SENO K/RLT CONSERVANCY INC

Our Vision is to help foster a mutually beneficial relationship between the land, the water and the people.

aka Seno K/RLT   |   Burlington, WI   |  www.senokrlt.org

Mission

Our mission at Seno K/RLT Conservancy is not only to protect natural landscapes and areas of conservation value in Kenosha and Racine Counties for the benefit of current and future generations but also to educate the surrounding community on the value of sustainable natural spaces. We accept and monitor both conservation subdivision easements and private easements as well as run a sustainable forestry operation on properties we own. Our subdivision easements provide us with an opportunity to reach out to these communities of homeowners by providing guidance on responsible stewardship.

Ruling year info

1996

President

Mr Ronald Rasmussen

Main address

3606 Dyer Lake Rd

Burlington, WI 53105 USA

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Formerly known as

Kenosha/Racine Land Trust

Kenosha/Racine Land Conservation Fund, Inc.

EIN

39-1765195

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our land trust operates to address the environmental and conservation issues that come with rapid land development in Racine and Kenosha Counties as well as encouraging community engagement with the natural world, sustainable forestry, and environmental education. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture we lose 6,000 acres of natural land to development every day! These spaces are not only capable of keeping us connected to the natural world, but landscapes like wetlands, prairies, and forests help provide us with cleaner air and water as well as functioning as carbon sinks. In addition, the loss of these habitats have the potential to cut off environmental corridors for important animal species. We protect our land in perpetuity so we are always looking to the future, and we plan to make it one where we can all be responsible stewards of this planet's natural spaces and resources.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Land Preservation

Conservation Easements and
Fee Simple Land Purchases

Population(s) Served
Adults

Education opportunities for all ages teaching responsible stewardship and engagement with the natural world

Population(s) Served
Adults
Non-adult children

We have offered adult programs such as Chainsaw safety, Managing Your Woods for Removal of Invasives as well as Tree Planting Workshops for youth and adults. We co-sponsor along with other forestry organizations including Wisconsin DNR an annual all-day Woodland Owners Conference.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Trees We Love 2017

Hoy Audobon

Affiliations & memberships

Hoy Audobon - Trees We Love Award 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Seno K/RLT’s main goal for all its operations is to become recognized as a leader in conservation practices and a destination for natural resources and environmental education in Southeastern Wisconsin. We want local and regional communities to look to us as a resource and know that we are here for them regarding their interests in natural resources and land preservation. We strive continually to raise the bar on our collaboration with local organizations and municipalities to identify sensitive lands as well as with current landowners and subdivisions with which we already hold easements. Some rural towns and villages in Kenosha and Racine Counties have already passed ordinances requiring conservation easements to be in place when large tracts of land are developed, and we hope more will follow. Being a growing and sustainable Land Trust requires a strong knowledge base and solid credibility. To this end, we are seeking Land Trust Alliance accreditation within the coming years to enhance our credibility in Southeast Wisconsin.

Our growth and sustainability as a land trust are worth the world to us and our supporters, motivating us to continually revise and adopt new strategies. Currently, we are aiming to achieve Land Trust Alliance accreditation by 2023 and through this process, we will be amending our policies and procedures to meet all Land Trust Standards & Practices indicators. We wish to grow our membership by 15% over the next three years through focused outreach. More members mean more visibility and potentially more volunteers. One of our goals is to attract and retain 6 knowledge-based volunteers. Some of those volunteers could help with easement audits and with outreach to the residents by suggesting resources and solutions to solving stewardship issues on their open spaces. Some might help with outreach to villages and towns advocating for land preservation to combat urban sprawl. Some could help with education programs for both children and adults at our facility and/or at our conservation subdivisions. Some might wish to join our all-volunteer Board and grow as a director as we head toward accreditation. Also, we are aiming for revenue growth of 15% as well in those three years through fundraising events and facility rentals. More money means we can spend more on developing more programs and outreach. Supplementing all of these strategies is a need for collaboration with: local schools, local governments, and like-minded businesses that might also offer on-going financial support.

We are working actively to achieve our strategic goals year-round and most of this relies on our wonderful volunteers. Our board is an all-volunteer board and we are thankful for their dedication to our mission. We use their volunteer time as well as others who we recruit from the surrounding community to run our programs and facilities. We also have recently taken on one paid staff member and part-time contractor, both assisting in achieving our accreditation and facilitating our outreach goals. We have an invested endowment from which we only draw 4% on an annual basis to cover operational costs. Ultimately this covers about one-third of our total costs, and so our donations, membership fees, and facility rentals make up a large part of what allows us to continue to strive to meet our ever-rising standards. We seek to expand our funding opportunities in the coming years with dedication to grant seeking and partnerships with local businesses that share our values.

We currently protect 1266 acres of land as a predominantly volunteer-run land trust. We hold 19 conservation easements, many of which consist of subdivision easements that preserve environmental corridors as well as help bring nature closer to those who live there. We plan to work with villages and towns to promote conservation subdivisions when development is imminent, while still working to preserve farmland when possible. Holding a conservation easement and monitoring it is only the beginning of land preservation. There must be guided stewardship to be sure the land derives the maximum benefit from the easement. We plan to devote more time to Outreach to the landowners by making suggestions and encouraging appropriate stewardship on these lands we protect. This is most important for the conservation subdivisions where it requires owners working together with us through their HOA on a regular basis to accomplish this. We also plan to hold workshops and education programs at our home base of 127 acres which consists of forests, prairies, and wetlands within 5 miles of hiking trails. Our success in the future will require us to grow a greater number of dedicated volunteers and paid staff while nurturing a knowledgeable and supportive Board of Directors. All of this will be integrated into a concurrent goal of Seno K/RLT Conservancy becoming an accredited Land Trust in the next 3 yrs.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SENO K/RLT CONSERVANCY INC

Board of directors
as of 2/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Ronald Rasmussen

Seno K/RLT Conservancy, Inc.

Term: 2014 -

Aaron Mencke

Betty Adelman

David Rogers

JoAnn Bolton

Kevin Nolan

Mark Lesko

Chris Litzau

Janet Lesko

Ronald Rasmussen

Kelly Wilson

Nancy Kemp

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/02/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability