Driftless Area Land Conservancy

A Wildlife Treasure

A Wildlife Treasure


It’s amazing how the passion of a single individual can impact so many lives, and over such span of time.On December 30, Helen Boley donated a 637-acre conservation easement to Driftless Area Land Conservancy on her very special property in northwest Iowa County.

Located within the Blue River Watershed, this beautiful property is roughly 1 ½ miles west of the 781-acre Dry Dog conservation easements – also protected by DALC – and two miles due south of the 80,000+ acre Lower Wisconsin Riverway.

“The idea of seeing a place that I’ve owned and loved for so long carved up for development is just abhorrent to me. As a community and culture we must do better. “

This unique landscape, which includes Driftless Area outcrops and rock features, unique pine relict communities and over 6,000 feet of a Class 2 trout stream, the Sand Branch, is a paradise for local nesting birds and wildlife.

“I’ve also willed my property to Driftless because I’m concerned with the changing whims of government agencies and how they view land. I love my land and I want to see it protected forever.  This is the right thing to do”

We’re incredibly grateful for Helen’s generosity, foresight and gift to posterity. To know that her special land will be protected forever is a wonderful gift to all of us as we usher in the New Year. Thank you, Helen!


Interested in conserving your land? We’re here to help…


Conservation tax incentives may expire at the end of this year, and a number of landowners are wondering if conserving their land is the right thing for their family.

Current income tax incentives could allow you to deduct up to 50% of your adjusted gross income, or if you are a farm family, up to 100%. To find out more, click here.

Each family situation is different, just like each parcel of land is unique. If you love your land and want to make sure there is a balance between conservation and development in the future, conservation could be a very good match. Call Dave Clutter at (608) 930-3252 if you’d like more information.

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