History

BRPA incorporated in 1994 as a grassroots organization of landowners from the "Happy Hill" region of our western Baraboo Range. Future expansion of U.S. Highway 12 became a major concern for folks interested in protecting the qualities and culture of their hills from an influx of development. What started as informal educational outings gradually turned into the formation of a local land trust.

In 2002 BRPA was awarded a capacity grant by their longtime partner, The Nature Conservancy, who offered financial and professional support, enabling us to hire David Wernecke as our first Executive Director. TNC was largely responsible for helping to create a $ 12.5 million dollar fund that would mitigate against the Highway 12 impact.

 

Our state land trust organization, Gathering Waters Conservancy, and national organization, Land Trust Alliance, also played a key role in helping us become a more professional entity ready to negotiate conservation easements with willing landowners.

Inspired by our two local heroes, former Devil's Lake State Park Naturalist Ken Lange, and Loganville farmer/naturalist Harold Kruse, BRPA has evolved into an organization that honors the contributions toward a sustainable future envisioned by so many people all those years ago.

Authors Ken Lange, pictured bellow on the left, and Harold Kruse pictured on the right, back in September of 2000.

 

Come by our office to pick up a free copy of

Harolds's Natural Areas in the Baraboo Hills

to begin your adventures in our timeless lands

of ancient rocks & vanished glaciers

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 205

124 2nd Street, Room 33

Baraboo, WI 53913

 

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Contact Us At:

brange@baraboorange.org

608-355-7512

 

© 2019 Baraboo Range Preservation Association is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.