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Summer Photo Campaign

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Summer Photo Campaign!

The winner of this summer's drawing is featured here.

  • Loon Nest on Cedar Lake by Paul TenEyck

Watch for your photos in future NWLT communications.



Project Highlights & Updates

Northern Waters Land Trust Sells Stony Point Land to U.S. Forest Service

September 21, 2022
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For the past eight years, the Northern Waters Land Trust patiently waited to transfer a 3.15 acre parcel on Leech Lake in Cass County to the US Forest Service.  The wooded property with 1,030 shoreline feet is surrounded by Chippewa National Forest and is west of the Stony Point Campground. …

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Find the Crayfish, Find the Fish

August 11, 2022
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A great way to locate fish in midsummer is to find crayfish. Just about every kind of fish likes to chew on crayfish, especially young crayfish before they get too big and their outside skeleton gets too hard. Bass, walleye, pike and even big panfish like to munch down crayfish.…

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Conservation Conversations: Featuring Pat Collins

July 20, 2022
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Conservation Conversations: Conservation Easements and the Minnesota Land Trust | KAXE, featuring Pat Collins (Conservation Program Manager at Minnesota Land Trust) and John Sumption (Co-Chair of NWLT Conservation Committee)   Heidi Holtan: It’s time for our Conservation Conversation. Once a month we connect with our partners at Northern Waters Land Trust.…

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Conservation Conversation: Featuring Crystal Mathisrud

June 28, 2022
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Conservation Conversations: Discussion on Carbon Sequestration in Conservation | KAXE, featuring Crystal Mathisrud, (District Manager of Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District) Heidi: Good morning! Thanks for being here. John S.: Good morning, John and Heidi! Today our guest is Crystal Mathisrud. She’s the district manager for the Hubbard…

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Critical Shoreline Habitat Added to Miller’s Bay AMA

June 14, 2022
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DNR works with partners to expand Miller’s Bay Aquatic Management Area on Leech Lake The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Northern Waters Land Trust, Leech Lake Association, and the Twin Cities Chapter of Muskies, Inc., Hugh C. Becker Grant Committee recently partnered to purchase 5.25 acres with 1,300 feet of…

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Lakeland Currents with Jason Edens

May 31, 2022
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  Northern Waters Land Trust staff talk with Lakeland Currents host, Jason Edens, on why conservation is important in protecting our lakes, the role of easements in conservation, and the value of collaboration among various organizations and agencies throughout the region.

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Why not largemouth bass?

May 26, 2022
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Fish biologists are suggesting that as our climate continues to get warmer we are going to see a reduction in walleye, perch, northern pike and muskies in the northern parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.  All these species depend on colder water and a good healthy forage base of Tullibee. Tullibee…

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Conservation Conversation: Featuring Doug Schultz and George Selcke

May 19, 2022
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Conservation Conversations: Conserving Critical Muskie Spawning Grounds | KAXE, featuring Doug Schultz (DNR Walker Area Fisheries Supervisor) and George Selcke (NWLT Board Member, Member of the Twin Cities Chapter of Muskies Inc., and Chairman of its Hugh C. Becker Grant Committee) Heidi: So, Annie, what a difference a month makes!…

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Who will be the next generation of outdoor stewards?

April 23, 2022
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I have been giving a lot of thought to an issue that has emerged across America. Who will take an interest in the outdoors when the current generations are gone? Writers like to place people in categories to look at trends, values, and interests. We have the Greatest Generation, those…

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Conservation Conversation: Featuring Paul Radomski

April 19, 2022
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Conservation Conversations: Lakes of Biological Significance | KAXE, featuring Paul Radomski (DNR Biologist, co-author of Lakeshore Living and author of Walleye: A Beautiful Fish of the Dark).   Heidi: Good morning, John. Good morning, Paul. Thanks for being here today! Paul: Good morning, Heidi and John! Heidi: And here is Annie Knight joining…

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The Bemidji Pioneer: Collaborating for conservation, Bemidji State students join local carbon sequestration project

March 30, 2022
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March 25th, 2022: By Nicole Ronchetti. Northern Waters Land Trust, Hubbard County SWCD, MN DNR, and BSU Students are working together on a carbon sequestration pilot project. This project is funded by the Initiative Foundation.    

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Conservation Conversation: Featuring Rick Bruesewitz and Bob Karls

March 17, 2022
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Conservation Conversations: Cedar Lake Wildlife Management Area in Aitkin County | KAXE, featuring Bob Karls (NWLT Board Chair & Cedar Lake Conservancy Member) and Rick Bruesewitz (Aitkin Area DNR Fisheries Supervisor) The Cedar Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) grew in size by 46 acres in May 2021 with the purchase…

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