Welcoming a New Neighbor
The Sand County Foundation, based in Madison, has sold their long-held conservation property adjacent to the Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm to the Jim and Margie Pines family. The 1,000 acre property is nearly contiguous, bound by the Wisconsin river to the north, Interstate 90/94 on the south, and bordered on east by Aldo Leopold Foundation property.
The Pines family has been our partner in conservation since 2005 through the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area (IBA) with property across the Wisconsin River (2,600 acres) from the Leopold Shack. The Leopold-Pine Island IBA is a mosaic of over 12,000 acres of land owned by public agencies, private non-profit organizations like the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and individual landowners like the Pines family. All the partners voluntarily work together to protect critical breeding habitat for over 150 species of birds.
Much like the continuing work of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Pines family purchase of the land adjacent to the Leopold Shack is motivated by family legacy. We’re certain that Leopold would have welcomed the new neighbors on the block, and we look forward to doing the same as we continue to grow our close partnership with the Pines family.
To read more about this exciting development, please read our latest e-news announcement and story in the Portage Daily Register.
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