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Minnesota Land Trust

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

 2356 University Avenue West, Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 651-647-9590




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Wetland Habitat Protection Program, Phase II

For more information

Pat Anderson
Program Manager
Direct: 651-917-6288

Application (PDF)

Minnesota Land Trust is currently accepting applications to the Wetland Habitat Protection Program, Phase II. The goal of the program is to protect high priority wetland habitat complexes in Minnesota’s Prairie and Forest-Prairie transition areas by securing permanent conservation easements on private land.

Phase I was a smashing success and protected 1,579 acres of high priority wetland complexes, far exceeding the program goal of 1,100 acres. Although the funding for Phase II is more limited, there are over $1M available for conservation easements. While the program focuses on wetlands, surrounding areas of grasslands, forests, and woodlands may be included in the wetland habitat complex.

We are currently seeking landowners who are interested in protecting their property in the following counties: Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Otter Tail, Pope, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Todd, and Wilkin.

Program Goals

The goal of this program is to permanently protect 750 acres of high priority wetlands and surrounding habitat in the prairie and forest/prairie transition areas of western Minnesota.

Land Eligibility Requirements

In order to protect these targeted habitat complexes, certain minimum criteria must be met:

  • Land must be located within the Prairie and Forest/Prairie Transition Area as set by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. Most of the area within the listed counties is eligible, but there are some limitations.
  • Minimum 40 acres in size.
  • Must contain 10 acres or more wetland habitat or contain an undeveloped shoreline.
  • Agricultural land consisting of row crops, tree farms, etc. may not comprise more than 10% of the property. This acreage will not be eligible for payment.
  • Acres already enrolled in permanent preservation programs, such as RIM, are ineligible. However, CRP, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s conservation easements may be eligible, depending on the level of protection of that particular program.
  • A Habitat Management Plan will be required.
  • Feedlots are not allowed.
  • Maximum of one single-family residence and associated buildings allowed per parcel.
  • No subdivisions of parcels are allowed.

Application Process

This application is intended to allow landowners to apply for perpetual conservation easements purchased by the Minnesota Land Trust with public funds made available through grants provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund to protect high quality wetlands and associated prairie, forest and riparian areas in west central Minnesota.

Completed applications will be reviewed and prioritized relative to one another by the Land Trust based on a competitive process which considers two factors:

  1. The habitat value
  2. The amount a landowner bids to receive as payment (not to exceed 100% of appraised easement value).

Payment for a purchased conservation easement is made upon finalizing a conservation easement with the Minnesota Land Trust.

Landowners should indicate on their application the amount they are willing to receive as compensation for their easement. Opting to donate a conservation easement will allow the Land Trust to conserve more land and may prioritize your application. The Land Trust cannot pay more than the full appraised value of the conservation easement.

Based on a legal description of the property or a property tax identification number, the Land Trust will be able to determine whether the property is located within the project area. Successful applications will be provided a one-time payment upon finalizing a conservation easement with the Land Trust.

Deadline: Applications must be received by the Minnesota Land Trust no later than September 15, 2016 to qualify.

Apply now to participate in the Wetland Habitat Protection Program!

Wetlands Habitat Protection Program Phase II Program Area

Benefits of Donating Conservation Easement Value: As with other charitable contributions, the donation of a conservation easement under certain circumstances may allow the landowner to claim a federal income tax deduction for the value of the easement. A gift of a conservation easement may also reduce estate taxes. Please consult your tax advisor.

The Minnesota Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to protect and restore Minnesota’s most vital and natural lands in order to provide wildlife habitat, clean water, outdoor experiences and scenic beauty for generations to come. Established in 1991, we conserve land all over the state and have completed over 500 conservation easements.

Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment

Funding for this program was provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.