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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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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!


Honoring Our Volunteers, Partners and Landowners

9/23/17 - We took the opportunity at our annual Treasured Places event to recognize our volunteer, partner and landowners of the year. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to land conservation. They are an essential part of the equation for the work we do here at the Land Trust.

2017 John Peck Volunteer of the Year

Geiger, Hoffmann and LarsonProgram Manager Kristina Geiger, Tom Hoffmann, and Executive Director Kris LarsonTom Hoffmann likes the idea of preserving natural spaces, especially in Southeast Minnesota where the landscape is so unique. So he’s put his passion into action, volunteering as a certified monitor for the Land Trust. Volunteers not only walk the land, but make connections with the private landowners who steward the protected properties.

Tom’s uniquely qualified for the work. As a geographic information systems (GIS) coordinator for Winona County, he’s experienced in looking at land both on the ground and on the computer. In addition, Tom has ferried land title documents throughout the region on behalf of the Land Trust.

2017 Partner of the Year

Collins, Edwards and LarsonProgram Manager Pat Collins, Jaime Edwards of the MN DNR, and Executive Director Kris LarsonAs a wildlife specialist with the DNR, Jaime Edwards is guided by a personal desire to protect and restore Southeast Minnesota’s wildlife habitat. And that’s a big job.

Jaime spends a great deal of time in the field, focusing particularly on the region’s at-risk species and their habitat. One of her specialties is the state-threatened timber rattlesnake (hence her nickname, “the rattlesnake lady”). She also educates landowners, working with them to implement habitat restoration on their property.

Jaime’s commitment and her connections have been critical in helping the Land Trust make progress with its goals of establishing conservation easements in the region.

2017 Landowners of the Year

Moe, Petersons and LarsonStewardship Associate Andrew Moe, Lori & Jon Peterson, and Executive Director Kris LarsonJon and Lori Peterson wake each day before sunrise to go about their work, tending to the needs of their organic farm. There’s milking to do and livestock to care for, fencing to repair and pastures to tend. Every day is a bit different but one thing is constant: They’re committed to being farmers and good land stewards. And in doing so, they are showing others that you can indeed accomplish both. The Peterson family conservation easements total 740 acres.

“We hope that our work with the Minnesota Land Trust will inspire other farmers in the area,” says Jon.