Our History

The Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation, Inc. (CLCF) focuses on the ecosystem health of Wisconsin’s Cedar Lakes region, made up of Gilbert, Big Cedar, Little Cedar, Lucas, Silver and Quaas Lakes. Much of this area comprises the headwaters of Cedar Creek, which flows southeast to the Milwaukee River and ultimately to Lake Michigan.

Founded in 1974 by Geoff Maclay, CLCF is one of the oldest land trusts in Wisconsin. At that time, the newly formed CLCF recognized the need to protect a vanishing landscape that development could change irreparably.

Since its founding, CLCF has helped to protect over 70 properties totaling 2,962 acres. CLCF has employed such measures as fee simple purchases, conservation easements and deed restrictions to protect land in perpetuity.

A large oak tree in autumn at the Pick Nature Preserve

Our Mission

CLCF’s mission is to conserve the natural environment of the Cedar Lakes region.

Our Vision

Since 1974, CLCF’s vision has been to sustain the abundant natural beauty, clean water, and biodiversity of the Cedar Lakes region for generations to come.

At the heart of this vision is a vital land trust — one that is an important resource and works hand-in-hand with the community as well as with local, regional, and national conservation partners to protect and care for the natural aspects of our region.

CLCF’s Envisions:

Our Values

CLCF’s core values encompass:

A map of the land that CLCF has protected since 1974

There are a limited ways to have an impact that lasts beyond a lifetime.
Protecting land is one of those ways.