The Friends of the North Pikes Creek Wetlands (FNPCW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, grass-roots community organization committed to the protection, enhancement, and recreational and educational use of the North Pikes Creek Wetlands.

Origin of the Friends

The North Pikes Creek project was initiated in early 2012 by three friends from the Town of Russell. The Town's 2001 Land Use Plan supported the protection of the wetlands surrounding North Pikes Creek, and when several of these wetland properties were offered for sale in 2012, the three friends championing this project formed the Friends of the North Pikes Creek Wetlands organization, and prepared the necessary grant applications to secure the property. Grant funding from the Wisconsin Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, and the U.S. Forest Service Community Forest Program, was awarded in 2013 and 2014, and 280 acres of North Pikes Creek Wetland property became the Community Forest. In 2018 and 19, the FNPCW purchased an additional 120-acres of wetland property that was threatened by fragmentation and conversion, with generous funding from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, the Biodiversity Fund and the Four Cedars Environmental Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, the John C. Bock Foundation, the USFWS Joint Venture GLRI program, the Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation, and substantial community contributions from our members. Currently 400 acres of sensitive North Pikes Creek headwaters are protected in perpetuity.

This conservation advocacy organization, founded by three citizen activists, has since evolved into a robust Friends group comprised of enthusiastic community members who advocate for, and work cooperatively toward the protection, enhancement, and educational use of the North Pikes Creek wetlands. Membership in the Friends of the North Pikes Creek Wetlands is open to all who share our affinity for wild places, and support the Friends' mission. During the course of the land acquisition, numerous organizations and community supporters have made significant contributions toward the success of this wetlands project. The Friends group will continue to collaborate with community and governmental organizations, educational institutions, and our supporters, to ensure that the wetlands are a beneficial resource for our community.

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
~ Henry Ford