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Minnesota Land Trust

 2356 University Avenue West, Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Telephone: (651) 647-9590


Located on the Green Line, across the street from Raymond Station

On bus routes 16, 21, 63 and 67

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St. Croix River Valley Important Bird Area Conserved

Tennessee Warblers are among the many migratory birds that travel the St. Croix River Corridor each year. Photo: Becky FieldDrive just a couple of miles north of the town of Stillwater and you'll find yourself in the rolling landscape of the St. Croix River Valley. Acres of rolling farm fields are interrupted by stands of forest and other open spaces. 

It's in this bucolic landscape that the Docksteader family has lived for over a hundred years. And now, nearly 90 acres have been preserved forever by Sharon Docksteader. 

Located within an Important Bird Area designated by Audubon Minnesota, the land contains key habitat for red-shouldered hawk, rose-breasted grosbeak and Louisiana waterthrush. The nearby St. Croix River is an important highway for migratory birds as well.

The mix of forest and open lands are important for bird and other wildlife species, but it also provides a scenic backdrop for paddlers on the St. Croix Wild and Scenic River. In fact, this new conservation easement is adjacent to a scenic easement that's held by the National Park Service.

Sharon was thrilled to complete this easement, saying with tears in her eyes that she thought her parents "would be pleased" to know that their land would always remain open and natural.

Sharon generously donated this easement, while long-term monitoring expenses have been provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund as approved by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, and by members of the Minnesota Land Trust. 



A New Project Protects Burntside Lake's Island Shoreline

Sigurd Olson's Listening Point is visible in the distance.After nearly twenty years of shoreline and forest habitat conservation in and around Burntside Lake, another beautiful project has been completed.

Located directly opposite Listening Point, which is also permanently protected by the Minnesota Land Trust, the wild and scenic portion of a sixteen-acre island owned by the Snyder family has been conserved forever.

The surrounding lands include many privately owned parcels as well as Burntside Islands Scientific and Natural Area. Several wilderness camps including Camp Widjiwagan and Camp du Nord are located on Burntside Lake as well. By permanently conserving this land, Burntside Lake visitors and residents will enjoy the benefits of this pristine landscape.

This latest project joins ten other Minnesota Land Trust conservation easements on Burntside Lake, totalling over 2,800 of land and well over four miles of shoreline. In combination with other protected lands, the wilderness character and water quality of the lake is more secure.

Classic northern Minnesota shoreline, permanently conserved.The conservation easement was donated by the Snyder Family. Project expenses and support for permanent stewardship was provided by members of the Minnesota Land Trust as well as generous support from Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

Additional funding was provided by the Enbridge Corporation’s Ecofootprint grant, which has been directed towards permanent land conservation in Northern Minnesota's critical shorelines.