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Protecting Minnesota’s Lakes of Outstanding Biological Significance

Conserve shoreland and protect water quality 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 Lakes of Outstanding [...]

Grants, Protection Grants

Common Tern

Restoring Habitat for a Threatened Species on Interstate Island

Big problems require a champion, someone with a specific mix of skills, connections, and vision, who can systematically and patiently work a process and stay connected to the larger purpose to bring the vision into reality. In 2019, Interstate Island and its Common Tern colony needed a champion. The 6-acre dredge spoil island in the [...]

Featured, Restoration

A land peninsula with trees juts into the mostly smooth water as a cloudy sky reflects

St. Croix Watershed Research Station Land Permanently Protected

Minnesota Land Trust, Washington County, and Science Museum of Minnesota permanently protect St. Croix Watershed Research Station Land At the Science Museum of Minnesota’s St. Croix Watershed Research Station, groundwater bubbles up to the surface through a “boiling sand spring.” Native plant communities like cold-water wetlands, oak forests and restored prairie harbor a large number [...]

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Minnesota Land Trust and Osprey Wilds ELC Permanently Protect Grindstone Lake

Partnership Preserves 460 Acres of Forest, Prairie and Wetland Habitat It’s a 54-year-old gift that keeps on giving. Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, located on Grindstone Lake in Sandstone, Minn., started its life as a 535-acre gift from Marguerite Schwyzer in 1968. On January 25, 2022, Osprey Wilds and the Minnesota Land Trust completed a [...]

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Small Game Hunting with Modern Carnivore in Southeastern Minnesota

Mark Norquist and Ronnell Lyn. (Photo: Hansi Johnson) A critical part of the mission at Minnesota Land Trust is helping people who may experience barriers to access build connections with nature to deepen their appreciation for natural spaces and ultimately instill a conservation ethos. With this mission in mind, Minnesota Land Trust launched a new [...]

Ambassador Lands, Engagement, Featured

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