New Strategic Plan

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Northern Waters Land Trust has a new Strategic Plan and would like to thank everyone who worked on developing this plan: Board of Directors, Staff, Committee Members, and Judy Anderson with Community Consultants.


Preserve Land to Protect Water


Our unique region will have clean and resilient 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 engaged community and a diversity of conservation partners.

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Who We Are

Northern Waters Land Trust (NWLT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and accredited land trust in Minnesota. Formerly the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, NWLT has been preserving land to protect northern Minnesota’s pristine waters for more than 30 years.

What We Do

Northern Waters Land Trust works in northern Minnesota to conserve habitat for wildlife and plants, secure water quality, ensure land is available for future generations, provide equitable access to nature, protect family legacies, tackle climate change, and build healthy communities.

How We Conserve

Northern Waters Land Trust permanently protects land and water via conservation easements, land sales and donations, and educational programs.

View the full plan here.


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