At the southeast corner of Chippewa Falls just off Highway 29 is an 80-acre treasure called Kemper Woods, where Dr. Charles Kemper has banded and recorded an estimated 100,000 birds since he bought the parcel in the early 1950s. "That purchase turned out to be the best investment I ever made," he said. His decision benefited his work with nature and triggered a chain of events that permanently preserve the area for all to enjoy.
Because the Kemper family strongly felt that the land should remain as wildlife habitat, they worked with the Chippewa County Land Conservancy and Chippewa Valley Wildlife Society to permanently preserve the site. Kemper Woods now serves as a forested component of a fully protected landscape that extends from wooded hilltop to open water marsh.
"In going about our daily lives, it is easy to forget that we live in a very special place," said Dan Masterpole, Director of Chippewa County's Land Conservation and Forest Management Department. "It is important to take good care of things while we are here to pass this place along to others so that they can enjoy it as much as we do."
The Living Land Endowment Fund allows those who appreciate nature to work together by investing in the quality of the environment and in the future of their community.
Grants support efforts to preserve land and natural areas in Chippewa County as recommended by fund advisors.