Established in 1847, the Town of Verona is a local unit of government within the County of Dane in the southern part of the state of Wisconsin. The Town is on the southwestern edge of Madison — Wisconsin's State Capital. The town of Verona has an estimated 2018 population of 1,982 and is part of the Verona Area School District.

Please join the Dane County Towns Association for an educational session on rural preservation – Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the Verona Town Hall.

The session will focus on the role conservation easements can play in protecting farmland and permanently limiting rural development.


Session presenters:

Jim Welsh, Executive Director of Groundswell Conservancy. Jim has been Executive Director of Groundswell in Madison, Wisconsin since 2003. He leads their work to conserve farmland, wildlife habitat, and recreation areas in Dane County and the surrounding area. Since Jim became executive director of Groundswell, the Conservancy has tripled the amount of land it has protected.


Renée Lauber, DCTA Policy Advisor. Renée has been Policy Advisory for the DCTA since 2009 and was appointed Secretary/Treasurer in 2017. Prior to working for the DCTA, Renée administered the town of Dunn’s purchase of development rights and land use programs for ten years. She worked to establish the program and protect over 2,500 acres of farmland and natural areas.