Photos: NCCT’s second Holiday Potluck & White Elephant Gift Exchange

Once again, NCCT’s Holiday Potluck and White Elephant Gift Exchange resulted in an enjoyable evening for all.  Here are some photos of the fun.

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NCCT’s 2017 Annual Meeting


Please join us for NCCT’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2017!
The evening will begin at 5:00 pm with a social hour, followed by dinner and presentations by Janet Smith and Kevin Thusius, Director of Land Conservation at the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Take this opportunity to meet others interested in preserving the natural beauty of Central Wisconsin.
We will honor the landowners who preserved their property during the previous year with a gift, accolades, and their dinner. If you would like to sponsor one of their meals, indicate by checking the box “I would like to sponsor a Conservation Easement Benefactor for $36” on the reply card mailed to you, or on-line, and enclose the additional funds when responding. Go to this link to buy tickets:
Whether you can attend or not, please consider a contribution to NCCT. Your
support is greatly appreciated, and will be recognized at our event.

Please RSVP to NCCT by Friday, October 6.

Spring Event on May 13: Celebrating 4,000 acres & 50 conservation easements!

Lakeshore in summerJoin NCCT and the folks at Waypost Camp & Crossways Ministries on Saturday, May 13, from 1 to 5 pm. as we celebrate the milestone achievement of 4,000 acres of permanently protected land and 50 easements! 

This exciting and fun event will be held rain or shine at Waypost Camp on beautiful Mission Lake. The spacious lodge and other facilities are available in the event of rain. The day will include:

  • Brief presentations about the special natural resources and archaeological artifacts protected with this new conservation easement;
  • Hikes through the camp and its forest and wetlands;
  • Pontoon boat excursions with a lake expert to explore the pristine shoreline and aquatic plants;
  • Option to canoe or kayak from Mission Lake County Park, just across from the camp;
  • Birding with a local Audubon expert;
  • Kids activities, and
  • Snacks and beverages throughout the day.

Location: Waypost Camp on Mission Lake, 351 Crooked Lake Road, Hatley, WI. Mission Lake is in southeastern Marathon County in the Town of Reid. See this link for directions:,+Hatley,+WI+54440/@44.7807396,-89.3566784,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x8801cc7810908833:0xfd93ffdfb2a2b04e!8m2!3d44.7767033!4d-89.3465718

Calling all volunteers: Attend the Monitor Training Workshop!

Monitoring NCCT’s protected properties is a great way to get involved and only takes a few hours of your time!  NCCT would like all volunteers, whether experienced or interested, to attend our first Monitor Training workshop. Here are the details:

Date: May 4, 5-7 pm.

Location: Alan Haney Farm, 1990 Star B Hill Lane, Custer, Portage County

Registration: Call NCCT at 715-344-1910 or email us at


Invasive Species Management Work Day a Great Success!

NCCT’s April 1, 2017 work day was no joke! We gathered over 20 students, landowners, and NCCT supporters to tackle Autumn olive and other invasives on Alan Haney’s farm, and toured his beautiful property, including restored prairie, pristine lakeshore, and the bubbling Tomorrow River. After a hearty lunch, generously sponsored by Anderson O’Brien Law firm, the group traveled back to Stevens Point to tour Bob Freckmann’s diverse gardens and landscapes. Thanks to Alan Haney and Bob Freckmann for hosting the tours, and to the Land Conservation Society and Conservation Leadership Corps for providing enthusiastic muscle!IMG_4989 IMG_4952 IMG_5009 IMG_4953 IMG_4955 IMG_4970 IMG_4974 IMG_4978 IMG_4985 IMG_4992 IMG_5005

Invasive Species Management Work Day, April 1, 2017!

Register with NCCT by March 31st and help control invasive plants on our protected properties! We will be visiting a beautiful working farm in Custer, then a unique property with many wetlands right in Stevens Point. We will help the landowners by cutting and pulling buckthorn, garlic mustard and non-native honeysuckles.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hike these wonderful places, learn from experts about invasive species and how to control them, meet really interesting people, and get a free lunch!

