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Minnesota Land Trust, a nonprofit 501(c)(3)

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Saint Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 651-647-9590

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Thursday
Nov032016

There goes the neighborhood!

One hundred and fifty years ago, west central Minnesota was what you might think of as bird heaven.

Great Blue HeronPhoto: Roslynn LongWetlands, shallow prairie lakes and ponds dotted the landscape along with hardwood forests, oak savanna and tallgrass prairie.

This rich mosaic supported millions of nesting and migratory birds, providing a gigantic picnic grounds for wildlife of all kinds.

Today much of this land is farmed, and only about 15% of it is forested. That's the bad news.

The good news is that pockets of "prairie pothole" lakes remain. While fragmented, important areas of forest and prairie still exist as well.

This is the space where the Minnesota Land Trust steps in, along with three caring and willing families who wish to protect and restore the wetlands, forests and prairies on their land forever.

Thanks to Richard and Gloria Nord, the first projects completed in June, 2015 preserve a heron rookery on Cook's Lake. Their land also includes 22 smaller shallow lakes and wetlands.

And now just recently, the neighbors have gotten into the game.

Two generations of Enquists—Wayne and Andrea, and Jon and Gina—have conserved adjacent lands that add to a complex protecting 643 acres and nearly five miles of sensitive shoreline.

You might say that the neighborhood has really gone to the birds: another family has expressed interest in conserving their land as well.

A heron rookery, loon nesting sites and a bald eagle's nest are now permanently protected. Habitat for American white pelican, red-shouldered hawk, trumpeter swan and grey wolf is safe and secure as well.

Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment

This project was made possible because of the support from Minnesota Land Trust members, the landowners, and the Outdoor Heritage Fund.