Conservation Program Area

Twin Cities Metro

Nicole Harrington

The Minnesota Land Trust was started in 1991 as the Washington County Land Trust, focused on the Twin Cities metro area in Washington County. Even as our mission expanded to encompass the whole state, we never lost sight of our founding mission and continue to work within the Twin Cities Metro to protect the best natural places before they are lost to growth and future development.

The Metro area contains a number of important species, such as River Otters (which are plentiful in the Fort Snelling area), Bald Eagles, white tailed deer, and Great blue herons. Three big river corridors and their tributaries flow through the metro area, including the Minnesota, Mississippi, and St. Croix rivers. The habitat within this area is under intense development pressure, and rising land values further imperil natural areas. We are building, adding onto, connecting and restoring complexes and corridors of protected habitat that include wetlands, prairies, forests and aquatic habitat.

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Twin Cities Metro Habitat Protection Program

You can protect Minnesota’s most important natural areas in the Twin Cities Metro Area. 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 [...]

Keystone woods

Protecting the Keystone Woods for future generations

Population growth in the Twin Cities metro area has accelerated in recent decades, putting development pressure on the forests, wetlands, farmland, and lakes around it. Washington County landowners have taken a step to protect their land from development forever with a conservation easement through the Minnesota Land Trust and Washington County. “In the years I’ve [...]


Important Twin Cities area habitat protected forever

Joseph Slavec’s property lies on the edge of the Twin Cities metro, in an area rich with lakes and wetlands. One of the last remaining unprotected parcels in a habitat corridor connecting Lake Rebecca Regional Park to Lake Sarah, it provides important habitat to Trumpeter Swans and other unique wildlife. And now, thanks to a [...]

Protected Property

Furthering a family legacy of conservation

Just outside of the Twin Cities metro in Isanti County, lies the property of Jason and Aimee Wendberg. This land, which had supported generations of the Wendberg family since they first arrived from Sweden, is now protected forever thanks to a conservation easement with the Minnesota Land Trust. Most of the property is wetlands, with [...]

Protected Property

Preserving a family legacy

The Jannusch family has lived and farmed on property by Hunter Lake for generations, and with a conservation easement through the Minnesota Land Trust they were able to permanently preserve that legacy, and protect threatened habitats, the open spaces and farm land they have worked to maintain for decades. This property is of particular value [...]

Protected Property




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