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 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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Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment


Another permanent land protection project for the Root River area!

Photo by Steve SmithBirds, trout, school kids, paddlers. That’s just the start of the list of those that benefit from the Root River watershed.

And now 86 acres of forest, wetlands and open water are protected forever by Root River landowners Monica and Geoff Griffin, and the Minnesota Land Trust.

“If I could choose a single spot for a conservation easement,” mused Program Manager Nick Bancks, “this tract of land would be in my top five for sure.”

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Protecting Jim Brandenburg's Land

The land speaks, and the artist translates

Judd Lake: Jim BrandenburgThe setting was spectacular: a waterfall gurgling over lichen covered boulders. Tall pines standing sentinel over a pristine lake in the wilderness of northern Minnesota. Boggy, nearly impenetrable wetlands harboring the secrets of the surrounding boreal forest, the tranquility broken only by the raucous cackling of a raven.

It was a place that eventually brought fame and good fortune to this humble photographer from Luverne, Minnesota who “grew up in a cornfield where nothing was natural.”

This place is Judd Lake, a remote Border Country lake just off the Fernberg Trail east of Ely.

Millions of people all over the world immersed themselves in Jim Brandenburg’s iconic photographs of wolves, lynx and bear that he photographed on this remote and wild Judd Lake property. Even James Taylor called, asking to visit Jim so he could see a wolf.

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