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Minnesota Land Trust

 2356 University Avenue West, Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Telephone: (651) 647-9590

1-877-MLT-LAND

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

Street parking at metered spots

 

Email us: mnland@mnland.org

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Friday
Mar182016

Minnesota Made - A fun evening with YOU helps US get serious work done!

You're invited to join us for a fun-filled evening to raise money for permanent land conservation all over our great state of Minnesota!

Interested? Maybe you'd like a few more details about how your money supports the work of the Minnesota Land Trust.

Here are just a couple of the more than 500 conservation easements that we now manage:

  • Large sections of Grand Marais Harbor are conserved forever by the Minnesota Land Trust. Our largest project is over 2,000 acres near Red Wing, conserving miles of shoreline on the Mississippi and its backwaters. Migratory and nesting birds like ducks, warblers and osprey find great habitat there.
  • You've probably stood on our conservation easement on Grand Marais Harbor and not even known it. The quaint harbor of today (which looks a lot like it did 50 years ago) will remain pretty much the same for generations to come.
  • Another project that you may very well appreciate without even knowing it's there is on Highway 61 along the North Shore. The Superior Hiking Trail bisects one of our special North Shore conservation easements. As you're driving near the tunnels, you're seeing trees and not a housing development. But more importantly this conservation easement is protecting old growth forest, a trout stream and fragile plant life, as well as unfragmented wildlife habitat.
  • Another hidden gem: as you motor along Highway 35 near Barnum, look across Bear Lake and - again! - you'll see a lot of trees instead of docks and cabins. That's because several hundred acres of land, planted over the years by the tireless landowner with red and white pine, is protected forever. Big Louis overlooks the Bear Lake project near Barnum on Hwy 35.Bear, wolf, deer and all sorts of smaller game make their homes in these woods.

Are you sensing a trend? Some of you might wonder why you've never heard of the Minnesota Land Trust. Yet we've been working hard (and quietly) for nearly 25 years to protect and restore Minnesota's most vital places.

This is a small fragment of our work—we've protected 48,000 acres of land, and over a million feet of shoreline. Your support helps us do more.

Reserve your spot at Minnesota today! We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Friday
Jan222016

Restoration Plans in the Works for Conservation Easements

We're happy to announce that the Minnesota Land Trust, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was awarded a $120,000 grant from the Conservation Partners Legacy Program that will help private landowners improve wildlife habitat on their property.

This pilot program, which includes matching funds and services from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is aimed at restoration of wetland areas that were impacted by agricultural uses. All of the targeted lands are currently protected with conservation easements.Fish, birds and turtles will all benefit from these restoration projects. Photo: Paul Raymaker

The Minnesota Land Trust will work with Fish and Wildlife Service biologists to restore wetland hydrology, re-seed native plants and provide the landowner with a long-term management plan.

The idea for this program rose from the personal visits that Minnesota Land Trust staff and certified volunteers make to each of the non-profit’s 500+ conservation easements every year.

Fortunately, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program was also looking for a way to expand their services to Minnesota’s private landowners and we were able to develop this program quickly.

“We see our landowners making incredible investments of time and money in their land all the time,” stated Minnesota Land Trust’s restoration project manager Kristina Geiger, “but sometimes the scope of the restoration is greater than the landowner can take on, and because of the significant habitat benefits we will realize, these are just the perfect projects to undertake with this restoration grant program.”

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