Driftless Area Land Conservancy

From the Leopold Shack to Her Own Land

 Meet Nan Fey, a Conservationist for the Next Generation

Driving along picturesque County Road ZZ, a half mile or so north of Governor Dodge State Park in Dodgeville Wisconsin, one can find themselves awestruck as they take in the outstanding scenic views.

This is the Driftless. You can find here, some of the prominent ridges, open grasslands, and oak-dominated woods that inspired the famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

It’s also here, in the inspiring drift, that a young girl developed her admirable land ethic.

“I grew up spending time at the Leopold Shack until my parents bought a farm and we turned our stewardship energies toward Iowa County.” shared, Nan Fey. “Fifty years later, it’s very gratifying to be protecting this wonderful property for generations to come with the help of the Driftless Area Land Conservancy.”

Nan’s beautiful 147-acre property includes 101 acres of oak dominated woods, as well as rare and declining oak savanna and pine relict communities. Remnant pine relicts persist on steep slopes and rocky cliffs within the property. Nan was proud to let us know her property “offers a home for wildlife as well as place for public recreation.”

But Nan’s property, like many other properties from Middleton to Dubuque Iowa, is threatened by the proposed Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission project.  If this line is built it will not only severely impact our inspiring views, it will drive property values down, and negatively affect natural wildlife populations.

Because of Nan’s decision to protect her property with a conservation easement with Driftless Area Land Conservancy she has safeguarded her land from future development and created a hurdle that can help prevent the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission line from being built there.

If you would like to learn more about the work of the Driftless Area Land Conservancy and how you too can protect you land please contact David Clutter at Dave@DriftlessConservancy.org.


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