Stony Point

Photo of a man fishing at Leech LakePhoto credit: Andy Richter

To the delight of local anglers, boaters, campers, skiers, snowmobilers, and conservationists, The Trust for Public Land has protected 40 pristine acres along Leech Lake, including a half mile of shoreline, as an addition to Chippewa National Forest.

Prior to The Trust for Public Land's involvement, the land’s longtime owner had announced plans for a luxury second-home development, which would have threatened sensitive wetlands, destroyed Native American sites, blocked public access to a favorite angling spot, and degraded the water quality of Minnesota's third largest lake.

Stony Point was protected with help from The Trust for Public Land’s Northwoods Land Protection Fund, created and sustained through donations by generous individuals. This fund allows The Trust for Public Land to react quickly to protect at-risk, high-priority lands for ultimate conservation and public use.

Funding for this project was provided by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the federal government’s main source of money for land protection. LWCF is funded through royalties paid by energy companies for offshore gas and oil drilling, not from taxpayer dollars.

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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.