Call NCCT at 715-344-1910 or email us at

Freckmann property

Freckmann property

Fun had by all at NCCT’s Winter Potluck

Our holiday potluck at Central Rivers Farmshed in Stevens Point was a great success! There were many delicious home made dishes passed, stories told, and inventive white elephant gifts bestowed upon the lucky..and not so lucky.

Jo appreciates her white elephant massage book

Jo appreciates her white elephant massage book

Jan and Magdalena exclaim over scented skunk

Jan and Magdalena exclaim over scented skunk

Cindy & Dave wonder: "What to do with this?"

Cindy & Dave wonder: “What to do with this?”

The Prize of the night: a hand made birdhouse!

The Prize of the night: a hand made birdhouse!



Annual Meeting 2016


Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
North Central Conservancy Trust’s Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, October 20th at Great Expectations, The Eatery in Wisconsin Rapids. Join us to celebrate the successes of the past year which include the completion of two conservation easements, the donation of one property, and the hiring of our new Executive Director. The evening will start at 5 pm with a social hour, followed by dinner and presentations. Roger Zimmerman, Board of Director member and award-winning nature photographer, will speak about conservation easements and their importance to diversity.
NCCT will honor the landowners who preserved their property during the previous year with a gift, accolades, and their dinner. Whether you can attend or not, please consider a contribution to NCCT. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Click HERE to attend event. 
NCCT has preserved over 3,900 acres of rural land due to the voluntary action of landowners who care about the preservation of our land and the quality of life in our communities. We hope you will join us to celebrate in October!

Roger Zimmermann Speaks About His Year-long Photography Adventures

2015 Summer Event

North Central Conservancy Trust’s Summer Event was held at Council Grounds State Park in Merrill on Saturday, August 8th. NCCT’s annual Summer Event is a day where we highlight our preserved properties with a hike and picnic. Attendees had the option of touring the nearby 150-acre Klade conservation easement and/or the 40-acre Krenz conservation easement. Fifteen members came out to learn more about these great Lincoln County properties NCCT helped protect! The annual potluck and social was held in Council Grounds State Park. Many thanks to our event leaders Annette Klade, Stacy Pettit, Vilas Krenz, and Kerry Brimmer.

2015 Spring Event

Lost Creek Driving Directions Map

Click image for larger view of map.

Join North Central Conservancy Trust for a Spring Event on Saturday, May 30th at Lost Creek in Portage County. Lost Creek is a Wetland Mitigation Site currently owned and managed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. From 10:00 until 11:30 am Gerry Janz and Nancy Stevenson will lead an educational program on the birds present and the habitats they occupy at this unique site.

Gerry Janz has a biology degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and is an active member of the Aldo Leopold chapter of the National Audubon Society serving as Vice President. He credits his knowledge from being “a student of birds and the world around me” for most of his life. Gerry and Nancy teach a course at the Clearing Folk School about bird identification and behavior.

Nancy Stevenson is a naturalist and former licensed bird bander. She is the former Director of Children’s Programs and Summer Naturalist at Jordan Park Nature Center in Stevens Point. Nancy conducts birding workshops and has taught Elderhostel classes in birding and nature study.

Join fellow NCCT members, learn something new, and enjoy a beautiful day outside!


Annual Meeting 2014

Many thanks to our members who attended North Central Conservancy Trust’s Annual Meeting on October 7th at The Hills Restaurant at Greenwood Hills Country Club in Wausau. The evening started with a social hour, followed by dinner and presentations by Betsy Kerlin and Roger Zimmermann. The Annual Meeting was an opportunity to celebrate the successes of the past year which included the protection of over 160 acres and the hiring of our first intern, April Ann Opatik.  The silent auction fundraiser at the Annual Meeting raised $841.00 to support the mission of NCCT to protect worthy scenic, working lands, and environmental resources for the benefit of the people of central Wisconsin. Thank you for your support!




