County, KMLT partners for parks
Walworth County and the Kettle Moraine Land Trust have signed a partnership agreement for the future planning and improvement of the County's Price and Natureland parks. The County Park Committee approved the agreement at its April meeting after soliciting a proposal from the land trust to assist with these parks.
Under the terms of the agreement, KMLT will provide the following: Complete a conceptual development plan for each park; develop more detailed restoration and land management plans for priority habitat areas; and host at least one activity annually in each of the parks.
“We're absolutely delighted to work with the county on these two beautiful parks and provide some of our land management and conservation educational programming expertise to the county,” said Gerald Petersen, KMLT president. “We are really looking forward to developing this partnership over the next several years to the benefit of county residents and visitors who enjoy these parks.”
County Board Chair Nancy Russell echoed Petersen's comments. “The land trust has been great to work with in the past on park and open space planning and we expect this new partnership agreement to build upon that working relationship.”
Kettle Moraine Land Trust is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation created “to preserve the natural heritage of the Kettle Moraine watersheds and nearby lands in Walworth County, Wisconsin, through partnerships in land conservancy and resource management.” In 2000, the KMLT was incorporated to manage a conserved, heavily wooded property called Island Woods, located centrally in the Lauderdale Lakes chain. From that beginning, KMLT now manages several preserves in the county and partners with land owners who create conservation easements to preserve a portion of their property.