Landmark works with local developer to create a community "win"
Completed project adds 104 acres to Bayfield County’s recreational offerings, featuring beautiful forested hills and winter views of Lake Superior and Chequamegon Bay!
In the spring of 2017, Landmark Conservancy began working with landowner Bob Davidson, local partners, and supporting residents to purchase this property. Landmark is fortunate to have a strong partnership with Bayfield County; our staff took a leadership role with the acquisition and the County will work to ensure the property is thoughtfully managed for recreational and conservation values. Grants were secured from the Wisconsin Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and Wisconsin Coastal Management Program for this acquisition.
The 104-acre property is located in the Bayfield orchard area, located near the top of North Pikes Creek and other protected lands. Originally planned as a conservation subdivision, many people didn’t support a development in that location. Instead, they desired to keep the property in its natural state and open to the public for non-motorized recreational opportunities. Fortunately, seller Bob Davidson agreed and worked hard to make it happen.
Recreation is an important economic driver for this region, and we are delighted to help improve visitors’ recreational experiences on the peninsula. If you are looking for beautiful forested hills and winter views of Lake Superior and Chequamegon Bay, visit the Fire Hill Forest Preserve property in the Bayfield area! The property can be accessed via Fire Tower Road off of Highway County J, but please know that a parking area does not yet exist. In the near future, Bayfield County will be working on some basic infrastructure improvements such as parking, signage, and initial trails. Anytime is a great time to visit the property, particularly in May/June during the migratory bird season, in the fall to appreciate the changing colors, or even in winter!
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