Land Preservation

The Seno K/RLT Conservancy

The Seno K/RLT Conservancy was established in 2014 through a merger of the Kenosha/Racine Land Trust (K/RLT) and the WWOA Foundation, Inc. which owned and managed Seno Woodland Education Center and Drumlin Farm.  The WWOA Foundaion and the K/RLT Conservancy merged into one entity: Seno K/RLT Conservancy.

Seno K/RLT Conservancy is dedicated to sustainable forestry, natural resources education, conservation and land preservation. The Conservancy owns 53 acres in the Pleasant Prairie Des Plaines River Basin and holds 19 conservation easements on about 1000 acres in the two county areas. Adding the 213 Seno acres, raises land permanently protected to 1266 acres.

The merger brings together two like-minded organizations with aligned goals to carry out the legacies of Dr. Elvira Seno and Dr. Shirley Peterson – the two women who made Seno and Drumlin farm possible.

The Merger of Kenosha/Racine Land Trust & WWOA Foundation 

Since being established in 1993, the Kenosha/Racine Land Trust has focused on permanently preserving land and restoring wildlife habitat. Coincidentally, during the same time period, the nearby WWOA Foundation (a.k.a. Seno Woodland Education Center) has directed efforts from its 210 acre facility in western Kenosha County on educating the public on sustainable forestry and related environmental issues. To leverage the strength of each, as of June 20, 2014 the two organizations have merged. Kenosha/Racine Land Trust was retained as the legal name; however the Seno name and mission will remain prominent in all we do. Together the combined organization will be financially stronger and better able to achieve its land preservation mission through forestry and environmental education.

The Seno Woodland Education Center was founded in 1994 as a non-profit foundation by the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association (WWOA) with 130 acres of land donated by Dr. Elvira Seno. Its Articles of Incorporation provided for acquiring land for conservation purposes and educating the public on prudent land management for sustainable forestry purposes and related benefits to wildlife and natural beauty.

Dr. Seno established a tree farm on her late 1800’s wooded farmstead that she eventually wanted used as an education center focused on sustainable forestry. To prepare for that day Dr. Seno and her brother Les Seno planted an additional 50,000 trees.  She also included a generous monetary gift in her estate plan to renovate the barn for related classroom work.

Coincidentally, Dr. Shirley Peterson had a vacation property about 3 miles from the Seno Center, and she too wanted the woods and wetlands she called Drumlin farm preserved and used for environmental education. To complete her dream she donated her 83 acre farm to the Foundation along with a generous funds that were turned into an endowment to support our environmental programing.

While K/RLT owns land, it lacked physical facilities required to conduct in depth environmental programs.

Both organizations share a passion for sustainable land management and land preservation. Both organizations want Wisconsin’s forests viably producing commercial wood well into the future. Both organizations believe in preserving wetlands, farm lands and sustainably managing wildlife. The new merged organization provides a stronger platform for achieving these objectives.

Seno K/RLT Conservancy Board of Directors & Officers

  • Betty Adelman –  Facebook Admin
  • JoAnn Bolton
  • Mark Lesko
  • Chris Litzau
  • Chuck Haubrich – Vice President/ Treasurer
  • Ron Rasmussen – President  ( cell #262-716-8560)
  • David Rogers