‘Discover Wisconsin’ to feature land trust event at Villa St. Joseph

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'Discover Wisconsin' videographer Teddy Meier shoots at St. Joseph Villa near La Crosse. (Discover Wisconsin photo)

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The “Discover Wisconsin” TV series will feature a Wisconsin Land Trust Days event that took place at Villa St. Joseph east of La Crosse.
During the half-hour show premiering on Sunday, June 14, Mississippi Valley Conservancy executive director Carol Abrahamzon will outline the organization’s mission to conserve native habitats and farmlands in the state’s Driftless area.
During the Hiking, Growing, Gazing event, the public toured the gardens, took in a sunset hike to a scenic bluff overlook and gazed at the stars with the La Crosse Area Astronomical Society.
“Discover Wisconsin” is the state’s leading media brand and tourism TV show. The episode premieres at 5 p.m. June 14 on WXOW.
The episode will be available for online streaming at the Discover Wisconsin website, Roku, Apple TV, SmartTV, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire.
Wisconsin Land Trust Days is a series of fun, outdoor events that land trusts host annually during August and September. They may look a little different this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Wisconsin Land Trust Days events give us the opportunity to introduce people to the work land trusts are doing in their communities,” said Mike Carlson, executive director of Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts.
“Land trusts are nonprofit organizations that work to protect land in perpetuity — ensuring Wisconsin’s natural resources, habitat, farmland, working forests, scenic areas, prairies and other special places are available for future generations,” Carlson said.
“Our job as an alliance is to give land trusts the tools they need to remain strong and sustainable so they can protect Wisconsin’s land, water, wildlife and way of life,” he said.
After the Villa St. Joseph event, host Mariah Haberman goes to the Yawkey Forest Reserve for the Lake Katherine Paddle Tour hosted by the Northwoods Land Trust in Hazelhurst.
The Yawkey reserve, which consists of more than 430 acres and protects 4.4 miles of Lake Katherine shoreline, is one of the largest donations of shoreline to a Wisconsin land trust.
The Discover Wisconsin crew also made their way to the annual Ride to the Barns event that Tall Pines Conservancy hosts in Waukesha County.
Rounding out the episode, Haberman heads to the Fungus Among Us event the Door County Land Trust hosts at the Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve in Baileys Harbor. Wild mushroom expert Charlotte Lukes shares her passion for conservation and fungi.
Discover Wisconsin’s official podcast, The Cabin, will feature Gathering Waters and Wisconsin Land Trust Days in episode 19. The broadcast, which premieres Tuesday, June 9, will be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and various other podcast streaming apps.
Discover Wisconsin’s “Wisconsin Land Trust Days ” episode will reach the show’s broadcast network of 600,000 viewers across the upper Great Lakes region, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Northern Illinois and Upper Michigan. Taylor Carruthers produced the episode.

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