WI Land+Water is a membership organization for county land and water conservation departments and committees and our conservation partners, including other governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private citizens. You can become a member of WI Land+Water as either a County member or an Associate member.
Member Counties: Counties that pay the annual full "Member County" dues are "Member Counties" and include all land conservation committee members and department staff. They are all members of the association, and all association services, privileges and votings rights are made available to them.
Currently, nearly 70 of 72 counties in Wisconsin are members of WI Land+Water. In 2013, WI Land+Water got each county an additional $12,500 per year for 2014 and 2015 in the staffing grant (about 20 years of county dues to WI Land+Water). As a member of WI Land+Water, your county Land Conservation Department (LCD) receives numerous benefits and can help lead the direction of land and water conservation across the state. We appreciate and value all of our counties contributions to build a thriving hub for local conservation.
Article III of the WI Land+Water Bylaws states that voting membership shall be open to county Land Conservation Committee (LCC) members and conservation department staff operating under the authorities granted in Chapter 92 WI Statutes. The WI Land+Water Board of Directors annually establishes association member dues amounts based on the amount needed to support the activities of the association and maintain a reserve. The association notifies each county of annual dues assessments by May 1 of each year.
Individual County Members: We also offer a membership option for LCC supervisors or LCD staff in non-member counties. Any individual LCC supervisor or county department staff of a non-member county may become an individual member by paying the "Individual Member" fee. All association services are available to individual members at member costs, but they have no voting rights at annual meetings. Individual members may participate and vote on all other WI Land+Water activities.
County Area Associations: Wisconsin counties belong to one of eight area associations that share common resource concerns. Your area association is the place where your staff and supervisors can find out how neighboring counties are addressing issues. It's where you elect representatives to the WI Land+Water Board of Directors and the state Land and Water Conservation Board. If you feel like you are on an island, then the area association is one way to get solutions to problems that are common to your neighbors. Dues and other business are determined by each individual area association. Please contact your area association chair to learn more.
Any individual or organization that has a common interest in the mission or purposes of WI Land+Water may become an associate members provided they pay the associate member dues. WI Land+Water services are available to associate members at discounted costs, as determined by the Board of Directors, but associate members have no voting rights.