Our mission is to protect and restore Minnesota's most vital natural lands in order to provide wildlife habitat, clean water, outdoor experiences and scenic beauty for generations to come.
Scenic beauty? Should that be a part of a conservation organization's mission?
We believe it's a resounding yes. Preserving our cultural heritage goes hand-in-hand with the other, perhaps more traditional, considerations. Often, it's because the elements intertwine.
Boreal forests that provide habitat for wolves and migrating sub-tropical warblers also are places of rest and respite for people. Conservation easements permanently protect buffering lands that fall between places like the BWCA and the more populated places nearby.
Mississippi River bluffs protect peregrine falcon nesting places, and provide inspirational views for the people who pass by on foot, or in a boat or car. People naturally want to build homes in scenic places. Conservation easements protect key spots that ensure that particularly significant sites are preserved.
Places that form Minnesota's cultural history deserve permanent protection as well, and yes, they also happen to contain outstanding natural qualities. Places like Sigurd Olson's Listening Point; the Rainy Lake retreat of conservation pioneer Ernest Oberholtzer; pictographs on private land on Burntside Lake; and "Bush Camp," the site of Jim Brandenburg's most iconic wildlife photography.
Shoreline on the Mississippi River in Red Wing and along the Grand Marais harbor are more examples of places preserved by the Minnesota Land Trust. Water quality, shoreline habitat and maintaining access and the character of these places are all positive outcomes that we can all enjoy.
All of these places are permanently protected with conservation easements held by the Minnesota Land Trust, with the responsibility to ensure their qualities as far into the future as we can imagine.
We call that our promise of perpetuity. Thank you for supporting these efforts.