What We Do

  • Identify, evaluate, and protect land using conservation easements, land gifts, and purchases;
  • Work cooperatively with other conservation organizations, government agencies, attorneys, estate planners, developers, and private citizens to protect land;
  • Provide non-destructive public access to appropriate protected lands for education and recreation;
  • Provide stewardship of protected lands and established trails;
  • Present tours, events, and public education programs to foster understanding of our natural resources;
  • Educate the public about critical local, regional, and national environmental issues.

Since its founding, the Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy has protected over 1,600 acres of woodlands, agricultural lands, streams and wetlands. We maintain four trails for public enjoyment. These efforts are complemented by a very strong educational focus. We have successfully acquired grants to furnish the environmental center at R. B. Winter State Park and build the amphitheater. Annually, throughout April, the Linn Conservancy’s education committee sponsors a series of family-oriented events referred to as “Caring for Communities” to bring attention to the special qualities and pleasures to be enjoyed in our local natural environment. The Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance has monitored Buffalo Creek for many years and has been instrumental in securing grants for several stream protection and revitalization programs within the watershed.