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Minnesota Land Trust, a nonprofit 501(c)(3)

 2356 University Avenue West, Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 651-647-9590

1-877-MLT-LAND

Email: mnland@mnland.org

 

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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. Parking available on the south side of the building and on the street (metered).

 

 

 

 
Land Trust Accreditation Commission    Charities Review Council


 

Interest for Others  Guidestar Platinum

 

Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

Volunteer Monitoring 

The Minnesota Land Trust now protects over 500 properties across the state. We visit each landowner and monitor each protected property annually.  Volunteer monitors are critical in helping us achieve this goal.

Becoming a volunteer monitor is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, visit unique places and people, and make a significant contribution to land proteciton throughout Minnesota.

To find out more, contact Kristina Geiger at kgeiger@mnland.org or 651-917-6295.

 

Certification 

Volunteer monitors are so critical to our work that the Minnesota Land Trust has a formal volunteer monitor program. All volunteer monitors are asked to complete a certification process and commit to two or three years of monitoring.

To become certified, you must:

- Complete a volunteer application. To apply, contact Kristina Geiger. 

- Attending a training session. Trainings take place in March and April at locations throughout the state. 

- Visit a protected property with an experienced volunteer or staff monitor. Your "mentor" will show you the ropes of monitoring in the field.  

- Attend annual training sessions. To retain their certification, monitors attend training every year.

 

Your Tasks as a Monitor

After becoming certified, volunteers are typically asked to monitor 3 to 6 protected properties during each monitoring season (January 15th through September 30th).

The Land Trust provides information about your assigned properties, along with monitoring report forms and other information needed to evaluate the current state of the property during the visit.

Your visit includes speaking with the landowner and walking the property. You will also document the state of the property and any questions the landowner may have.

Monitoring one property requires approximately four hours, including reading the materials on your property and travelling to the site.

We ask that volunteer monitors commit to at least two years with the Land Trust. 

Additional Resources 

Read the 2017 Volunteer Newsletter

Check out the Stewardship Page

Learn more about conservation easement stewardship by reading "Easement Stewardship: Building Relationships for the Long Run", an article by staff of the Vermont Land Trust