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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


Iconic bluffs, protected forever

Some of the most spectacular views in our whole state can be found in the Blufflands of Southeast Minnesota. Untouched by glaciers, these high bluffs and deep valleys have been carved over the years by the Mississippi River and its tributaries, leading to the unique and beautiful landscape that you can see today.

The unique beauty and habitat offered by these bluffs is what first drew members of the Zephyr Hills Community Cooperative to the area, and they worked hard to care for the property and its unique habitats over the last 25 years. Now, working with the Minnesota Land Trust on a permanent conservation easement, the Coop has protected 155 acres of land forever.

The property has a number of important features which make it especially valuable for conservation. It features a large swatch of oak savanna, the last bit of which has nearly disappeared from Minnesota. With only 1% of the pre-European settlement oak savanna remaining in our state, this ecosystem is more important than ever to protect and preserve.

The property also features two springs which directly link to groundwater sources, protection of which is very important to long term water quality in the area.

Finally, a number of important species use the property for habitat, such as the timber rattlesnake, a threatened species in Minnesota. This snake relies on the rocky outcrops found on the property which house not just snakes, but beetles and other insects.

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 the Zephyr Hills Community Coop who have protected this gem forever!


We Love Red-Shouldered Hawks (and bet you do too!)


Our state is full of special birds and wildlife, and each of us has a spot in our heart for that special species out there. This Valentine's Day we're writing a love letter to our favorite hawk - the red-shouldered hawk!

If you've ventured outside in the woods in Southeast or Central Minnesota, you've heard the piercing whistle of the red-shouldered hawk - likely without ever seeing the hawk itself! These medium-sized hawks call central and southeast Minnesota home, and rely on large tracts of forest with wetlands for their habitat.

Unfortunately the red-shouldered hawk is at risk as it faces increasing competition for food from the red-tailed hawk which thrives in more open areas. A mature red-shouldered hawk typically defends about 500 acres (that's almost 380 football fields!), and as forests are split up by development, the population has been stressed.

The Minnesota Land Trust has permanently protected properties that fall in the Bluffland-Root River Important Bird Area, and provide crucial interior forest habitat for this threatened species. One property on the Root River in Southeast Minnesota in particular borders 900 acres of state forest on one side, and the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center on the other side. By protecting that piece of private land, we can forever ensure that red-shouldered hawks will have unbroken habitat, safe from future development.

Did you know: 

  • red-shouldered hawks typically only weigh between 1 and 2 pounds, with males being lighter than females;
  • they eat small prey, but can on occasion hunt animals their size, like rabbits, squirrels, or even other birds;
  • habitat loss is the number one threat to red-shouldered hawks - which is why protecting the forests and wetlands that sustain them is part of our mission!