History and Mission

About NCCTNorth Central Conservancy Trust (NCCT) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the worthy, scenic, working lands and environmental resources for the benefit of the people of Central Wisconsin. NCCT works with landowners to develop easements that protect and preserve the conservation values of their properties.

NCCT began in Wausau in 1994, when the city proposed to cross an undeveloped parcel of land with a sewer line. The owners, Mary Clare and Joe Freeman, loved their land, and did not want to see the woodland severely compromised by the construction of a sewer. They were supported in their effort to oppose the construction by a neighbor, Jane Raymond-Wood, who contacted the Nature Conservancy for advice. The Nature Conservancy suggested a conservation easement, which the Freemans pursued. Needing an organization to hold the easement, the Freemans and Raymond-Wood recruited others who also were interested in protecting green-space and natural areas near Wausau, and NCCT was officially established as a non-profit organization. A few years later, the Wausau group joined forces with a similar group in Stevens Point, and the organization expanded. NCCT now serves eight counties in central Wisconsin, with over three dozen easements protecting over 3000 acres, as well as holding title to two properties in Adams County.