This beautiful hillside came to Driftless Area Land Conservancy in 2016 from long-time Mineral Point resident Roland Sardeson. We are excited for the future of this special piece of the Driftless -- a place where the public will soon be able to explore and enjoy. Property features, access instructions and maps will be available soon.
Roland was to many the embodiment of Mineral Point - he was creative, adventurous, and he loved his community.
“It was 1976 when I met Roland, he was skateboarding down Commerce Street,” shared Bruce Howdle, Roland’s longtime friend and neighbor. “Roland loved this part of the state, he grew up near here, he knew its history and ecology, and he understood the value of conserving land.”
In the fall of 2016 Roland called Driftless and asked that we visit him on his land. It is a beautiful piece of the Driftless, with towering rock outcrops, prairie remnants and views to the west overlooking a valley bottom with a sparkling meandering stream.
During the visit with Roland he mentioned that he was having some health challenges. Little did we know at the time, Roland was terminally ill and making plans for what to do with his land. Within weeks of our visit Roland passed away. He was facing his own mortality and yet had the vision and compassion to think beyond himself. Roland donated his 12-acre property to Driftless Area Land Conservancy and we’re honored that he chose to entrust us with his land legacy.
If you would like to be part of the advisory group for this property or volunteer as we begin to make management plans, please be in touch today via email or call our office at (608) 930-3252.