Hubbard County Forest Addition
Nestled among the beautiful mixed pine and hardwood forests of north central Minnesota, the mighty Mississippi River begins its journey downstream, passing along ten states before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. This is the fourth largest river in the world and provides extensive habitat, biodiversity, and water supply for over 18 million people. The river’s headwater region, comprised of the first 400 miles of the main flow and its branching watersheds, offers unparalleled recreational opportunities for Minnesotans like hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and boating. As a critical ecological area and popular summer destination for families, Trust for Public Land is working to protect the Mississippi River and surrounding landscape from development and agricultural conversion.
With our partners, we helped protect 714 acres of forest as part of our ongoing Mississippi Headwaters Program efforts. Not far from Itasca State Park or Hubbard County Deep Lake Park, this land will be added to the Hubbard County Forest system, helping connect other public land in the area and increase recreational access for this popular region. In addition, it will further support local economic stability by maintaining working forests. As this area continues to grow in popularity, we’re working to protect the spaces that Minnesotans love the most, meaning more outdoor experiences to enjoy.
Funding for this project was provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund.