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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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Protecting bear and wolf habitat

photo credit Jim BrandenburgFew images convey the beauty of Minnesota's wild places like that of a wolf peering out through the trees, or a black bear scratching a tree in search of grubs. Wolves and bears play an important role in maintaining forest ecosystems, though their habitat in Minnesota is constantly under pressure from human development.

That's why in 2008 we were excited to work closely with the American Bear Association to permanently protect the land that makes up the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary provides people the unique opportunity to view black bears in their natural habitat, and learn more about these amazing animals.

photo credit Dennis Udovich, President ABA-VSWS

Our ability to move quickly and protect that vital habitat forever was thanks to the generous support of our members, who provided the individual donations that helped us then leverage landowner and public funds to secure a conservation easement.


Fundraising progress thermometer

We have an opportunity now to expand the protected land, thanks to another donation by a generous landowner. This land touches up against the existing Wildlife Sanctuary site, making it ideal as we continue to build out protected habitat for these bears, wolves, and other animals. But projects like this one rely on the continued support of our members. This project alone will cost an additional $10,000 to finish the work already started to secure the land. Can we count on your support as we work to close on this project and others like it? If we miss our opportunity to secure these places, they could be gone forever.

Your support this year has enabled us to protect thousands of acres of land and thousands of feet of shoreline across our state. Together we've preserved habitat for white pelicans, bald eagles, cougars and more. Thank you for making a difference in our state!


A Twin-Cities area gem, protected forever

As the Twin Cities metro expands ever-outwards, more and more land that was once critical habitat for fish, plants, and wildlife becomes new subdivisions, houses, and roads. And that means that areas like Medvecky Woods, one of the few remaining large, ecologically intact and functional landscapes just north of the metro area is coming under threat from new development.

Tom DeCorsey and program manager Nick BancksHaving seen other natural areas around the metro paved over, landowner Tom DeCorsey wanted to avoid the same fate for his property. DeCorsey has hunted on a parcel of land in Medvecky Woods for years, and this week signed a conservation easement with the Minnesota Land Trust to protect the landscape he loves forever. Funded by the Outdoor Heritage Fund and the Minnesota Land Trust members, this project permanently protects 40 acres of wetland and forest from development, and connects to another 80 acre parcel which is already protected by a conservation easement. In addition, these properties are just north of the University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, creating an even larger complex of protected land, more functional wildlife habitat, and a greater cumulative impact on water quality.

White Snake RootThe property is part of a truly unique landscape; one of the few untouched parcels of intact habitat this close to the Twin Cities metro and Isanti. The Minnesota Land Trust worked closely with the Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District to identify potential properties in the area with significant conservation impact, like this one. The property is host to a number of rare plant and animal species, and is in the headwaters of Cedar Creek, which is an important warm water fishery to the Rum River. Protecting Cedar Creek and critical natural areas adjacent to the creek is a conservation priority for a number of conservation partners, including the MN DNR, Anoka County Parks, Anoka Conservation District, and The Nature Conservancy. Conserving and connecting the Cedar Creek corridor is vitally important to preserve wildlife and native plants in an increasingly suburban setting.  

Nodding Bur-MarigoldWhile out on the property, program manager Nick Bancks spotted a number of native plants as well, including Nodding Bur-Marigold and White Snake Root. The property is about 50% wetland, with the rest Oak/Basswood forest – rare for the area. Recent storms cleared out part of the forest, however, good management has kept back the spread of invasives, and kept this a truly unique and beautiful landscape.

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 Tom DeCorsey who has protected this gem forever!