The Geneva Lake Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of environmentally sensitive lands, open space and the unique character and quality of life of Walworth County, Wisconsin. Working with landowners, and government officials, the Conservancy advocates private and public land use and management decisions that assure responsible growth and protection of natural and historic resources.
What is the Antiquities Act of 1906? The Act for the Preservation of Antiquities (also called the Lacey Act) was an intentionally broad piece of legislation to set aside “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest” in order to stop their destruction. As it was worded, either the President or Congress could establish national monuments under the Antiquities Act. President Theodore Roosevelt quickly took advantage of the authority given him and on September 24, 1906, proclaimed Devil’s Tower in Wyoming the first national monument under the Antiquities Act, following that quickly with the Petrified Forest and Montezuma Castle in Arizona and El Morro in New Mexico. (The 1906 Act was replaced by a stronger measure, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, which gave greater power to authorities to protect rare or unique land formations, archeological sites, historic locations, and other such monuments.
The White River County Park is a 195 acre property at the intersection of Sheridan Springs Road and Short Road in the Town of Lyons. The Park has outstanding access to the White River (over 9,200 lineal feet of frontage) as well as lush wetlands, forest and uplands currently in agricultural use.