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Expanded Wildlife Management Area

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Project Highlights & Updates

New Strategic Plan

May 10, 2024
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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. Mission Preserve Land to Protect Water Vision Our unique region will have clean and resilient lakes, rivers, wetlands,…

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New Barbour Lake Aquatic Management Area Protected in Crow Wing County

April 19, 2024
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Barbour Lake is a 56-acre lake connected to the 490-acre Smith Lake in the Mille Lacs Lake Watershed.  A 96-acre property on Barbour Lake was purchased by Northern Waters Land Trust (NWLT) in March 2024 using State of Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Funds and a match from the Department of Natural…

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Learn about Watershed-Based Conservation with Ray Gildow

April 17, 2024
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Tim Bremicker and Annie Knight joined Lakeland Currents host, Ray Gildow, to discuss Northern Waters Land Trust’s watershed-based conservation approach to protecting the lakes in northern Minnesota.

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Protecting Land and Water in Cass County on Leavitt Lake

December 6, 2023
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A significant 67 acre property was protected in 2023 when it was purchased using Outdoor Heritage Funds and transferred to Cass County for permanent public management as forest land. The property in Crooked Lake Township is bordered by Cass County forest land on three sides and 1,600 feet of shoreline…

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Kabekona Watershed: A Success Story

August 31, 2023
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As told by Kathy DonCarlos, Northern Waters Land Trust, and Luther Nervig, Kabekona Lake Foundation and Association This is the story of a northern cold-water lake in Minnesota, the conservation and protection of its watershed, the commitment and perseverance of a lake association, partners and landowners and financial support of…

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New Board Member, Amanda Wold

August 7, 2023
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The Board of Directors is excited to announce that Amanda Wold has joined the Board of Directors of Northern Waters Land Trust. Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Ecological Restoration. She has experience in building effective and productive working relationships and a strong commitment…

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Board Appoints New Executive Director – Annie Knight

July 22, 2023
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21 July 2023 Summer Greetings, The Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Annie Knight as the new Executive Director of Northern Waters Land Trust. The Recruiting Committee wholeheartedly recommended Annie to the Board of Directors based on her successful track record and capacity to lead Northern…

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NWLT Appointed to MN Clean Water Council

June 29, 2023
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We are excited to share that Northern Waters Land Trust has been appointed to a prestigious position on the Minnesota Clean Water Council! We are excited to share that Northern Waters Land Trust has been appointed to a prestigious position on the Minnesota Clean Water Council! This is a tremendous…

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Roosevelt Lake Aquatic Management Area Grows Through A Land Donation

May 31, 2023
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Roosevelt Lake Aquatic Management Area (AMA) in Cass and Crow Wing Counties was established in 2016 and was expanded in March 2023 with a land donation on Woods Bay. With this addition, the AMA grew to approximately 111 acres and over 5,900 feet of pristine, forested shoreland in Woods Bay.…

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Lakeland Currents with Ray Gildow

January 13, 2023
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Join Lakeland Currents host, Ray Gildow, as he talks with Northern Waters Land Trust about our most important natural resource, freshwater.

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100 Plus Women event touches the hearts of many in the Leech Lake area

December 20, 2022
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More than 115 women gathered Dec. 5 at the Arvig Walker Area Community Center to make an impact on a local non-profit through a group called 100 Plus Women Who Care of the Leech Lake Area. Women from Walker, Hackensack, Longville and surrounding areas were among those who attended. 100…

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Securing Sourcewater via Forestland

December 19, 2022
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Outdoor Heritage Fund-backed land purchases in Crow Wing and Hubbard counties will benefit wildlife habitat and protect a source of drinking water. The Crow Wing County purchases included this parcel in the Pine River watershed, which flows to the Mississippi River – a source of drinking water for more than…

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