Established 1992

Waukesha County Land Conservancy

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

Meet Our Team

our professional staff works in concert with dedicated volunteers and interns

Meghan Wersel

executive director


Meghan started her career working in natural-resource management and has been leading the restoration and stewardship efforts of WCLC since 2016, overseeing a portfolio of protected properties totaling over 3,000 acres. She was hired as WCLC's Executive Director in 2021. 

She is the project manager of the $1.1 million in-lieu-fee wetland-mitigation project and works with highly competent contractors in the state of Wisconsin, overseeing work completed on our preserves. Under her leadership, WCLC has grown its stewardship program and its ability to fund stewardship projects.

Ms. Wersel graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee with a BS in conservation and environmental science. She has expertise in southeastern Wisconsin’s natural communities and experience conducting and leading wetland and terrestrial habitat restoration, prescribed fires, volunteer and staff workdays, wildlife monitoring, land-management planning, and public education and outreach programming. She also has experience fundraising, grant writing and grant management, as well as organizational oversight. She was also on the Board of Directors as the Secretary of the Southeast Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium for three years.

Nathaniel Kinney

director of land protection & finance 


Nathaniel has years of experience leading the protection and finance efforts of WCLC, overseeing a portfolio of protected properties totaling over 3,000 acres. 

He began working in conservation as an intern for the Waukesha County Land Conservancy to help prepare the organization for Land Trust Alliance accreditation, working his way into a land protection and finance leadership position, and was hired as a manager half a year later. 

Nathaniel began his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in business and later graduated from Northland College with a BS in biology. He has experience with property analysis and evaluation, conservation planning, land acquisitions, and financial planning, analysis and management.