Minnesota Land Trust recognized the outstanding contributions towards Minnesota’s conservation legacy by New London residents Linda Liestman and Kay and Roger Strand at their annual “Treasured Places” celebration held on Saturday, September 19 at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville. Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum and Outdoor University were recognized as well.
Ms. Liestman was honored as 2015 Minnesota Land Trust
“John Peck” Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her many years of work on behalf of the Land Trust since its formative years. She continues to perform annual visits to conserved properties on behalf of the Land Trust, and has spearheaded area conservation efforts including the permanent protection of wetlands at Koronis Hills Golf Club. In 1998, Linda protected her own land with the Minnesota Land Trust. More recently, Linda was instrumental in helping the Paynesville Township successfully complete a conservation easement with the Land Trust on an island in Lake Koronis.