How It Works

The Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve is a non-profit organization supported by private funds. As a local land-trust the MIWP helps protect the scenic and natural qualities of Madeline Island by acquiring land through donation, bequest, or direct purchase, and by holding conservation easements.

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.

Purchasing land directly enables the Wilderness Preserve to ensure the continuation of unspoiled areas on the island. As critical properties become available and funding permits, these areas are acquired and protected consistent with wise land management, including educational, research, and public use. 

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.