Good news that on December 21, 2018, Groundswell and the Town of Dunnpermanently protected two more farms (here and here).  Over the last 21 years, our partnership with the Town has resulted in the preservation of 30 properties totaling more than 3,200 acres of prime farmland, woodlands, and wetlands.

One of these newly protected farms is owned by Bill and Roz Gausman, long-time dairy farmers in the Town. Their pasture-based dairy operation was ahead of its time and their milk was used to make artisan cheeses here in southern Wisconsin.

Our sincerest thanks go to the two families who have protected their farms for future generations. Thanks also to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for providing funding and to the residents of the Town of Dunn – who have made their Rural Preservation Program an amazing success and funded these latest easements with their own tax dollars.

To each of you – supporters, partners, volunteers, and landowners – our deepest gratitude for your care and generosity, which is protecting our special places, forever.