Land Trust preserves remain open to hikers

While the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) has canceled all programs in response to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, the organization’s 30 nature preserves are open to the public.

“As you may find yourself cooped up inside over the next days and weeks, know that OWLT preserves are out there waiting for you to experience,” OWLT Stewardship Coordinator Josh Schlicht wrote in a press release.

Schlicht encourages those who visit the preserves to adhere to social distancing guidelines and to bring a trash bag to collect trash and help keep the preserves clean.

 “The recent snowmelt has made any trash present very visible. Roadsides, trails and riverbanks are particularly hard hit with trash every year,” he said. “If you are willing to take the trash home with you that is great, otherwise inform us and an OWLT staff member can coordinate a pickup.”

OWLT officials encourage visitors to post pictures of their visits on social media or on the group’s blog,

 OWLT is a private nonprofit group founded in 1992 to preserve natural areas and open spaces.

For a list of preserves, visit




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