john lashua and Linda shealey at oconto preserve

Oconto, WI (November 6, 2017) – Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust (NEWLT) has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $1000 Green Gift from Cellcom to support the Oconto Wetland Preserve.

In 2015 Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust purchased 70 acres of natural land in the City of Oconto. The Oconto Preserve is comprised of high-quality wetlands that are critical to maintaining drinking water quality in northeast Wisconsin and to maintaining habitat for migratory birds that rely on Green Bay’s coastlines. The wetland is located across the street from Oconto High School and readily accessible to students and community residents. The Green Gift from Cellcom will help with public accessibility projects in the coming year. Plans are to install a safety gate to guide vehicle traffic safely through the preserve, add two property signage kiosks to increase site visibility and accessibility, and perform trail maintenance to increase public usage and safety for all user groups.

“The City of Oconto and Oconto County are enthusiastic and supportive of their new wetland nature preserve. The preserve benefits residents and improves quality of life in Oconto by creating an outdoor destination in the city. As with any public preserve, the site not only protects water quality and wildlife habitat in northeast Wisconsin, but also promotes healthy lifestyles and provides nature-based learning opportunities for children and adults. The current enhancement is a next step in making the preserve safer, more accessible, and enjoyable for all users and residents,” said Linda Shealey of NEWLT.

Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust was among 33 green organizations that received a share of the $44,000 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.

“Our service area is fortunate to be teeming with non-profits that are creatively using their resources to help the environment though education and activism. Donating your phone allows us to contribute to their efforts through our Green Gifts program and ultimately work toward a greener tomorrow,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs and customer experience initiatives at Cellcom.

Visit Cellcom’s website for the full list of award recipients. Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow. The company’s recycling program has generated $310,975 for local charities over the past 14 years.

Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with more than 50 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.