Metro Big Rivers

A group hikes on the Elk River Property, Elk River, MN, October 16, 2015.Photo Credit: Andy Richter

In partnership with several other conservation organizations, The Trust for Public Land is working to permanently protect high-quality habitat for fish and wildlife along the Mississippi, Minnesota, and St. Croix rivers and their tributaries in the Twin Cities region. In addition to safeguarding the diversity of native ecosystems, this work will beautify the built environment, provide close-to-home access to natural places for Twin Cities residents, create natural connections between neighborhoods, and make the Twin Cities more resilient to severe weather driven by climate change. A few recently protected lands are an addition to the Savage Fen Scientific and Natural Area and the Blakeley Bluffs addition to the Ney Wildlife Management Area—both in Scott County, only 30 miles south of the Twin Cities.

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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.