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

Executive Director

Ms. Stacy Santiago

President

Mark Lesko

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)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seno K/RLT Conservancy 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 that help mitigate the effects of climate change. In addition, the loss of these habitats has 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

Number of easements monitored annually

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

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteers

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 Conservancy’s primary 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 Seno K/RLT as a useful resource 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. We will continue to build working relationships with local townships and municipalities to facilitate future land preservation within these communities. Seno K/RLT Conservancy also drives to better serve and reach the communities we serve in Kenosha and Racine, by offering environmental and natural resources education programming to underserved populations as well as our conservation subdivisions. We will focus on bringing programs to these communities where they are, in their local parks and facilities with the aid and partnership of local organizations. These programs will aim to engage children and adults with the natural world around them and build a connection with nature that fosters responsible stewardship. 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 2025 and through this process, we will be continuing to amend our policies and procedures to meet all Land Trust Standards & Practices for Accreditation. We wish to continue to grow our membership by 15% (compared to 2020) by the end of 2023 through continued outreach. More members mean more visibility and potentially more volunteers. We have begun attracting and retaining a number of knowledge-based volunteers to help with easement monitoring and with outreach to landowners by suggesting resources and solutions to solving management concerns and issues as well as help with land management tasks on fee properties. We currently have retained 5 land management volunteers, just shy of our goal of 6 by 2023. More volunteers have been recruited and retained to help with education programs for both children and adults at our facility and/or at our conservation subdivisions and will continue to be throughout 2022. We are aiming for revenue growth of 15% (compared to 2020) by the end of 2023, through fundraising events, membership base growth, and facility rentals. Supplementing all of these strategies is a drive 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 additional staff to help 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 year with more grant funding 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 continue to devote more time to outreach with landowners by making suggestions and encouraging appropriate stewardship on these lands we protect. This is most important and has been the most successful within our conservation subdivisions. We also plan to continue hosting workshops and education programs at our home base of 127 acres which consists of forests, prairies, and wetlands within 5 miles of hiking trails. Seno K/RLT Conservancy successfully launched our community outreach program "Discovering Nature" in 2021 with multiple community partners. Over the summer of 2021 this program served over 200 children from underserved populations in Racine and Kenosha from 6 different schools and organizations and will be running again in the summer of 2022 with successful grant funding and fundraising. All of these facets have been integrated into a concurrent goal of Seno K/RLT Conservancy becoming an accredited Land Trust by 2025, which has progressed sufficiently to warrant a professional policy and procedure audit to assess readiness for accreditation application for 2023. Our continued growth and success will require us to pursue even more dedicated volunteers, partners, sponsors, and donors while nurturing a knowledgeable and supportive Board of Directors.

Financials

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SENO K/RLT CONSERVANCY INC

Board of directors
as of 1/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Mark Lesko

Seno K/RLT Conservancy, Inc.

Term: 2021 -

Aaron Mencke

Betty Adelman

David Rogers

JoAnn Bolton

Kevin Nolan

Mark Lesko

Chris Litzau

Janet Lesko

Ronald Rasmussen

Kelly Wilson

Scott Edwards

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 01/27/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

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Gender identity

 

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Disability