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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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Interest for Others  Guidestar Platinum


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


Nearly One Thousand Acres Protected on Lake Superior’s North Shore

Rocky gorges form part of the landscape. Rolling hills, steep ridges with views of Lake Superior, and river gorges with wetlands. Old-growth pine and cedar forests bisected by the Superior Hiking Trail.  Over 12,000 feet of shoreline along the Encampment and Crow rivers, ponds and streams. If this sounds like one of our North Shore state parks, it’s because it’s big and scenic enough to be one of them.

A new conservation easement northeast of Two Harbors protects nearly one thousand acres from development. In combination with adjacent protected property, it’s approximately the same size as Gooseberry State Park, creating one of the larger complexes of undeveloped natural lands along the North Shore.

“Being able to create a complex of protected land – especially such a large amount of acreage in a rapidly developing area – is extremely helpful for habitat protection,” according to Fitz Fitzgerald, Northern Region Conservation Director for the Land Trust. “It’s also great for the general public; one of the most beautiful stretches of the Superior Hiking Trail follows ridge lines on the property. The views of Lake Superior are fantastic!”

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Over a thousand feet of Burntside Lake shoreline is protected forever!

We’re celebrating a wonderful project completed a few days ago on Burntside Lake. Camp Van Vac is a historic resort that was built in the early 1900’s, with local Finnish craftsmen using horses to pull the timber and rocks into position. More than a thousand feet of Burntside Lake’s forested, wild shoreline are now protected forever.

Original owners Aunt Kate and Uncle Van.Camp owner Nancy Tubbs, the great-niece of the original owner, has fond memories of growing up at the camp, and takes immense pleasure in knowing that families who enjoy Camp today will be able to build upon that same reservoir of memories.

Nancy says she tells new guests with small children, "Just put the life jackets on the kids when they get up in the morning. Not only do they float, but they bounce as well!" It was that way when Nancy grew up in the 1950's, and it's still that way today.

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