Like many scenic areas in Minnesota, development on One Lake, about seven miles northeast of Backus in Cass County, is exploding. Small lake cabins are being expanded and converted into winterized, year-round dwellings, and increasing numbers of vacation homes pop up along lake shores.
In the face of such changes, sensitive shorelines are impacted. Thanks to the Outdoor Heritage Fund and in partnership with the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation (LLAWF),the Minnesota Land Trust has protected 1,521 feet of pristine sensitive shoreline on One Lake (also known as Sand Lake) in an effort to preserve the conservation and scenic values of the area.
The conservation agreement protects over 40 acres of woodlands, mixed northern hardwoods, and diverse wetland types interspersed with open grasslands. These natural terrestrial and aquatic communities provide significant habitat and foraging grounds for a large variety of plant and wildlife species, including black bears, bald eagles, common loons, red-necked grebes, and least darters. The easement also provides outstanding scenic views visible from highway 84.