The Carerra Conservation Easement
Judy Lovaas lived in her home in Crystal Lake for nearly 50 Years. It was where she and her husband John and their two sons lived, nestled among three acres of old oak and hickory trees.
There was a small barn where they kept a few animals, and a historic school house, Holcombville School, built in 1858. After her husband passed away, Judy decided to make their Wisconsin home her permanent residence, and she worried about who would buy her land. What would become of the oak trees that have been there for over 200 years?
Judy worked with The Land Conservancy on a conservation easement that would protect the oak trees and prevent the property from ever being developed. She worked with county and state agencies to plaque Holcombville School, and to ensure the school's footprint is also protected in the easement.
Below: The Holcombville School dates back to 1858.
Once the terms of the easement were in place, Judy had the peace of mind that no matter who bought the property, it would be preserved forever. A new chapter in the life of this land began when the Carrera family became the new owners. Jonathan and Alana and their five young children fell in love with the property and are settling in to this place they’ll call home for many years to come.