Land Donation and Conservation Easements
How Your Land Can Become A Part of The Preserve
Donated or bequeathed land that is appropriate to include as Wilderness Preserve property is held and maintained by the Wilderness Preserve. If a donor has specific wishes for the donated land, these wishes should be discussed with the Wilderness Preserve. Because the Wilderness Preserve is a non-profit organization, donated land may be deductible from federal income and estate taxes.
Conservation easements are cost effective ways of protecting land for special purposes, including scenic enjoyment, wildlife and watershed protection, and forest preservation. The easement places permanent limitations on use as determined by the landowner and the organization that will hold the easement. The easement becomes part of the title to the property. If IRS criteria are met, conservation easements are deductible as charitable contributions.
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Donated Land: Island’s End Forest
Thirty-one years ago a group of residents from the north end of Madeline Island gathered at the home of Bob and Norma Schaub. The group discussed concerns that development pressure would move to the interior of the Island as lakeshore property was bought up. Lovers of the Island could lose the very essence of what they had come to enjoy the most; the undisturbed wilderness of Madeline Island.
This gathering began formation of what is now the Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve, and Norma and Bob Schaub became founding members.
In 2017, Mark Allsup, son of Norma Schaub, donated the Island’s End Forest to the Preserve. Island’s End Forest is a 27+ acre parcel of interior forest land at the northeast tip of Madeline Island and adjacent to existing Preserve land.
The Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve is deeply grateful for this generous gift. Mark has furthered the Preserve’s goal to protect and preserve natural areas on Madeline Island for the enjoyment of all. Thank you, Mark!