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Some places in Minnesota Really Do Deserve Protection Forever


Consider this:

  • Over the coming decades, Minnesota’s population is expected to increase by 20% to nearly 6.5 million. With the recession over, real estate development is now starting to rebound.
  • Nearly 800,000 acres of Minnesota’s grasslands are expected to convert to cropland in the next few years and less than 1% of native prairie remains.
  • Wetland loss is particularly severe in the western prairie-pothole region of the state, where over 90% of wetlands are gone. This loss diminishes important wildlife habitat, impacts water quality, and increases flooding.

As nationally recognized leaders in private land protection, Minnesota Land Trust works all over the state of Minnesota to preserve our most treasured places. Since 1991, we've worked with landowners to protect forests, shoreline, prairie and more - providing wildlife habitat, clean water, outdoor experiences and scenic beauty for generations to come.


Blanding's turtle habitat now protected forever.

A new conservation easement protects 50 acres of wetland and over 700 feet of shoreline on Height of Land Lake in Becker County, an area targeted for conservation because of its importance to wetland wildlife habitat.

The prairie pothole lakes and associated rivers and wetlands in this landscape form the backbone of one of the continent’s most important flyways for migratory waterfowl.
Preservation of the land, located across the lake from Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, also provides a unique opportunity to protect part of a wetland complex that is home to Blanding's turtles and short-eared owls, as well as uplands which provide important habitat for migrating waterfowl, song birds and other wildlife.

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We're doing our part to get outdoors & have fun!

The Duluth News Tribune recently published a great story about our pilot program with the City of Duluth, with the goal of improving the city's recreation infrastructure. You can read more about this new initiative below, and you can read the article here.

Hansi Johnson, our new Director of Recreational Lands. Photo by Clint Austin, Duluth News Tribune.


Meet Our New Recreation Lands Program Director

We are piloting a new initiative to protect and promote nature-based recreational lands, including those essential for hiking, paddling, bird watching, trail running, skiing, mountain biking, and more.

Photo: Hansi JohnsonHansi Johnson of Duluth, a nationally-recognized expert in trail development and adventure sports, will spearhead this new program for the Minnesota Land Trust beginning September 2, 2014.

As Director of Recreational Lands, Hansi Johnson brings a wealth of experience and a passion for outdoor recreation to his new position, based in the Minnesota Land Trust’s Duluth office.

For the past five and a half years, Hansi was the Regional Director for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), helping volunteer clubs such as the Duluth-based Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) work within their communities to create destination quality, sustainable, off road cycling trail experiences. 

You can read more about this exciting new initiative here.