In early 2012, three friends serving on the Town of Russell Plan Commission formed the Friends of the North Pikes Creek Wetlands (FNPCW) and undertook the acquisition of sensitive wetland properties in the headwaters of North Pikes Creek. This unique wetland area is located in Bayfield County, Wisconsin, near the South Shore of Lake Superior, seven miles south of the lakeshore. This collaborative community effort resulted in the acquisition of 320 acres of wetlands, and the permanent protection a diverse mix of habitats, including upland and boreal forest, beaver wetlands, shrublands, forested wetlands, and 1.6 miles of frontage along North Pikes Creek, a Class I trout stream and Wisconsin Outstanding Resource Water. A 280-acre portion of the wetlands is designated the North Pikes Creek Wetlands Community Forest, and a 40-acre portion is the new Beaver Hollow Education Area. All 320 acres are protected in perpetuity.