The Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association (WI Land+Water) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, membership organization that supports the efforts of around 450 Land Conservation Committee (LCC) supervisors and 370 conservation staff in 72 county Land and Water Conservation Department (LWCD) offices.
We envision a future where our natural resources are valued and protected by informed, empowered communities advancing conservation at the local level.
To protect, conserve, and enhance Wisconsin's natural resources by advocating for and supporting county conservation efforts, for current and future generations.
Local Leadership: We develop, learn from, and celebrate on-the-ground leaders; we are strengthened by their geographic diversity and experience.
Pragmatism: We promote practical solutions to complex conservation challenges based on sound science; we balance environmental protection with the economic realities of farming and other small businesses.
Partnership: We seek collaboration with partners that amplify the impact of our work.
Professionalism: We strive for exceptional public service and maintain a high standard.
Efficiency: We represent an economical yet effective investment in conservation.
Education: We value a knowledgeable membership and an informed public.
Advocacy: We firmly believe a strong economy relies upon a clean environment.
Learn more about our goals in our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.Strategic Plan Brochure
WE ARE WI LAND+WATER
Our staff of seven works closely with our Executive Committee, Board of Directors, seven committees, eight area associations, advisors, and many volunteers who all collaborate together to progress towards our mission. Together we work to protect the natural treasures that make Wisconsin’s lands fertile and our waters safe to support life. We also work to limit our impact on factors that exacerbate climate change, so that future generations will have the same quality of natural resources that Wisconsin is known for.
Boots-on-the-ground conservationists across Wisconsin, working to conserve our land and protect our water.
Sixteen elected members setting strategic direction, managing finances, and serving as ambassadors for county conservation.
There are eight area associations that represent Wisconsin's 72 counties.
Our seven committees address a range of important conservation issues and are composed of county land conservation committee supervisors, department staff, WI Land+Water staff and agency partners.
WI Land+Water works with numerous partner agencies and organizations across the state and nationally. We appreciate their diverse views of conservation as well as their collaboration.
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
University of Wisconsin - Division of Extension (Extension)
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)