Monroe County Public Land Preserve opens


The following post was published by News 8 in La Crosse on October 20, 2017.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The new Wilton Hemlocks Nature Preserve in Monroe County will protect rare habitat on the Kickapoo River.

Thanks to a major grant from the Paul E. Stry Foundation, Mississippi Valley Conservancy has accepted a land donation from Eric and Inese Epstein. The Epstein’s donation of 89.14 acres of property is on the Kickapoo River and has been named the “Wilton Hemlocks”. The preserve is open to the public for research, education, hiking, fishing, and paddling.

It is the first Mississippi Valley Conservancy public nature preserve in Monroe County and brings the total Conservancy protected nature preserves to 21.

“The generosity of the Epsteins and the Stry Foundation ensure that the site will be open to the public for hiking, bird watching, nature photography, fishing, and canoeing,” said Carol Abrahamzon, executive director of the Conservancy. “We will also use the land for environmental education programs and make it available for researchers and graduate students to study the rare species, some of them state-listed, using the property.”