Local Conservation Organizations
Door County Land Trust, Inc.
The Door County Land Trust (DCLT) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the scenic views, open spaces and ecological integrity of Door County. Since 1986, DCLT has protected over 5000 acres in Door County using a variety of land protection tools including; fee simple acquisition, donation of lands and donation or purchase of conservation easements. In accordance with DCLT’s Land Priority Plan for 2010-2015, land protection efforts will continue to focus on expanding protected scenic views and open spaces along the Door County Scenic Byway State Hwy 57 and Hwy 42 corridor north of Sturgeon Bay. As of date, DCLT has protected over 485 acres along the Hwy 57 corridor between Baileys Harbor and Sister Bay and another 45 acres in the Hwy 42 corridor between Ephraim and Fish Creek through land donations and conservation easements.
Door County Parks Department
Door County Parks Department in accordance with its Door County Parks and Open Space Plan outlines its vision and goals in continuing to maintain and improve the recreation facilities of its eighteen County Parks and expand the County Park System to meet the needs of Door County residents and visitors. Nine County Parks are found along the Door County Scenic Byway corridor, these include; Meridian County Park in the Town of Jacksonport, Cave Point and Olde Stone Quarry County Parks in the Town of Sevastopol, Cana Island and Baileys Harbor Ridges County Parks in the Town of Baileys Harbor, Door Bluff Headlands and Ellison Bluff County Parks in the Town of Liberty Grove and Murphy Park in the Town of Egg Harbor. The County Parks Department also manages in partnership with the State of Wisconsin the Ahnapee State Trail System.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit conservation organization, has been working to protect wild places and wildlife on the Door Peninsula since 1962. Its 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.
As of date, the Conservancy has helped protect a total of 7,210 acres on the Door Peninsula at five ecological preserves including; Bay Shore Blufflands in the Town of Egg Harbor, Mink River and North Bay Preserves in the Town of Liberty Grove, Kangaroo Lake in the Town of Baileys Harbor and Shivering Sands in the Town of Sevastopol. Additionally, the Conservancy has partnered with the County Parks, DNR and other conservation organizations to protect lands at other places like Toft Point, Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Mud Lake State Natural Areas, Meridian and Ellison Bluff County Parks and Whitefish Dunes State Park. A number of these preserves lie along the Hwy 57 and 42 Scenic Byway corridor and as opportunity arises, additional properties will be acquired in these preserve area boundaries.
The Ridges Sanctuary, Inc.
The Ridges Sanctuary’s mission is to protect the Sanctuary and inspire stewardship of natural areas through programs of education, outreach, and research. The Ridges’ unique landscape of thirty ridges and swales are geological formations from past Lake Michigan shorelines formed over the last 1400 years. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has recognized the Ridges and its surrounding landscapes as the most biologically diverse are in the State. Because of this diversity and unique ridge and swale landscape, The Ridges has been recognized as a Natural National Landmark by the National Park Service, an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, a Wisconsin’s Wetland Gem by the Wisconsin Wetlands Association.
Since 1937, The Ridges has protected over 1600 acres of land in the Hwy 57 Scenic Byway corridor at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor and along Logan Creek and Clark Lake in the Town of Jacksonport. In accordance with The Ridges Sanctuary strategic plan completed in 2008, critical lands affecting The Ridges and Logan Creek watersheds have been identified for future acquisition or protection through conservation easements. To develop more awareness, education programs range from citizen monitoring programs to involve volunteers in stewardship activities, family programs to connect children to the outdoors, and hikes along The Ridges’ trails to develop an appreciation for the unique landscape. The Ridges’ Nature Center is open from May – October to support programs and provide an orientation to the site for the 5,000+ visitors annually who hike the trails.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has protected over 8,000 acres along the Hwy 57 and 42 Scenic Byway corridor. These protected lands include Peninsula, Whitefish Dunes and Newport State Parks, Mud Lake State Wildlife Area and the Mud Lake, Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp State Natural Areas. As opportunity arises, the DNR will continue to acquire lands within the project boundaries of these areas.
Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc.
The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve Great Lakes maritime history, primarily focusing on Door County, Wisconsin, and provide interpretive and educational opportunities for current and future generations. Since its inception in 1969, the Museum has been the “keeper” of Door County’s maritime stories: commercial fishing, shipbuilding, lighthouse, and maritime commerce. Located between the bridges in downtown Sturgeon Bay, the year-round Museum offers a fun and educational experience for all ages. Through videos and interactive displays, five diverse galleries explore different facets of maritime lore: shipbuilding featuring a working periscope; lighthouses with Sherwood Point Lighthouse’s Fresnel lens; boats, engines, and motors; boat models; and the new featured exhibit “Ghosts! Haunted Lighthouses of the Great Lakes.” An in-water exhibit of the big red tug John Purves anchors the working waterfront. Don’t miss the other Museum experiences offered seasonally at the Cana Island Light Station in Baileys Harbor and the fishing tug Hope at Gills Rock! The Museum has recently undertaken a multi-year preservation project at Cana Island Light Station.
