Preserving the lands and waters you love!

Funding Options

Northern Waters Land Trust works with multiple partners to find the solution for your conservation needs.

The primary funding source NWLT uses to support landowner’s out-of-pocket costs to establish a conservation easement on their property, or facilitate a fee title acquisition, is the Outdoor Heritage Fund. Established in 2008 when Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment (Legacy Amendment) to the Minnesota Constitution, the Outdoor Heritage Fund "may be spent only to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands, prairies, forest and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife."

NWLT also works in partnership with the DNR and area Soil & Water Conservation Districts to facilitate other grant-based conservation projects, through programs such as:

If you are interested in protecting your land or lake, let NWLT be your first point of contact to help determine which conservation program would work best for your parcels. Contact us at







Why Conservation Matters


Northern Waters Land Trust focuses on:

  • protecting high priority critical fish habitat
  • the watersheds within Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard counties

How do we do it?

  • Work with landowners who want to:
    • Donate (or)
    • Be compensated (and)
    • Permanently protect their property’s natural or scenic features

Protection is completed through conservation easements or fee title acquisitions that target sensitive shoreland and private forests.