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Minnesota Land Trust, a nonprofit 501(c)3

 2356 University Avenue West, Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 651-647-9590


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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A New Project Protects Burntside Lake's Island Shoreline

Sigurd Olson's Listening Point is visible in the distance.After nearly twenty years of shoreline and forest habitat conservation in and around Burntside Lake, another beautiful project has been completed.

Located directly opposite Listening Point, which is also permanently protected by the Minnesota Land Trust, the wild and scenic portion of a sixteen-acre island owned by the Snyder family has been conserved forever.

The surrounding lands include many privately owned parcels as well as Burntside Islands Scientific and Natural Area. Several wilderness camps including Camp Widjiwagan and Camp du Nord are located on Burntside Lake as well. By permanently conserving this land, Burntside Lake visitors and residents will enjoy the benefits of this pristine landscape.

This latest project joins ten other Minnesota Land Trust conservation easements on Burntside Lake, totalling over 2,800 of land and well over four miles of shoreline. In combination with other protected lands, the wilderness character and water quality of the lake is more secure.

Classic northern Minnesota shoreline, permanently conserved.The conservation easement was donated by the Snyder Family. Project expenses and support for permanent stewardship was provided by members of the Minnesota Land Trust as well as generous support from Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

Additional funding was provided by the Enbridge Corporation’s Ecofootprint grant, which has been directed towards permanent land conservation in Northern Minnesota's critical shorelines.


Filling the gap in Avon Hills!

We are excited to announce a new conservation easement in the Avon Hills area of Stearns County that completes a gap between the Partch Woods Scientific and Natural Area and the Saint Wendell Tamarack Bog SNA. 

These kinds of projects are such great illustrations of why private land conservation makes such good sense. 

The landowners, John and Barbara Riesner, have owned this land since 1969. Putting a conservation easement on their property allows them to maintain their ownership and also keep the land the way it is now. 

And that way is wooded, swampy, undeveloped. A perfect connection between the public land that surrounds it.

In combination with the SNAs and nearly one hundred acres of land less than half a mile away that is already conserved by families through the Minnesota Land Trust, this project brings together a complex of protected land that totals well over one thousand acres.

Wildlife, including short eared owls, Blanding's turtles and and American bittern are found on the property today and can continue to thrive long into the future.

Funding for the acquisition of this easement has been provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.