Cannon River Watershed

Walking in The Trust for Public Land's Koester Prairie., 2014, MN, Cannon Rivers Koester PrairieWalking in The Trust for Public Land's Koester Prairie., 2014, MN, Cannon Rivers Koester PrairiePhoto Credit: Rubinstein Photo 2013

The Trust for Public Land is working to conserve critical habitat around the Cannon River, less than an hour’s drive south of the Twin Cities. This region has recently suffered loss and fragmentation of wildlife habitat due to development and intensive agriculture. We are working with interested landowners and communities to protect and restore prairies, grasslands, wetlands, and shoreline, and to provide public access for hunting, angling, and other outdoor recreation. A few successes include the Dora Lake Wildlife Management Area, near the river’s headwaters, and Prairie Creek Wildlife Area, near Northfield.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.