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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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Protecting the Avon Hills


The period for receiving bids for the Avon Hills easement program closed on December 1, 2017. Check back periodically with this page for updates regading the bid process opening again, or contact Nick Bancks, program manager for the Avon Hills, directly at 651-917-6282 with any questions.

map of Avon Hills region

The Avon Hills region of Stearns County includes about 65,000 acres in Collegeville, Avon, St. Wendel and Farming Townships. The gently rolling hills and quiet wooded shorelines of the Avon Hills landscape have captivated generations who live in and visit this hidden gem. The area is identified as ecologically significant by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) County Biological Survey and other conservation planning documents.

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

To help preserve this distinctive landscape, the Avon Hills grant program, recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, aims to permanently protect land from development. To date eight permanent conservation easements have protected 634 acres. The goal is to preserve another 500 acres by 2019.

Landowners interested in protecting their property through the Avon Hills grant program need to complete and submit an application and sealed bid to Stearns SWCD. Properties will be prioritized and ranked based upon an ecological benefits score, which is determined by the habitat value to cost ratio of each individual property application. Properties with the highest ecological benefits score will be selected for protection under the program until all funds are spent. The application deadline is 12 p.m. Dec. 1, 2017. For details, call Nate Hylla, Stearns SWCD Project Management Supervisor at 320-251-7800 (ext. 124).


Avon Hills Easement Program Factsheet

Stearns Soil & Water Conservation District Newsletter - Summer 2017

Riesner Family Easement Profile