Northland College transfers forest to land trustNorthland College transferred of the Sigurd Olson Memorial Forest to West Wisconsin Land Trust, a private nonprofit conservation organization. The transfer allows Northland College to continue educational activities without the burden of property ownership.
Northland College transferred of the Sigurd Olson Memorial Forest to West Wisconsin Land Trust, a private nonprofit conservation organization.
The transfer allows Northland College to continue educational activities without the burden of property ownership.
West Wisconsin Land Trust assumed ownership to consolidate management activities on Love Lake in Burnett County.
While many lakes and shorelines in northwestern Wisconsin experience increasing development, Love Lake will remain as wild as it is today, according to the nonprofit land trust.
As a result of conservation efforts by the Love Lake Association, nearly the entire southern half of the Lake is free of shoreline development. It’s deep, clear water and shorelines are fringed with thick forests. Like many other lakes in the region, Love Lake’s popularity began to contribute to an increase in lakeshore development.
The Otis family, who has congregated at Love Lake since the 1930s, feared development would threaten the lake.
In 1976, the Otis family donated a 183-acre forested property along Love Lake’s south and east shoreline to the Nature Conservancy. The property was transferred to Northland College in Ashland for use as an “outdoor living laboratory.”
Dedicated by the family to the memory of Sigurd F. Olson, the Sigurd Olson Memorial Forest honors the pioneering work of this northwoods wilderness advocate and Northland College alumni.
For several generations, the Otis family has been tireless stewards of what is now the Sigurd Olson Memorial Forest.
In the 1950s, the family hiked to the lake in the springtime to plant pine tree seedlings in open fields.
“I remember going to the lake with my uncles and cousins, with hundreds of small pine saplings. I still remember the bundles of tiny trees, their smell, the smell of the earth and our family’s joy in this endeavor,” said Duncan Otis.
To learn more about West Wisconsin Land Trust, call (715) 235-8850 or visit www.wwlt.org.