Recreation Lands Program
The Minnesota Land Trust is piloting a new initiative with Duluth to protect and promote the city's nature-based recreational assets. Our Director of Recreation Land, Hansi Johnson, is working with paddlers, cyclists, climbers, hikers, skiers...everyone who is excited about helping to make Duluth a world-class outdoor city.
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About our work with Duluth
With more than 10,000 acres of public open space within city limits and more than 300 eventual miles of trails, Duluth recognizes that it cannot take on responsibility for its infrastructure alone.
This public/private partnership with the Minnesota Land Trust will help the city realize its vision to become one of America's premier trail cities and outdoor destinations.
The Minnesota Land Trust is also helping the city of Duluth to design a land conservation plan for the St. Louis River Corridor on the west side of Duluth, and assisting the city in creating a nationally recognized water trail for paddlers and other river enthusiasts.
Through Minnesota Land Trust's new Recreational Lands Program, we will explore how outdoor recreation and open space conservation are linked, and how the two can truly create an improved quality of life in communities like Duluth.
This partnership is a model for working with communities throughout the state which aspire to create meaningful, nature based experiences for their youth and families.
Our Duluth partners include:
The Minnesota Land Trust recognizes that nature-based adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing and trail running are fast-growing outdoor activities which can complement traditional pursuits such as hunting and fishing.
As such, the Land Trust is exploring how to help communities around the state develop a robust nature-based, outdoor recreation infrastructure to ensure Minnesotans continue to engage in our great outdoors and protect the natural lands necessary for these outdoor pursuits.