Shoreland Protection Legacy

Leave a lasting legacy

by helping to permanently conserve natural shoreline on lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in Vilas County.

The Northwoods Land Trust’s (NWLT) Shoreland Protection Initiative

VCLRA is partnering with the Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) to advance a Shoreland Protection Initiative that aims to permanently conserve extensive stretches of privately-owned natural shoreline on lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. As part of this activity, NWLT is targeting Vilas County landowners with educational outreach to to promote its conservation services and benefits. VCLRA is a partner in the Initiative, providing communication and outreach to our members and constituents, as well as advisory support for for a range of lake a protection measures.

Why is this important?

Permanently protecting natural shoreland is one of the best ways we can protect the health of our waters. The county has very high development pressure for residential waterfront and vacation home ownership. As a result, there’s an urgency to protect what private land we can along our waters before they become over-developed and degraded. Our region is known for its healthy waters, and protecting water resources in good condition, versus restoring impaired waters, just makes economic sense.  Our economy is tied to the health and beauty of our waters, so it’s a major benefit to have natural shoreland set aside for future generations.

Learn more...

Download NWLT’s Landowner’s Guide to Conservation for more information and use the contact form below to learn if a property meets the qualifications for permanent conservation (typically, at least 500 feet or more of natural shoreline is needed, unless the property adjoins an existing conservation area). NWLT's staff are available to meet with landowners to discuss what conservation features are on a property and what tools are available to protect them.

View our video about our Shoreland Protection Initiative shown on WJFW Newswatch 12 featuring participants from VCLRA and NWLT.