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Love Our Lakes

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

Conservation Conversation: Featuring Kris Larson and Ruurd Schoolderman

July 21, 2021
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Conservation Conversations: What is a Land Trust? Northern Waters Land Trust Partners with MN Land Trust, featuring Kris Larson (Executive Director of Minnesota Land Trust) and Ruurd Schoolderman (Program Manager for Minnesota Land Trust)

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Donation Expands Pelican Lake Aquatic Management Area

July 14, 2021
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In January of 2020, the Pelican Lake Aquatic Management Area (AMA), on the east side of the lake, grew by 24 acres with the addition of the Dorothy and George McDonald Tract, resulting in 84 acres of permanently protected land. These 24 acres are undeveloped and will result in the…

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Conservation Conversation: Featuring Todd Holman

June 15, 2021
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The Importance of Conservation of the Mississippi Headwaters, featuring Todd Holman (Mississippi Headwaters Program Director for the MN-ND-SD Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, based in Brainerd)

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Cedar Lake, Wildlife Management Area Addition

June 2, 2021
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The Cedar Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) grew in size by 46 acres in May 2021 with the purchase and conveyance of the Skylar Tuthill Trust property by the Northern Waters Land Trust (NWLT) to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The 100 acre WMA is located in Farm Island…

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Conservation Conversation: Featuring Don Rosenberry

May 19, 2021
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Shingobee Headwaters Aquatic Ecosystems Project, featuring Don Rosenberry (United States Geological Survey, Research Hydrologist) Don Rosenberry who is a research hydrologist with the *USGS.  Don tells us about his research work on the Shingobee Headwaters Aquatic Ecosystems Project (SHAEP) here in Minnesota.  This project brings together scientists from the *USGS along with students…

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Conservation Conversation: Featuring Kelly Condiff

April 20, 2021
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Cass County SWCD and the Northern Waters Land Trust, featuring Kelly Condiff (Technical Resource Specialist for Cass County SWCD and Cass County Environmental Services) We talk wetlands, water shed plans and the existing relationship between the Northern Waters Land Trust and the Soil and Water Conservation District.

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Star Tribune Article: “North-Central Minnesota Lakes are Getting Murkier Faster”

March 19, 2021
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February 21, 2021 – By Jennifer Bjorhus Northern Waters Land Trust is referenced in this article for the great conservation work we are doing in our north-central region. With rising lake temperatures, forecasted population growth, and development pressures, it is clear that the permanent land protection projects NWLT facilitates is…

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Conservation Conversations on Northern Community Radio

March 19, 2021
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Every month, we dive into a specific conservation subject and often invite a special guest on the show to share their knowledge. Tune in on future shows! We go “live” every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8:40am. 91.7 Grand Rapids | 90.5 Bemidji | 89.9 Brainerd | 103.9 Ely…

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Conservation Conversation: Featuring Kathy Wagner

March 18, 2021
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Lake Associations and the Northern Waters Land Trust | KAXE, featuring Kathy Semotuk Wagner (Association of Cass County Lakes President) Kathy Semotuk Wagner has lived in Cass County since the age of seven when her parents bought a small fishing resort on Wabedo Lake. In 2003, she returned to the…

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Conservation Conversation: Featuring Pete Jacobson

February 16, 2021
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Fisheries Scientist Pete Jacobson on Tullibees with Northern Waters Land Trust | KAXE, featuring Pete Jacobson (former DNR Fisheries Scientist) Pete Jacobson retired from DNR Fisheries and is now a staff member for the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District.  Discussion about the NWLT’s Clean Water Critical Habitat program which…

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Conservation Conversation: Featuring John Sumption and Annie Knight

December 23, 2020
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New Monthly Segment on the Tuesday Morning Show with Northern Waters Land Trust | KAXE, featuring John Sumption and Annie Johnson (NWLT Conservation Staff) John Sumption and Annie Johnson from the NWLT join Heidi Holtan and John Latimer to talk about their organization, how they got started and who they represent. …

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Preserving Minnesota’s Water Quality – Before It’s Too Late

September 4, 2020
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Preserving the water quality in our state is becoming increasingly urgent! It is widely agreed that the majority of Minnesota lakes and rivers south of Interstate 94 are now impaired. That does not mean they are all beyond improving but, for the most part, trying to reverse the water quality…

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