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Minnesota Land Trust and Osprey Wilds ELC Permanently Protect Grindstone Lake

Partnership Preserves 460 Acres of Forest, Prairie and Wetland Habitat It’s a 54-year-old gift that keeps on giving. Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, located on Grindstone Lake in Sandstone, Minn., started its life as a 535-acre gift from Marguerite Schwyzer in 1968. On January 25, 2022, Osprey Wilds and the Minnesota Land Trust completed a [...]

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Creating Nature Connections That Lead to Conservation

A critical part of our mission at Minnesota Land Trust is helping people who may experience barriers to access build connections with nature to deepen their appreciation for natural spaces and ultimately instill a conservation ethos. With this mission in mind, Minnesota Land Trust launched a new engagement program in 2021 called Ambassador Lands. The [...]

Ambassador Lands, Engagement, Featured

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A Bison and Native Prairie Partnership Thrives in Central Minnesota

Situated in Morrison County, Minnesota, within the Minnesota Land Trust’s Rum River & St. Croix River conservation program area approximately 15 miles from Mille Lacs Lake, this 552-acre protected property features rolling terrain with a mix of grasslands, forest, and wetlands. In addition to the bison herd that grazes on various herbaceous grasses and forbs [...]

Featured, Protected Property

Goats surround an invasive shrub and eat it

Goats Help Restore Resilient Lands in Southeastern Minnesota

Goats are known for all kinds of antics, including “yelling,” “fainting,” and of course climbing into everything from delivery trucks to trees. In southeastern Minnesota, on a Winona County property protected by a Minnesota Land Trust conservation easement, these functionally majestic animals are being leveraged for another one of their innate talents – the ability to destroy everything of a certain size in their path. In this case, they’re helping property owners address invasive common buckthorn [...]

Featured, Restoration

Prairie Pothole

A Ducky Partnership

Minnesota is renowned for its ecosystem diversity; countless wildlife, plants and insects call it home. So, it may not be surprising to learn that Minnesota is also home to America’s “Duck Factory”, one of the most productive nesting areas for waterfowl in North America. The prairie pothole region, found in western Minnesota, is a landscape [...]

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