Southeast Blufflands

A man stands in a fieldPhoto credit: Bob McGillivray

The distinctive "driftless" region of southeast Minnesota is characterized by forests and prairies threaded by wandering trout streams and the Mississippi, Root, Whitewater, Zumbro, and Cannon rivers. Although this blufflands region is rich in wildlife habitat and recreation potential, only 5 percent is protected and open for public use. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Minnesota Land Trust, The Trust for Public Land is working to create and expand conservation areas in the blufflands, to protect important wildlife habitat, and to improve access to recreation across this singular region. Recently protected, the new Yucatan Wildlife Management Area is located south of Rushford near the Root River.

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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.