2014 Summer Event

North Central Conservancy Trust’s Summer Event was held at the Benn Conservancy in Rosholt on Saturday, August 9th. NCCT’s annual Summer Event is a day where we highlight one of our preserved properties with a hike and picnic. This year, in addition to the nature hike lead by Alan Haney, NCCT offered family friendly nature activities for our younger members including nature journaling and pine cone bird feeders. Thirty five members came out to learn more about this great public preserve, which NCCT helped protect! A potluck followed the hiking and nature activities at the Lions Club shelter on Mill Pond. Many thanks to our event leaders Jim Grygleski, Alan Haney, Janet Moore and Erin Thompson and the Public Relations Committee who helped plan and run the event.

Click link for location of Benn Conservancy: Benn Conservancy Map


Leaving a Forested Legacy Workshop

Land Trust Partnerships for Private Landowners

barred-owlThe preservation of forested land held in private ownership is an important legacy to leave to future generations. The Center for Land Use Education, in partnership with  North Central Conservancy Trust, will present a workshop in April to address the issues  of land ownership succession and forest fragmentation.

Over the next 20 years, most of Wisconsin’s privately owned forestland will be passed on  to the next generation. Decisions made by all private forest landowners (PFLs) now and  in the future can have long-reaching impacts on the ecological, social, and economic benefits forests provide to everyone, not just the landowner.

Do you own a forested tract? Are you concerned with protecting it, and passing it along to your heirs? There are options which can help you. The Leaving a Forested Legacy Workshop will address ways to protect your land from undesirable development or use, even when you are no longer able to oversee it. You will also be able to find out ways to pass this legacy to your children and grandchildren.

Expert panelists will speak on the following topics: family land ownership issues, land conservation options through land trusts, understanding local land-use regulation options to address forest fragmentation, and estate planning.

When: Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Lee S. Dreyfus University Center, Room 374, 1015 Reserve Street, Stevens Point
Contact: Betsy Kerlin at 715-344-1910 or to register for the event.
Please register by Monday, April 7th

This workshop is being offered at no cost thanks to the support of our partners at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Summer Event 2013

Summer EventNorth Central Conservancy Trust held their annual Summer Event on Saturday, August 24, 2013. The day started with a beautiful morning hike on Jack Scholz’s property in Wausau. In the summer of 2008, Jack contacted NCCT and started the process to protect 68 acres of his property originally purchased   by his grandfather. The focal point of the property is the forest of large white pine and hemlock along the Prahl Creek ravine. There are reputed to be close to 100 trees approaching 3 feet in diameter. In March of 2009, Jack signed a conservation easement with NCCT, forever preserving a portion of the Prahl Creek ravine for the enjoyment of generations to come. Conservation easements like the Scholz easement helps protect in perpetuity quality habitats, species diversity, watersheds, and beautiful places with inspiring histories. About 18 attendees were able to join us for the hike.

Following the Scholz hike, a potluck and presentation were held at the nearby Dells of Eau Claire Park. Plenty of good food and conversation were on hand along the banks of the Eau Claire River, and attendees were able to meet new Executive Director Betsy Kerlin. Kerry Brimmer, long-time NCCT Properties Committee, Stewardship Committee, and Board member, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award. Kerry has volunteered for NCCT over the past 14 years, and was a volunteer when NCCT signed their first easement, the Mumford easement, which is located just upstream from the Dells of Eau Claire Park. Kerry has also been the driving force behind the management of many of our green properties, including the 260-acre Starpoint property in Adams County. Kerry shared that he felt honored to be included amongst the folks who have received the award in the past, including Bob Freckmann and David Hillier. He also shared that he has met many great friends through the organization. Thank you, Kerry, for your many years of service!

Annual Meeting 2013

The North Central Conservancy Trust held their Annual Meeting on October 15, 2013 at The Hills Restaurant at Greenwood Hills Country Club in Wausau. The Annual
Meeting is held once a year to celebrate the successes of the organization, rally support for land
preservation in central Wisconsin and to educate attendees about the importance of land
preservation. NCCT had a lot to celebrate; including over 3,000 acres preserved in central

The evening started with a social hour, followed by dinner and presentations by Alan
Haney, Betsy Kerlin, and award-winning writer and fifth-generation Portage County farmer,
Justin Isherwood. New to this year’s Annual Meeting was a silent auction fundraiser
containing items from area vendors and artists. Thank you to our membership and supporters for a successful event!