Clean water protection

Everyone understands the value of lakefront property. But a nearly four-acre tract of Lake Erie shoreline between a recreational park and a municipal beach in Port Clinton was a treasure that presented a rare opportunity to preserve coastal wetlands and... Read more

Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie is home to a new nature preserve. The 7.8-acre island property—with extensive migratory bird habitat and a large population of the Lake Erie watersnake—was threatened with development for residential and vacation homes.... Read more

Minnesota's lakes, rivers, and streams provide clean water for humans and other species alike. But none is more important than the Mississippi River. From its source at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota, the Mississippi winds 700 miles south to the Iowa... Read more

The Trust for Public Land established the Northwoods Initiative to protect the iconic landscapes of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan and preserve a heritage that is at risk of disappearing. This landscape encompasses millions of acres of forest... Read more

Generations of Minnesotans spent childhood summers at Camp Ojiketa on the shores of Green Lake, a place where one can still see deer, owls, loons, wild turkeys, painted turtles, great blue herons, and beautiful sunsets. When its owner, Minnesota Council of... Read more

Along the Mississippi River in Inver Grove Heights, TPL continues to secure key properties that compose the Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area. Since 2003, in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources and Friends of the Mississippi... Read more

In 2006, TPL helped conserve 670-acres in rapidly growing Chisago County. This site includes extensive mixed hardwood wetlands, three miles of undeveloped lakefront on Rush Lake, and the headwaters of Rush Creek, a tributary of the scenic St. Croix River... Read more

At 590 acres, this natural area along Cedar Creek and the Rum River—a state Wild and Scenic River—is one of the largest undeveloped landscapes in the Twin Cites metro region. TPL stepped in to acquire the land for a county natural area after negotiations... Read more

Contrary to its name, Dead Lake teems with life. At nearly 8,000 acres, it's the largest Natural Environmental Lake in Minnesota, supporting abundant fish, waterfowl, and other wildlife. For years, a battle raged between local conservation-minded... Read more

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