Northwood Alliance


The Northwood Alliance, Incorporated (NWA) is a nonprofit conservation organization registered in the state of Wisconsin and with the IRS as a 501(c)3.  The Northwood Alliance acts as an advocate for the local communities by educating, strengthening environmental networking and assisting in local action.


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Who We Are


The Northwood Alliance is a non-profit group that was formed in 1981 in opposition to Department of Energy proposals to locate a nuclear waste dump in either northern Wisconsin or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It was also instrumental in the successful defeat of the Crandon, Wisconsin underground zinc-copper project that had been proposed in a sulfide ore body located at the headwaters of the Wolf River, a grassroots struggle that took place over twenty-five years in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. 


Today our primary focus is the conservation of land and the protection of water in the border lakes region and the Lake Superior watershed. We believe in land conservation for the economic, social and intrinsic values to the public. As a necessary good to society we embrace sustainable forest management, as well as appreciate wilderness and wildlife habitat, and we strive for safe public recreation. 


Board of Directors:

Joe Hovel

Mark Hovel

Mary Hovel, Treasurer

Norm Poulton

Maggie Scheffer

John Schwarzmann

Susan Sommer

Mike Szurek

Al Warren

Nancy Warren, Secretary



Northwood Alliance is a grassroots conservation organization with no paid staff. Our board and volunteers cover their own expenses, and work strictly out of passion for resource protection, thereby assuring you that 100% of your contribution will be used for projects. We are a local-regional based group, in turn supporting Northwood Alliance supports conservation in the Northwoods and the Western UP. Please call with any questions or concerns, and consider helping either with a donation or by volunteering.

      There is a 5% processing fee for all online donations made     through Network for Good


If you prefer, you can
send contributions to:
Northwood Alliance Inc.
6063 Baker Lake Rd.
Conover, WI 54519



Partners in Forestry

Northwoods Land Trust

Keweenaw Land Trust

Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition

Upper Peninsula Public Access Coalition

Friends of Sylvania

Other information


Local issues Northwood Alliance is working on.


Kretz Lumber Co. Forest Family Field Day (9/13/2008)

Fragmentation presentation by Joe Hovel

Land conservation presentation by Evan McDonald


Jerry Woolpy remarks to the Oneida County Forestry, Land, & Outdoor Recreation Committee concerning ATV policy


Water: A Tragedy of Responsibility, article by Joe Hovel


NWA appeal of Ottawa National Forest Off-Highway Vehicle Connector Routes (10/30/2009)


What Does the Future Hold for Your Land? by Nancy Warren. The story of one conservation easement with Keweenaw Land Trust.


Popovich Conservation Easement







Northwood Alliance, Inc.

6063 Baker Lake Road

Conover, WI  54519


Photos by Neil Harri (aerial photo) and Mark Hovel.





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Last update 1 May 2012