Mississippi Headwaters

Partnership Protects Bad Axe Lake, Northern Minnesota Fisheries

Canoeing on Bad Axe Lake | Photo: Northern Lights Council, BSA SAINT PAUL, Minn, April 26, 2023 — Together, the Minnesota Land Trust and the Northern Lights Council of the Boy Scouts of America have permanently protected a portion of Boy Scout Camp Wilderness, including over 3,600 feet of natural shoreline on Bad Axe Lake [...]

Aerial photo of protected property showing lakes and forest

Protecting Pancake Lake in the Mississippi Headwaters

The Minnesota Land Trust has protected beautiful, undeveloped Pancake Lake in Cass County, MN, and a portion of Boy River, which connects seven deep, tullibee-supporting cold water lakes in the Mississippi Headwaters region of Minnesota. Pancake Lake is surrounded by 222 acres of undeveloped hardwood forest and wetlands, including forested peatlands, bog, and wet meadows, [...]

Lily pads and flowers in a northern Minnesota lake

Protecting the Outdoors for Future Generations—YMCA Camp Olson

  When E.O. Olson donated the land near Longville that would become YMCA Camp Olson in 1954, he inscribed these words on the dedication plaque: “One man may not live to see his dreams come true, but his institutions carry on. We hope the Young Man’s Christian Association will preserve in this camp a paradise [...]

loon chick in nest

A Link Between Fish and Forest

Parts of this first appeared in our print Mid-Year Review. Sign up for Land Trust print and online publications and get updates on what’s happening with conservation across our state! It’s prophetic, in a way, that Candace Gouze’s birthday falls on Earth Day. After all, she’s led her family’s extraordinary efforts to protect their own [...]



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