Preserving the lands and waters you love!
Preserve land to protect water
Our region will have clean lakes, rivers, wetlands and forests that support a diversity of fish and wildlife. We will leave this legacy for future generations by working with an educated, mobilized community and trusted conservation partners.
Integrity and Excellence
We will meet the highest ethical and professional standards. We will be honest, accountable and earn trust by building collaborative relationships, being competent, and following through on all commitments.
Develop, analyze and use the best available conservation science to set priorities, make decisions, take action and measure results. We will conduct our business in an environmentally sensitive manner and use our local knowledge and creative approach to result in maximum positive conservation outcomes.
Inclusiveness, Collaboration, Teamwork and Diversity
We believe that enduring conservation success depends on the active involvement of people and partners whose lives and cultures are linked to natural systems we seek to conserve. We believe conservation is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of diverse back-grounds, beliefs, and cultures. We work collaboratively with all sectors of society. We respect a variety of viewpoints and diversity of thought. We work in an environment that encourages each of us to achieve our potential and values the contribution of all.
Our Team & Leadership
Northern Waters Land Trust has a team of professionals who specialize in land protection, community engagement, and collaboration. NWLT staff work closely with the board of directors, committees, partner organizations, and community members to protect our lands and waters.
Northern Waters Land Trust is managed by an actively engaged team of volunteer Board of Directors members who serve 3-year terms. Board members come from various backgrounds, and all have a desire to preserve some of the most biologically significant lands and waters in Minnesota. Board roles include organizational governance, providing insight on the projects NWLT is working on, public speaking, fundraising, and outreach.
Our Methods of Conservation
We work with landowners, lake associations, government agencies, civic groups, and other nonprofits to conserve forestland, wildlife habitat, shorelines, water resources, and scenic vistas in the heart of Minnesota's lakes area.
Land Conservation Committee
The Conservation Committee oversees and implements the organizations’ land conservation work in accordance with its mission, strategic plan, and all current land transaction and corporation policies.
Outreach & Development Committee
The Outreach Committee organizes educational workshops, engages in community outreach, and oversees fundraising for the organization.
Technical Advisory Committee
The Technical Advisory Committee is a group of experts, who identify land protection projects and advise advise on scoring methodology.
Northern Waters Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an accredited Land Trust.
All contributions are tax-deductible.