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July News and Updates

Celebrating Driftless Legacies We had perfect weather, a beautiful setting, and terrific company for our annual Legacy Picnic last week! This event is a celebration of our Legacy Society - supporters who have made the commitment to include DALC in their estate plans. Their dedication ensures there will always be a bright future for our wonderful Driftless. Interested in joining this great group? It's easy! Visit our Legacy Society page to learn more.


Join Us for a Restoration and Land Management Tour

Are you a landowner wondering how to get started with a habitat restoration project? Don't miss our land management tour at Spring Valley Tract, coming up on Saturday, August 12th as part of Land Trust Days. You'll see what a difference just a few years of management can make and learn how to get going on your own project. Find more details and register now!


Evenings Afield: Biological Farming and Perennial Crops Biological farming is an integrated farming system that employs natural biological processes to dramatically improve agricultural yields and reduce farm costs. Visit fields managed by Gary Zimmer, author of The Biological Farmer, then explore a variety of perennial crops including elderberries and blueberries with Patrick Michaels. This event will be held Thursday, August 10, 6-8PM, at Twin Crix Farm south of Spring Green. Registration is required. Can't make it in August? Don't miss our final Evenings Afield of 2023 in September! Learn more here.


Volunteer Opportunities

Our bi-weekly volunteer workdays continue at our beautiful ambassador properties. Get outside, make a difference, and enjoy the Driftless!

  • Saturdays at Spring Valley: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Upcoming dates: 8/5, 8/19

  • Sundays at Sardeson: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Upcoming dates: 8/6, 8/20

  • Wednesdays at the Wetland: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Upcoming dates: 8/2, 8/16

Find more details and let us know you're coming at our Volunteer page.


Notes From the Field Thanks to our kind partners at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, our Legacy Picnic last week took place at the perfect spot to think about the past, present, and future of the Driftless: the Taliesin estate. Surrounded by ancient hills carved by millions of years of trickling water, we could see, in the farmland, highways, and forests, the results of a few short centuries of massive changes on the land. We also saw the beauty of historic savanna habitats restored, and the breathtaking art inspired by the wonder of the Driftless. We talked about what it will take to preserve the farms, hills, coulees, and waterways we love, while growing and shifting to meet all the changes that will inevitably come. A bright future for the Driftless depends on sustainable farming and dedicated management of native habitat. It depends on the urgent protection of land before it's lost to development. And it depends on you - people who not only believe in our mission, but make it possible; who cherish the Driftless, and inspire others to do so too. Land trusts are in the forever business. We're so glad to have you here with us! Emilee Martell Development Associate emilee@driftlessconservancy.org

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