Very Special People Honored at a Very Special Place: Treasured Places 2015

Executive Director Kris Larson addressed the group at Saint John's University, our 2015 Partner of the Year.Minnesota Land Trust recognized the outstanding contributions towards Minnesota’s conservation legacy by New London residents Linda Liestman and Kay and Roger Strand at their annual “Treasured Places” celebration held on Saturday, September 19 at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville. Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum and Outdoor University were recognized as well.

Ms. Liestman was honored as 2015 Minnesota Land Trust

2015 Volunteer of the Year Linda Liestman with Stewardship Director Ann Thies

“John Peck” Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her many years of work on behalf of the Land Trust since its formative years. She continues to perform annual visits to conserved properties on behalf of the Land Trust, and has spearheaded area conservation efforts including the permanent protection of wetlands at Koronis Hills Golf Club. In 1998, Linda protected her own land with the Minnesota Land Trust. More recently, Linda was instrumental in helping the Paynesville Township successfully complete a conservation easement with the Land Trust on an island in Lake Koronis.

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Metro Area Landowners: Have you considered conserving your own land?

Photo: Courtesy Paul RaymakerMinnesota Land Trust announces a new round of funding that supports wildlife habitat conservation in the greater Twin Cities metro area.

The goal of the Twin Cities Metro Habitat Program is to protect high quality prairie, forest and shoreline habitat across the greater Twin Cities area.

The Minnesota Land Trust works with landowners to permanently protect outstanding habitat through a ranking system and market approach for purchasing conservation easements. 

Lands entered into the program must meet the minimum requirements; you can learn more here, and download an application here.

The deadline for submitting applications is October 31st, 2015

For more information please contact Nick Bancks, or call 651-917-6282.



We'd love to see you at Treasured Places!

We hope you'll join us for this year's Treasured Places celebration on Saturday September 19 at Saint John's University.

This is our annual event that moves around the state to give us the opportunity to showcase some of the amazing landowners and partners who tirelessly and generously labor to conserve really great land, and the volunteers who help make sure it stays that way.

We have a wonderful day planned:

10:30 Registration/welcome
11:00 Program
12:00 Lunch and mingle time
1:30 Your choice of optional activities

Option 1: "Nature for the Nation," a walking play about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau
Option 2: A visit to the Richard Bresnahan studio and tour of the kiln. Richard is a Saint John's Artist in Residence who creates pottery using materials sustainably harvested from the Saint John's Arboretum
Option 3: A guided walk along Lake Sagatagan on the Chapel Trail, through the oldest stand of planted trees in Minnesota
Option 4: Guided viewing of the Saint John's Illuminated Bible pages

To reserve your spot, please click here. We greatly appreciate purchasing your lunch ticket ahead of time; the play requires a ticket. The other optional afternoon activities are free.

Hope to see you there!


Application Deadline Approaches!

August 28, 2015 markes the rapidly approaching deadline for landowners in Southeastern Minnesota to get their applications in to be included in this current project timeline.

We're looking for landowners who will help protect high quality habitat and scenic lands in this landscape, an area of very high biodiversity. Because at least 97% of Minnesota's Southeastern Blufflands area is privately held, the only way we can conserve this important biodiversity is through voluntary and permanent land conservation.

To learn more about the program, click here. A map of the project area is found here, and the application may be found here.

For more information, you may call Nick Bancks at 651-917-6282, or email him at

This program is supported by members and by funding provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.