MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Nature Conservancy has donated two environmentally-significant nature areas to Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources.
The DNR board Wednesday accepted the donations of Chiwaukee Prairie in Kenosha County, and Quincy Bluff in Adams County.
The land covers 1,800 acres – and the Nature Conservancy is also providing a $402,000 endowment for maintaining the land.
The group bought small lots in the Kenosha area 36 years ago, to preserve the Chiwaukee Prairie – which is a coastal wetland along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
The acquisition of Quincy Bluff will allow the DNR to expand a 4,700 acre nature site. The bluff is a sandstone mesa which rises 200 feet above wetland territory east of the Castle Rock Flowage.
The Nature Conservancy has purchased 1,700 acres at Quincy Bluff over 22 years.