Protect Twice the Land That Makes Door County Special


"We feel the most soul-stirring and wonderous moments have been in Door County."
- Jean Van Den Brandt

John and Jean Van Den Brandt are putting their money where their passion lies—in protecting the wild spaces of Door County for future generations. The celebrated wildlife photographer and his wife and field assistant, Jean, have visited some of the most remote landscapes on the planet—hundreds of miles from a road and within yards of wildlife in their habitat untouched by man. Yet, the couple’s concern for the protection of nature is focused on the Door County peninsula. The pair recently presented the idea of a matching gift challenge to Door County’s Land Trust (DCLT) to inspire more people to join the organization’s land protection efforts.

“We think it’s crucial that it [the Acquisition Fund] gets replenished so that the Land Trust can seize future opportunities when critical habitat suddenly becomes available.”

- John Van Den Brandt

“I think anyone who loves Door County at some point has that moment where they have that little bit of apprehension thinking about what this will be like 50 years from now, or beyond,” John says. “We think that this is the time to consider doing something that is more than just making a gift or contribution. It’s an investment in the future of Door County.”

The challenge works in this way: For each first-time donation to the Land Acquisition Fund, the Van Den Brandts will match the gift dollar for dollar, up to $40,000. Donate online using the form below. Every donor who makes a gift during the challenge will receive a Door County Land Trust calendar featuring several of Van Den Brandt’s photographs.


Witnessing the Land Trust’s recent, swift purchase of ecologically important land through the Land Acquisition Fund inspired the couple to make efforts now to replenish the fund’s coffers. “We think it’s crucial that it gets replenished so that the Land Trust can seize future opportunities when critical habitat suddenly becomes available. The window of opportunity to purchase and protect those keystone parcels of land might only be once in our lifetime,” John says

To read the full story, please view the most recent issue of Landings Journal online.

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