Nine acres were donated at the Chambers Island Nature Preserve, the Door County Land Trust organization announced.
The donation by Pete and Fawn Rogers, longtime summer visitors on the island, is the fifth conservation project to be completed on Chambers Island during 2018. The donated land connects other protected lands within the large contiguous forest on the interior of the island, which is off the west shore of Door County in the bay of Green Bay.
Chambers Island is recognized by Door County conservation partners as a high priority wildlife habitat primarily because of the number of species of birds that migrate and nest on the island, as well as its unique forests and wetlands, a news release stated.
The mesic forest, composed of sugar maple, red oak, American beech, hemlock and red maple, is home to a variety of wildlife and insects.
“The Door County Land Trust is a great organization for preserving land in its natural state for everyone to enjoy,” Pete Rogers said. “We’re happy to see wild lands protected from development.”
Land Program Director Julie Schartner added, “We are grateful for Pete and Fawn Rogers’ generosity and for their vision to help protect this ecological gem. Their love of the land and the island will be honored forever, and they leave a lasting legacy for future generations.”
The partnership between Chambers Island’ landowners and the Door County Land Trust has resulted in nearly 700 acres of land protection, ongoing efforts to remove invasive plant species and improve wildlife habitat, and an intensive ecological inventory of the island called a BioBlitz, which documented several species never before recorded in Door County.
Additional lands have been identified for future protection and efforts to remove invasive plants are planned for 2019. Door County Land Trust and islanders continue fundraising to meet a goal of $350,000 for additional land protection, long-term care of the property, and the removal of invasive species.
About half of the funds necessary to protect the Chambers Island Nature Preserve have come from donors. Without private support, protecting nature preserves and caring for the Land Trust’s 28 miles of hiking trails would not be possible, a news release stated.
The Door County Land Trust’s mission is “to protect Door County’s exceptional lands and waters … forever.” It is a nonprofit, community-based organization that actively works to conserve land via the purchase or acceptance of donations of land or conservation easements. Founded in 1986, the Door County Land Trust has protected more than 8,000 acres from Washington Island through southern Door County.