At our Kinni Guardian event on Saturday, September 23, a member stepped up and pledged to pay off the remainder of this debt by 2017 Calendar Year End! We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us retire this debt and, ultimately, preserve three very important properties. We are now free of our burden which will enable us to carry on our Mission to preserve more land in the Kinni watershed.
Following are the three properties that we preserved forever:
Diverse topography and plant/animal communities. KRLT’s acquisition enabled subsequent land swap with River Falls School District Forest designated as an accessible outdoor learning space for our children and community.
After purchase, KRLT transferred 159 Acres to WI DNR, who could better manage this special property as a wildlife area with oak savannas and goat prairies than could our small land trust. KRLT created access to our Jackson Preserve – the only public access to the lower Kinni canyon between River Falls and the St. Croix River. Open to the community year round.
The Quarry Road project permanently protects important Kinni river frontage and surrounding lands. This land had been slated for subdivision and development but is now open to public recreation.