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Agassiz Beach Ridges

John Pennoyer

The Agassiz Beach Ridges are the former boundaries of Lake Agassiz, a glacial lake that was at its peak larger than any currently existing lake in the world.

As the glaciers withdrew and the lake drained, the beach ridges that were its former boundaries were left behind. The lake covered most of what is now the Red River Valley. This area now contains some of the finest examples of tallgrass prairie remaining in Minnesota (some with grasses growing over 6 feet tall!). Less than 1% of Minnesota’s original prairie remains, making protection of this area vital.

This unique landscape provides habitat for a number of species, including bear, moose, sharp-tailed grouse, and western meadowlark. It also is home to Minnesota’s two largest herds of elk, who migrate over the international boundary between Manitoba and Minnesota.

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Protecting and Restoring the Tallgrass Aspen Parklands

The tallgrass aspen parklands of northwestern Minnesota is a region with a unique mix of wetlands, woodlands, and grasslands. Through time, the region has been maintained by dynamic cycles of precipitation, fire, and grazing which provide essential habitat to birds like the sharp-tailed grouse, upland sandpiper, American bittern, least bittern, Franklin’s gull, and countless other [...]

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Bird habitat protected forever

In the upper reaches of Kittson County, deep in Northwestern Minnesota, lies the property of Greg Peterson. This property is covered by 80 acres of classic Minnesota aspen woodland and sedge meadow wetlands – home to birds, bear, elk, and moose. And now, it’s protected forever by a conservation easement with the Minnesota Land Trust. [...]

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A win for Minnesota birds

In the upper reaches of Northwestern Minnesota, along the border with Canada, lies the property of Wayne and Keith Johnson. Over 100 acres of classic Minnesota aspen woodland and sedge meadow wetlands – home to birds, bear, elk, and moose – are now protected forever thanks to a conservation easement with the Minnesota Land Trust. [...]

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