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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The Minnesota Land Trust’s Twin Cities Metro Conservation Program Area encompasses the rapidly growing Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan area that contains a majority of Minnesota’s increasingly diversifying population. The Minnesota Land Trust’s 2017-2027 goals for the Twin Cities Metro are to: Protect 5,000 acres of private lands Restore 1,500 acres of public and private lands [...]
If you’ve ever poured yourself a refreshing glass of tap water in Saint Paul, chances are you’re drinking water that has passed through a Minnesota Land Trust protected property. While the Land Trust protects thousands of acres in the headwaters of the Mississippi River and adjoining waterways, a conservation easement at North Oaks placed 20 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]