The Kinnickinnic River, where 40 acres of forest were recently conserved thanks to the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.

New preserve will let community experience the Kinnickinnic River

Local land trust will acquire 40 acres of riverside lands, opening up a large area for public use.

A successful fundraising campaign, bolstered by matching funds from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, will create a new community forest in Western Wisconsin, as reported by Greg Seitz of St. Croix 360.

The 40-acre parcel of old-growth woodland in River Falls, WI, is special in more ways than one. It “will keep prime land undeveloped on the river’s scenic canyon,” and, “in addition to protecting forest and providing river access,” connects to a previously inaccessible school forest.

By providing the missing puzzle piece in a larger area of already-protected land, this acquisition provides enormous benefits. It will be an outdoor classroom, a vital access point for anglers, and a source of exploration and adventure for the entire community.

Featured image by Pam Corey, 2010.

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