Savanna State Forest Addition
The Trust for Public Land recently announced the protection of over 170 acres on the Mississippi River in North Central Minnesota as part of its ongoing Mississippi Headwaters Program. The recently protected land is over 170 acres of mixed hardwood forest with approximately 1.25 miles of undeveloped frontage on the Mississippi River. The land provides excellent wildlife and aquatic habitat, as well as substantial water quality benefits. Located along the Great River Road, this scenic area is under considerable development pressure. The Trust for Public Land conveyed the land to the DNR to be managed as an addition to the Savanna State Forest providing outstanding public recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, wildlife observation and canoeing.
The acquisition was funded by the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The Trust for Public Land helped lead the campaign to establish the Outdoor Heritage Fund as part of the 2008 Legacy Referendum that provides dedicated sales tax funding for the environment.