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Minnesota Land Trust

Minnesota Land Trust, a nonprofit 501(c)(3)

 2356 University Avenue West, Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 651-647-9590




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Located on the Green Line, across the street from Raymond Station. On bus routes 16, 21, 63 and 67. Nice Ride location across the street, available seasonally. Parking available on the south side of the building and on the street (metered).




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Bird habitat protected forever

In the upper reaches of Kittson County, deep in Northwestern Minnesota, lies the property of Greg Peterson. This property is covered by 80 acres of classic Minnesota aspen woodland and sedge meadow wetlands - home to birds, bear, elk, and moose. And now, it's protected forever by a conservation easement with the Minnesota Land Trust.

Greg originally bought his land over 30 years ago, primarily to use for hunting. By protecting it, he hopes that future generations will be able to enjoy the land as he does. “This shouldn’t be turned into something that it isn’t in the future,” says Greg. “I plan to keep this land, and will try and keep it in the family. With this easement, it will stay exactly as it is.”

More than just beautiful land to recreate on, this property is part of a larger complex of protected public and private lands spanning over 20,000 acres that are vital to birds that live in or migrate through Kittson County. The property falls within an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) and its protection is the result of a partnership between the Minnesota Land Trust and Audubon Minnesota. With support from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC), the goal of the partnership is to preserve essential wildlife habitat in the Tallgrass Aspen Parkland eco-region where Audubon Minnesota has documented over 262 different bird species.

Protecting private land can expand the impacts of other protected public and private lands, by creating larger habitat blocks and corridors for wildlife.This is especially important for the last few remaining elk herds in Minnesota whereby protecting natural grasslands can also relieve some of the conflicts that arise when elk browse cultivated lands. Additionally, the fact that the land will stay private means landowners will continue to pay property taxes, hunt, recreate, and manage the land as they have been.

This permanent conservation easement was made possible thanks to the members of the Minnesota Land Trust and Audubon Minnesota, with funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature and recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC). Thank you to all our members and supporters, and most of all to Greg Peterson who protected this unique property forever!


A strong start to 2018

June 30th marked the end of our fiscal year and the halfway point of the calendar year, so we thought we'd share what has been accomplished in the first six months of 2018! Thanks to your support:

We've worked with landowners to complete 21 projects, protecting nearly 3,700 acres across the state!

We've also made great progress working with our partners, including protecting hundreds of acres in Important Bird Areas identified by Audubon Minnesota with our first easements ever in Kittson County in the Aspen Parklands Important Bird Area.

Finally, we successfully protected 87,000 feet of undeveloped shoreline; that's 16.5 miles which is the distance to walk the whole Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis (and an extra loop around Lake Harriet to boot!).

There are a number of great projects in the works for the rest of the year, so if you haven't signed up for our newsletter, sign up today to get monthly updates on the status of land protection in our state. And consider making a donation to support our work so we can keep going strong in 2018!