November 2020: A Message from Our Director

Dear Wolf River Conservancy friend,

In just a matter of months, the pandemic has dramatically reshaped our society. Yet one thing has remained constant – the role nature and the outdoors contribute to our health and overall wellness. People are turning to the outdoors now more than ever for exercise, socializing, experiential learning, and mental escape.

The Wolf River Greenway and wilderness areas along the Wolf River are no exception. We are reporting unprecedented usage – whether it is from individuals and families biking along the trails of the Wolf River Greenway, learning to kayak at Epping Way Lake, picnicking along a sandbar of the Wolf River or assisting Conservancy staff with installing nest boxes. It is clear that people in Shelby County need the outdoors and in turn, the Wolf River Conservancy.

As we reflect on the ever-evolving changes of this year, I want to thank you for your support and commitment. Because of you and your unwavering support, the Wolf River Conservancy, as an accredited land trust, remains committed and focused on our mission. We know how critical it is to preserve our natural treasures and to provide safe and accessible ways to enjoy the outdoors. This is the heart of our work.

Only with your support are we able to:

  • Conserve land: In 2020, we have achieved a new milestone by protecting over 1,000 additional acres in the Wolf River watershed, including properties such as Rossville Farm, Forgotten Waters, and Spirit Fork. These crucial wetlands filter and recharge our drinking water, offer biological habitat and floodplain protection and provide needed recreation for our communities.
  • Educate our community: We have hosted virtual programs for over 1,300 participants and led small in-person outdoor, educational experiences for youth and adults.
  • Offer accessible and safe recreational opportunities: We have connected thousands to the Wolf River and the Wolf River Greenway as an opportunity for biking, walking, running, paddling, and exploring. Two miles of the Wolf River Greenway were completed this year, and three miles are currently under construction, including the important connection to the Shelby Farms Greenline.

Together we can make tremendous strides in continuing to protect critical lands and provide safe outdoor experiences within the Wolf River watershed. 

Would you please consider an additional year-end gift to continue our work to protect and preserve the Wolf River for now and future generations?  It is easy to do, just  visit our website at We are grateful for your continued support. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Keith Cole

Executive Director

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