A slender limestone peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan, the Door Peninsula is well-known in Wisconsin and beyond for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.
Its rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, marshy bays, fertile wetlands, and conifer forests provide habitat for plants and animals, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. The limestone that forms the rugged backbone of the peninsula is part of the Niagara Escarpment, an impressive work of geologic artistry that covers several states and two countries.
The Nature Conservancy has been working to protect wild places and wildlife on the Door Peninsula since 1962. We have three office staff and many volunteers who help us accomplish our mission. The Door Peninsula Office is located at 242 Michigan Street, Suite B103, in downtown Sturgeon Bay.
The Nature Conservancy is a non-profit conservation organization. Our mission is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
Working with local communities to protect natural areas on the peninsula while balancing human needs and economic health in the region.
The Conservancy owns 4,157 acres at five preserves on the peninsula, including:
|Ida Bay Forest||Sturgeon Bay, Door County||56 acres|
|Mink River||Liberty Grove Township, Door County||1,837 acres|
|Kangaroo Lake||Baileys Harbor Township, Door County||361 acres|
|North Bay||Liberty Grove Township, Door County||1,295 acres|
|Shivering Sands||Sevastopol Township, Door County||607 acres|
As of September 18, 2013, the Conservancy has helped protect a total of 6,654 acres on the Door Peninsula at these five preserves and at other places like Bayshore Blufflands, Toft Point, Jackson Harbor Ridges, Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest, and Whitefish Dunes State Park. This figure includes lands owned and managed by the Conservancy, conservation easements, government co-ops and assists.
Most Nature Conservancy preserves are open for public use as long as visitors enjoy these lands for passive recreation only — hiking, bird-watching, nature study, and photography. Deer hunting is allowed at preserves by permission only.
Mary Erickson, Door Project Assistant
Mike Grimm, Conservation Ecologist
Kari Hagenow, Door Peninsula Land Steward
Nicole Van Helden, Director of Conservation-Green Bay Watershed
If you have any questions about The Nature Conservancy's Door Peninsula project, please call us at (920) 743-8695 or stop by our office in Sturgeon Bay.
As part of our outreach effort on the Door Peninsula, we have put together a resource guide on coastal wetlands in Door County. The information was compiled by Madison Environmental Group as part of a grant funded through the Wisconsin Department of Administration Coastal Management Program. Click here to access the guide in pdf format. Click the link below if you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader.