The Nature Conservancy protected 161 acres of scenic bluffland in the Village of Nelson, purchasing it from Aimee Hemion and the estate of her late husband Dwight Hemion.
The land is located in Buffalo County along Wisconsin’s Great River Road.
The Conservancy acquired a portion of the south end of rugged bluffs known locally as Twin Bluffs.
The bluffs are covered with dry prairies, cliffs and oak openings.
The prairies and woodlands are home to a wide array of plants including this puccoon.
The land also provides habitat for wildlife including bald eagles and other raptors, red-headed woodpeckers (shown here) and migratory songbirds.
The property, known as The Nature Conservancy Addition to the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area, is open to the public for hiking, hunting, birding and other recreation opportunities.
Visitors will enjoy magnificent views from the bluffs over the Mississippi River valley.
To learn more about our work with partners to protect and restore the health of the Mississippi River, visit Nature.org/greatriver.