Conservation Program Area

Southeast Blufflands

Hansi Johnson

The most biodiverse area in Minnesota, the Southeast Blufflands feature a deeply dissected plateau forming towering bluffs, some stretching over 600 feet high, with spectacular goat prairies dotting south and southwest facing slopes.

Colloquially known as the “Driftless Area” it was largely untouched by the most recent glacial advances in Minnesota, and the Mississippi River and its tributaries carved the dramatic scenic landscape here. The unique karst topography is distinct for its sinkholes and caves created through the dissolution of the thinly covered underlying soluble bedrock (like limestone) which is common across the Southeast. Fountain, MN is even known as the “Sinkhole Capital of the United States”!

Important species in the area include the timber rattlesnake, peregrine falcon, sturgeon, Blanding’s turtle, and Louisiana waterthrush. Once a threatened species, the rare Pleistocene land snail also calls Southeast Minnesota home.

Current Grant Opportunities:

  • Blufflands Protection Program Minnesota’s distinctive Southeast Blufflands are home to the state’s most diverse array of forest, prairies, streams, and wildlife. The Minnesota Land Trust is looking for willing landowners to participate in the ... Read more.

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Bluffs

Protecting the Family Farm

Houston County has a rich tradition of farming, and family farms still dot the landscape here in Southeast Minnesota. Development has accelerated however, leading to the loss of some cherished family farms and putting the health of our waterways at risk. Thanks to Bob and Michelle Scanlan though, one family farm will be protected forever [...]

Bluffs in Southeast Minnesota

Blufflands Protection Program

Minnesota’s distinctive Southeast Blufflands are home to the state’s most diverse array of forest, prairies, streams, and wildlife. The Minnesota Land Trust is looking for willing landowners to participate in the Blufflands Protection Program, a conservation initiative to permanently protect high quality habitat complexes in southeastern Minnesota. For more information Nick Bancks Program Manager 651-917-6295 [...]

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Baihly Woods

It Takes a Neighborhood

For over 21 years, a group of neighbors in Rochester have worked to preserve and maintain the beautiful natural woods behind their homes. A conservation easement through the Minnesota Land Trust has protected their hard work. In 1997 a group of neighbors in Rochester came together to form the Baihly Woods Preservation Association (BWPA), and to [...]

Restoration

field and wooded bluff

Protecting Winona’s water started with a rattle

The distinctive rattle of the timber rattler most times is a sign that you’re headed down the wrong path, but for Bill and Dawn Farrell of Winona County, that sound sent them down a path that ended up with them creating a complex of protected lands for future generations. Recently the Farrell’s protected their land [...]

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A Lifetime of Memories, Protected Forever

We all have memories we want to hold onto forever, but few of us can put a whole lifetime of memories in a time capsule the way Jeff and Cindy Erding of Fillmore County have. The Erding’s recently completed a conservation easement on their naturally-significant property with the Minnesota Land Trust, which protects their land [...]

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