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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

1-877-MLT-LAND

Email: mnland@mnland.org

 

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Tuesday
Dec192017

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.

 

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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!