Landmark Conservancy has started a campaign to raise funds to build a new lower stairway for safer and better access to the Devil's Punchbowl. An endowment fund is being seeded at the Community Foundation of Dunn County as well, to provide for other long-term management needs of the Devil's Punchbowl.
They are asking for the community's help to transform the current lower stairway to a modern, safer structure that will improve recreational experiences and safeguard ecological resources through better management of off-trail traffic. Donations can be made here.
Matching funds have been secured – up to $30,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Knowles–Nelson Stewardship and $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Dunn County - so donations made now will be doubled up to $35,000.
Landmark Conservancy is a non-profit conservation organization serving 20 counties in western and northwestern Wisconsin. Their office is located at 500 E. Main Street in Menomonie.
Landmark Conservancy works primarily with private landowners who wish to conserve their land in perpetuity. Conservancy staff evaluates and select potential projects based on notable conservation values. They also work with local municipalities, state, and federal entities to create public preserves and trails for all to enjoy. Their primary tools for land protection are conservation easements and land acquisition.