We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization formed in 1994 by area property owners and concerned individuals who were interested in maintaining traditional rural land uses while preserving the unique natural characteristics of the Baraboo Range. Today, our members are of diverse backgrounds, in many locations, all sharing the recognition of the range as a vital, unique place.
The Baraboo Range Preservation Association is a land trust working to preserve and protect the qualities and culture of the Baraboo Range through promotion of ecologically responsible land use.
We achieve our mission through:
- Collaboration with groups having similar goals,
- Community education, and
- Land trust projects.
BRPA works with other groups with similar interest in the Baraboo Range, such as The Nature Conservancy and The Aldo Leopold Foundation. We also maintain affiliation with Gathering Waters Conservancy (GWC), a coalition of Wisconsin land trusts, the Land Trust Alliance, (LTA), a national association of land trusts and allied organizations, and adjoining land trusts in Wisconsin.
We have promoted environmental values through community educational opportunities such as the Cabin Fever Lecture Series. We also provide detailed information about the special qualities of the Baraboo Range, including the distribution to local property owners, schools, civic leaders, and broader community information regarding impending threats to the environment.
Our land trust activities center on the acquisition of conservation easements, agreements between the land trust and property owners protecting environmentally strategic areas in the Baraboo Range. As of April 2014 we have completed land protection agreements with 33 landowners of nearly 3,600 acres of important forests, farms, streams, wetlands, bluffs, and natural areas.