Minnesota Land Trust

 2356 University Avenue West, Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Telephone: (651) 647-9590


Located on the Green Line, near Randolph Station


General email inquiries: mnland@mnland.org





Hidden Pages

Innovative New Grassland Program Debuts

Photo: Don J. OlsonOver the last 150 years, western Minnesota has seen unprecedented landscape changes. Today, less than 1% of Minnesota’s native prairie habitat remains. Of that, only one-third is permanently protected.

To compound the problem, one million acres of Minnesota grassland enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program will expire in the next five years, leaving an uncertain future ahead for wildlife habitat.

A functional conservation strategy for privately owned working lands is a necessary component of successful wildlife habitat management in west central Minnesota.

The Minnesota Land Trust, in partnership with The Conservation Fund and the Board of Soil and Water Resources and with funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, is piloting a program that uses conservation easements to help stem the loss of grasslands and provide wildlife benefits while allowing livestock producers to maintain their herds.

This pilot program works with conservation-minded owners of working grasslands, like Jess and Tammy Berge.

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"Celebrate the Driftless" Event

You're invited to join us for a viewing of the Emmy award-winning film "Mysteries of the Driftless," co-produced by one of Minnesota Land Trust's landowners George Howe, on Thursday, March 19.

The event will be held at the Winona County History Center, with a reception starting at 6:30. The film will be shown at 7:15; a Q&A with George Howe, along with other MLT landowners, will follow.

Director of Land Protection John Brosnan will also present a short overview of the ongoing project work that is focused on southeastern Minnesota in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. This work is funded by Minnesota Land Trust members as well as generous support from Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and is part of ongoing conservation efforts in the Root River watershed and greater blufflands regions.

More information can be found here; the event is free, but RSVPs are appreciated as space is limited.

This event has been generously supported by members of the Winona community. Presenting sponsors include Bluff Country Co-op, Commercial Collectors, Inc., Prairie Moon Nursery and the Raptor Resource Project

The event was also sponsored by Merchants Bank, Riverview Winery & Vineyards, and the Winona County Board & Staff.

We'd also like to thank the following for their support for this event: 

Big Valley Ranch                  

Boat House Restaurant

Friends of the Refuge Headwaters

Howard & Tess Kruger

North Ridge Guesthouse

Stockton Rollingstone Minnesota City Watershed District

Win-Cres Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Winona County Soil & Water Conservation District



"Big Woods" Now Protected Forever

Landowners Marjorie and Darrell Amberson, with Project Manager Maggie Karschnia.Darrell and Marjorie Amberson recently realized a dream come true: permanently preserving their 79 acres along the north side of the Rush River in Sibley County, a few miles north of Le Seuer.

Their land lies within the Big Woods Ecological Subsection of the state. Historically, the predominant vegetation was hardwood forest, including red oak, sugar maple and American elm.  Today, only a small fraction of the “Big Woods” forests remain.

The Amberson's land includes grassland as well; both the hardwood forest and the grassland provides exceptional habitat for many species of wildlife and migratory birds.

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Minnesota Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment 5th Anniversary Celebration & Forum 

In 2008, Minnesotans from around the state successfully secured voters’ strong approval of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. However, that was just the beginning. The most difficult work began on the day after this historic legislation was passed to ensure that these additional financial resources for Minnesota's wildlife, water, parks and lands are wisely invested and create an outstanding outdoor legacy for future generations.

Is the Legacy Amendment money going to projects and programs as voters expected? To help answer that question, and to keep legislators, policy-makers and stakeholders informed and communicating, the Fifth Anniversary Celebration and Forum will include panel discussions by legislators, conservation leaders, and others on the status of Legacy projects, challenges encountered, and prospects for the future. The Forum will also provide participants the opportunity to ask questions of panel members and to meet and interact with the key leaders working to shape the Amendment’s destiny. Together, participants will explore and share how and where these investments are being made and what the public is getting for their dollars. Refreshments will be provided. 

Registration: $10. Details and RSVP. 

For additional questions, please call 651-221-0215 or email ikes@minnesotaikes.org.

When  Thursday, January 15, 2015
12 PM - 6 PM
Where  Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North
Brooklyn Park, MN  55428
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