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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

1-877-MLT-LAND

Email: mnland@mnland.org

 

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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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Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

Monday
Mar192018

Preserving a family legacy

 

The Jannusch family has lived and farmed on property by Hunter Lake for generations, and with a conservation easement through the Minnesota Land Trust they were able to permanently preserve that legacy, and protect threatened habitats, the open spaces and farm land they have worked to maintain for decades.

 

This property is of particular value for conservation, as it includes the last pieces of undeveloped shoreline along both East and West Hunter Lake. West Hunter Lake is publicly accessible with an excellent largemouth bass fishery, and protecting the shoreline will help reduce runoff and keep the water clean for generations to come. The land also features prairie and oak savanna (two imperiled ecosystems), both which require disturbance (i.e. active management through burns) to keep them healthy.

 

The property also features a unique geologic feature - an esker. Eskers are long ridges which were created by water flowing under glaciers as the glacier melted away.

This permanent conservation easement was made possible thanks to the members of the Minnesota Land Trust and with funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature and recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC). Thank you to all our members and supporters, and most of all to Dennis Jannusch who protected this gem forever!

Friday
Mar162018

Iconic bluffs, protected forever

Some of the most spectacular views in our whole state can be found in the Blufflands of Southeast Minnesota. Untouched by glaciers, these high bluffs and deep valleys have been carved over the years by the Mississippi River and its tributaries, leading to the unique and beautiful landscape that you can see today.

The unique beauty and habitat offered by these bluffs is what first drew members of the Zephyr Hills Community Cooperative to the area, and they worked hard to care for the property and its unique habitats over the last 25 years. Now, working with the Minnesota Land Trust on a permanent conservation easement, the Coop has protected 155 acres of land forever.

The property has a number of important features which make it especially valuable for conservation. It features a large swatch of oak savanna, the last bit of which has nearly disappeared from Minnesota. With only 1% of the pre-European settlement oak savanna remaining in our state, this ecosystem is more important than ever to protect and preserve.

The property also features two springs which directly link to groundwater sources, protection of which is very important to long term water quality in the area.

Finally, a number of important species use the property for habitat, such as the timber rattlesnake, a threatened species in Minnesota. This snake relies on the rocky outcrops found on the property which house not just snakes, but beetles and other insects.

This permanent conservation easement was made possible thanks to the members of the Minnesota Land Trust and with funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature and recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC). Thank you to all our members and supporters, and most of all to the Zephyr Hills Community Coop who have protected this gem forever!