Conservation Program Area

Lake Superior

Ned Phillips

The Lake Superior Conservation Area focuses on protection of Lake Superior’s North Shore, one of Minnesota’s most iconic and important landscapes.

The North Shore is a popular destination for its outstanding recreational opportunities, including hiking, paddling, trout fishing, and more. The North Shore is a major flyway for migratory birds and is known for its exceptional bird-watching opportunities. Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and many other sites along the North Shore provide opportunities to view large numbers of migrating raptors. Peregrine falcons, the fastest known animal on the planet, nest on cliffs by the lake. This area provides opportunities to see boreal owls, black-throated blue warblers, and many other fascinating bird species.

The Minnesota Land Trust has a number of protected properties along the lake, including the unique sand dune pine forest of Duluth’s Minnesota Point, the largest area of dunes and sand beaches along Lake Superior in our state. Several sections of the Superior Hiking Trail and numerous designated trout streams pass through Land Trust protected properties as well. This area is also home to the Land Trust’s largest restoration projects along the St. Louis River’s unique freshwater estuary.

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Black spruce bog

The Importance of Bogs

In the rugged landscape of northeastern Minnesota, a diverse range of habitats converge in one of the most popular recreational destinations in the state. Rocky shoreline, highlands, streams, and spruce bogs provide habitat for a multitude of species. Dick Haney, a native of Duluth and landowner in the area, has been a long-time observer and [...]

North Shore Coldwater Fisheries Program

Conserve forest and wetlands while still owning your land Your land is important to you and has a unique character and history. As a landowner, you can be compensated for permanently protecting your property with a conservation easement. The Minnesota Land Trust is currently accepting applications to participate in the North Shore Coldwater Fisheries Program, [...]

Grants Protection Grants

Protecting Minnesota’s North Woods

Minnesota’s iconic northern forests are home to some of Minnesota’s most storied species and provide unique outdoor recreation and hunting opportunities. Unfortunately, as the development of forest lands has accelerated over the years, the extensive network of wildlife habitat and publicly accessible open space in northern Minnesota has been threatened. Working to reverse this trend, [...]

photo by Dennis Udovich

A Place for Bears

Standing on the viewing deck at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, conversations suddenly shift to excited whispers as a bear ambles onto the scene. This bear is one of many different black bears that stop by the Sanctuary throughout the year to seek out the respite offered by the well-maintained northern forest. And now 360 [...]

Protecting Minnesota’s North Shore

Kyle and Robin Weideman wanted to find that perfect North Shore property for their family to enjoy, while at the same time protecting the land and water that makes the area so important to our state. And now, thanks to their hard work and generosity, almost 1,000 acres of iconic North Shore wilderness wedged between [...]




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