Our Governmental Partners
County of Door
The County of Door Board of Supervisors voted in the majority (20 yea / 1 nay) to support the DCCB in its efforts to secure inclusion in the WI DOT Scenic Byways Program. Various agencies of the County are actively involved in the DCCB efforts and are committed ongoing partners. These include, but are not limited to:
Door County Planning Department
Contact: Mariah Goode and Becky Kerwin, 920-746-2323
Door County Parks Department
Door County Highway Department
Contact: Commissioner John Kolodziej, 920-746-2500
University of Wisconsin Extension – Door County
Contact: Rob Burke, 920-746-2260
The Town and Village Partners
Town of Baileys Harbor
2392 Cty. Hwy. F, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
Contact: Clerk, Haley Adams, 920-839-9509
Town of Gibraltar
P.O. Box 850, Fish Creek, WI 54212
Contact: Clerk, Beth Hagen, 920-868-1714
Town of Jacksonport
3365 Hwy. V, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Contact: Clerk, Theresa Cain-Bieri, 920-823-8136; 3365 County Rd V Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
WI DOT Scenic Byways Applicant Municipality:
Town of Liberty Grove
11161 Old Stage Rd., Sister Bay, WI 54234
Contact: Clerk / Administrator, Walter “Bud” Kalms or Deputy Clerk, Janet Johnson, 920-854-2934
DCCB Program Coordinator: Ann Miller, 920-839-2288
Town of Sevastopol
4528 State Highway 57, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Contact: Clerk, Amy Flok, 920-746-1230
Village of Egg Harbor
P.O. Box 175, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
Contact: Administrator Ryan Heise 920-868-3334
Village of Ephraim
P.O. Box 127, Ephraim, WI 54211
Contact: Clerk/Administrator, Brent Bristol 920-854-5501
Village of Sister Bay
2383 Maple Drive
P.O. Box 769, Sister Bay, WI 54234
Contact: Administrator, Beau Bernhoft 920-854-4118
Our Partnering Organizations
The Door County Economic Development Corporation
The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents. Founded in 1989, DCEDC has been successful in helping existing businesses create and retain thousands of jobs through a myriad of programs and initiatives. Additionally, DCEDC places strong emphasis on fostering entrepreneurial instincts in county residents as well as those who vacation on the Door County Peninsula.
Contact: Door County Economic Development Corporation 185 E. Walnut Dr., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 920-743-3113
Destination Door County
Mission: Destination Door County is the official tourism Marketing organization for Door County whose mission is to generate incremental economic impact for the community by attracting visitors with strategies that ensure sustainable tourism.
Vision: Having established a national brand image for Door County, the DDC is a leader in community and member partnerships. The DDC is the region’s premier destination marketing organization, known for its organizational excellence, sustainable tourism initiatives and recognized countywide as the catalyst for economic growth in tourism for the area.
Brand Promise: Relaxing, Restorative, Maritime Experience
Door County Historical Society
P.O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Contact: President Jay Zahn 920-746-2286
Top of the Thumb Association
P.O. Box 10, Ellison Bay, WI 54210
Contact: Janet Johnson – www.ellisonbaydoorwi.com
Sister Bay Advancement Association
P.O. Box 351, Sister Bay, WI 54234
Contact: Louise Howson – www.cometosisterbay.com
Ephraim Business Council
P.O. Box 203, Ephraim, WI 54211
Contact: Lane Methner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Baileys Harbor Community Association
P.O. Box 31, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
Contact: Brynn Swanson – www.baileysharbor.com
Fish Creek Civic Association
P.O. Box 74, Fish Creek, WI 54212
Contact: Karlie Schultz – www.fishcreekinfo.com
Jacksonport Area Business Association
6275 Hwy. 57, Jacksonport, WI 54235
Contact: Joe Jarosh, www.jacksonport.net
East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission / Co-Chair – Niagara Escarpment Resource Network
400 Ahnaip Street, Suite 100, Menasha, WI 54952 Contact: Eric W. Fowle, AICP www.eastcentralrpc.org or www.escarpmentnetwork.org