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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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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).




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Wilderness Lakes & Mississippi Headwaters

The natural shoreline around Minnesota’s celebrated lakes and rivers comprises one of the most biologically important systems in the state for fish, game and wildlife. It is also one of its most threatened. The development and disturbance of the state’s remaining sensitive shoreland habitat continues to be a threat as identified in many of the State’s resource protection plans.

Science conducted by the Minnesota DNR and others indicate that the shoreland zone—from high ground through the water’s edge and into the shallow submerged areas—is one of the most biologically diverse and important habitat types for a variety of wildlife species, including fish and waterfowl.

Because so much shoreline habitat is on private land, it is also one of Minnesota’s most threatened resources due to the intensity of shoreline development and non-compatible management.

The Minnesota Land Trust is working throughout this historic "up north" region that includes the Arrowhead and the territory west all the way to the heart of the Brainerd Lakes area.  We're working with private landowners to protect lakeshore, riverbanks and the uplands immediately adjacent to the waterfront. Our goals are three-fold:

  • Protecting critical shoreland of streams and lakes
  • Protecting forestland through acquisition or easement
  • Targeting unique  landscapes that have historical value to fish and wildlife

Miles of shoreline on Lake Superior and trout streams that flow into it, as well as the lakes, streams and rivers of Northern Minnesota have already been protected with permanent conservation easements.

Some significant projects include:

Old grown forest and undisturbed habitat are protected forever.Nearly 1,000 acres of forest and well over 10,000 feet of shoreline have been protected along the Encampment River and other streams. In combination with adjacent protected property, it’s approximately the same size as Gooseberry State Park, creating one of the most significant complexes of undeveloped natural lands along the North Shore.

Nearly 500 acres of key habitat and nearly 3 ½  miles of shoreline in Otter Tail County will remain in its natural state forever. Home to prairie chickens, sandhill cranes and trumpeter swans, this land was especially threatened because of its proximity to the town of Frazee.

A large section of Grand Marais harbor shoreline, as well as Sweetheart's Bluff, are protected.Over two miles of shoreline on Grand Marais' harbor is protected forever, preserving public access and the quaint views that are not unlike what visitors and residents would have seen 50 years ago.