Big Rivers Program

Mississippi River Northwoods Habitat Complex, MNPhoto credit: Chris Stockness

The Mississippi, St. Croix, and Minnesota rivers are among Minnesota’s most precious natural resources. They provide fresh drinking water, along with habitat for birds, fish, and other wildlife—and they are favored playgrounds for millions of Minnesotans. The Trust for Public Land works with communities to protect these rivers, lands surrounding them, and access points where everyone can get to and enjoy the water. This work is concentrated in four geographies:

Funding for this work is provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature and recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) to restore, protect, and enhance Minnesota's wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife.

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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.