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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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Monday
Oct012018

Protected land improves water quality in Hubbard County

Property photo trees and waterGary and Sandy Roerick have seen first hand the impact people can have on a landscape, first through Gary’s decades at the US Forest Service, and then as the stewards of a unique 80 acre piece of land in Hubbard County. Having managed and restored their land over the past 20 years, the Roerick’s recently protected it with a conservation easement through the Minnesota Land Trust, meaning it will stay in its natural state forever.

It all started 20 years ago, when the Roericks bought the property adjacent to the Lester Lake Scientific and Natural Area and Paul Bunyan State Forest. The forest features trees of varying ages, including some with fire scarring that could be over 200 years old. The cedar had regenerated in the 1950’s, and there was a deer wintering area on the property, which the DNR asked for help with the upkeep and feeding of. As Gary grew more involved in the maintenance of the property, he applied what he learned from his time as a land management practitioner at the Forest Service. He began thinning the trees, and restoring the land to the unique natural state. "We did plant surveys, and found all sorts of rare and unique plants that had moved in just since the clearing," says Gary. Thinning the forest not only was good for the trees on the property, but as sunlight began to creep in, so did new plants and animals. "It just triggered a whole new response."

Cutting aspen on the property led to beavers coming in to feed on new aspen saplings, and now there are 6 or 7 beavers dams on the property. A healthy white tail deer population has brought timberwolves as well, whose tracks can be seen crisscrossing in the snow in the winter. Finally, whole new plant communities have sprung up along the open areas and trails on the property, including a variety of orchids and some rare ferns.

"Cedar trees and orchids are now king on our rare and very unique Lester Lake property,” says Gary. “Conserving our land, trees, our very diverse plant communities and water is paramount for the future."

"Gary and Sandy have done an amazing job reviving this land, and showing how private landowners can play a big role in protecting the natural resources we all depend on and love" says Vanessa Perry, program manager for the Minnesota Land Trust. "We’ve worked closely with Gary to create a habitat management plan to make sure the hard work he's done in restoring this land is maintained. This property is at the head of the watershed that feeds Kabekona Lake, so protecting land and water quality is very important for the area."

Fire scarring on a treeBy protecting their land with a conservation easement the restoration work that Gary and Sandy have done will be protected from future development, and they retain ownership of the property. Beyond the immediate plants and animals on the land, protecting the property has real benefits for the water quality and plants and animals of greater Hubbard County as it connects to existing protected public properties.

“Protecting the water quality and natural areas of our state depends on the generous spirit of Minnesotans like Gary and Sandy Roerick, says Kris Larson, executive director of the Minnesota Land Trust. “By taking this important step to preserve this land forever, they are is ensuring that the natural systems they’ve brought back will continue to grow and thrive.”

This permanent conservation easement was made possible thanks to the members of the Minnesota Land Trust, 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 Gary and Sandy Roerick who protected this unique property forever!

Thursday
Aug232018

A Lifetime of Memories, Protected Forever

We all have memories we want to hold onto forever, but few of us can put a whole lifetime of memories in a time capsule the way Jeff and Cindy Erding of Fillmore County have. The Erding’s recently completed a conservation easement on their naturally-significant property with the Minnesota Land Trust, which protects their land from future development and preserves the memories they’ve made on it – forever.
 
“I personally hunted these hills and fished the streams with my parents as a youth, chasing squirrels, pheasants, turkeys, and deer,” says Jeff Erding. “Later as young adults, Cindy and I were able to purchase this property and raise our own children here, enjoying the property as a family while hunting, camping, hiking, and horseback riding countless enjoyable hours. Now in our retirement years, we have the satisfaction of knowing the property will remain intact and undeveloped for the enjoyment of future generations of people and the welfare of plants and wildlife that live here.’”
 
By protecting their land with a conservation easement, the property is still owned by the Erdings, but future development is limited. Beyond their memories, protecting the property has real benefits for the water quality and plants and animals of greater Fillmore County.
 
“There’s a real lack of public lands in this area, so protecting private property allows us to begin to create complexes of protected land in Fillmore,” says Nick Bancks, program manager with the Minnesota Land Trust. “This property is just north of a designated trout stream which flows into the Root River – so there are real water quality benefits for communities downstream in keeping this land in its natural state.”
 
Jeff and Cindy have seen the pressure that development can have on land around theirs, explored their options and decided on working with the Minnesota Land Trust to protect it.
 
“As lifelong area residents, we have watched with growing concern as adjoining properties have been split and numerous homes built, often to the detriment of the land and wildlife.” says Jeff. “Cindy and I are extremely grateful to the Minnesota Land Trust for their support and assistance in protecting our property from the kind of fragmentation and development that has become so common nearby.”
 
“As more and more landowners realize the benefits of protecting their land with a conservation easement, we’re making sure the waters and lands we all rely on will be here for future generations,” says Nick. “By using a conservation easement, we’re also ensuring the land will stay in private hands, and that landowners will continue to pay taxes, recreate on the land, and be able to pass it on to their family in the future to enjoy as they have.

Protecting the water quality and critical wildlife habitat of our state depends on the generous spirit of Minnesotans like Jeff and Cindy Erding, says Kris Larson, executive director of the Minnesota Land Trust. “By taking this important step to preserve this land forever, they are is ensuring that future generations have an opportunity to create the same memories on this land for years to come.

This permanent conservation easement was made possible thanks to the members of the Minnesota Land Trust, 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 Jeff and Cindy Erding who protected this unique property forever!