit and, at the same time, guarantee the protection of sections with conservation value.


The Ottawa Wildlife Refuge protected by
The Waukesha Country Land Conservancy

Land Purchases

Sometimes, land trusts pay full value for land they consider highly significant and extremely threatened by development. Conservation-minded landowners who use this method to sell their land gain peace of mind knowing it will be protected.
With your help we, we can purchase another important property in Waukesha County.
  We are working to acquire a 60-acre critical species habitat next to the 50-acre Summit Bog property we already own.  This important property called the Genesee Lake Road Tamarack Preserve is in the Village of Summit and is part of the Genesee Lake Road Bog. Rare “Showy Lady’s Slipper”, a tamarack swamp, and birds like the Woodcock, Blue-Winged Warbler, and Cerulean Warbler reside on the property.  
More information HERE.