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Minnesota Land Trust

 2356 University Avenue West, Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Telephone: (651) 647-9590

1-877-MLT-LAND

Located on the Green Line, across the street from Raymond Station

On bus routes 16, 21, 63 and 67

Nice Ride location across the street, available seasonally

Street parking at metered spots

 

Email us: mnland@mnland.org

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Wednesday
Aug242016

Congressman Walz Brings Blufflands Conservation Partners Together

The Ken and Terry Visger Farm in southeastern Minnesota conserves wildlife habitat and water quality from which we all benefit!Landowners Ken and Terry Visger recently hosted Congressman Tim Walz and a bevy of conservation partners at their home near Hokah in southeastern Minnesotas.

The Visgers conserved their land six years ago, and have been continually adding to and improving their goat and tall-grass prairie.

As Terry puts it: "It's for the pollinators!"

The Congressman asked great questions about Ken and Terry's goals, and expressed his appreciation for their dedication to wildlife habitat and water quality.

Executive Director Kris Larson appreciates Tim Walz' commitment to conservation:

"We all owe Representative Walz a big 'thank you' for his leadership and support of conservation issues, including private land protection.

Thanks to policies and partnerships that will help clean our water and protect wildlife habitat, our state is much better off thanks to the Congressman's efforts." Board Member Kelly Scanlan presented an award of appreciation to Congressman Tim Walz.

Several conservation partners were in attendance as well, including The Nature Conservancy, Minnesota DNR, Mower and Root River Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Mississippi Valley Conservancy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and others. 

These public private partnerships are the key to accomplishing long term conservation goals, and it's always great to make new connections as well as greet past friends.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

St. Croix River Valley Important Bird Area Conserved

Tennessee Warblers are among the many migratory birds that travel the St. Croix River Corridor each year. Photo: Becky FieldDrive just a couple of miles north of the town of Stillwater and you'll find yourself in the rolling landscape of the St. Croix River Valley. Acres of rolling farm fields are interrupted by stands of forest and other open spaces. 

It's in this bucolic landscape that the Docksteader family has lived for over a hundred years. And now, nearly 90 acres have been preserved forever by Sharon Docksteader. 

Located within an Important Bird Area designated by Audubon Minnesota, the land contains key habitat for red-shouldered hawk, rose-breasted grosbeak and Louisiana waterthrush. The nearby St. Croix River is an important highway for migratory birds as well.

The mix of forest and open lands are important for bird and other wildlife species, but it also provides a scenic backdrop for paddlers on the St. Croix Wild and Scenic River. In fact, this new conservation easement is adjacent to a scenic easement that's held by the National Park Service.

Sharon was thrilled to complete this easement, saying with tears in her eyes that she thought her parents "would be pleased" to know that their land would always remain open and natural.

Sharon generously donated this easement, while long-term monitoring expenses have been provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund as approved by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, and by members of the Minnesota Land Trust. 

Additional funding was provided by the St. Croix Valley Foundation.

Your support is critical to projects like this one as well, because grant funding only pays for a portion of the total costs to complete the project as well as monitor and defend the easement into the future.

Thank you!