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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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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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Prairies, Grasslands & Wetlands - A new approach

The prairies, grasslands and associated wetlands of western Minnesota form one of the most complex and important ecological systems in the Upper Midwest. With literally thousands of lakes and millions of acres of grasslands and prairie, this unique landscape serves as the backbone for migratory waterfowl and hundreds of other wildlife species. It is also one of the most threatened landscapes in America.

Approximately 40% of migratory bird species use the Mississippi River flyway.

The Minnesota Land Trust is leading an innovative program that incorporates a science-based and cost-effective approach to quickly identify and then permanently protect the most important grassland and wetland-associated complexes in Minnesota over the next three years. It is a strategy that protects the essential habitat and helps keep water clean while simultaneously accommodating private ownership and certain compatible economic uses.

To focus our work, MLT has identified important wetland complexes in this "Edge of the Prairie" landscape based on where agricultural lands, high-quality habitat, and existing protected areas intersect.  And in partnership with the Board of Water and Soil Resources, we have identified unique grassland habitat complexes which can provide the greatest return on investment. These complexes include a mosaic of wetland, prairie/grassland, and forest habitats, as well as agricultural land.  Protection of these complexes will produce the following outcomes:

1) Preservation of nesting and migratory habitat for waterfowl, upland birds, and other species in greatest conservation need;

2) Protection and/or improvement of water quality through the protection of prairies and the creation of permanent grassland buffers to aquatic resources;

More than a third of species on the U.S. endangered species list live only in wetlands.3) Increased participation and engagement of private landowners in habitat projects; and

4) Enhancement of prior public investments in wetland protection and restoration by creating larger complexes of protected land.

We are currently seeking landowners who may be interested in protecting their property in the following counties: Becker, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Otter Tail, Stevens, Swift, Pope and Todd. If you'd like more information about how you can participate, contact Pat Anderson via email or by calling 651-917-6288.