Protect Your Land & Legacy Forever

If you're a landowner who would like to protect your land, start today.

Protect Your Land for Future Generations

By permanently protecting 900 acres of important land and critical water for tullibee, YMCA Camp Olson made an investment in future generations, ensuring the camp would continue to be able to offer incredible outdoor experiences to kids and their families for years to come. Hear what current campers, former campers, board members, and staff have to say about protecting Camp Olson.

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This land protection program is a partnership between Northern Waters Land Trust and Minnesota Land Trust.

Funding for this program is provided from the Outdoor Heritage Fund as part of the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment.

Land Protection Options

Are you passionate about preserving the natural beauty and ecological value of your land for future generations?

We offer two effective methods for protecting your property.

  • Conservation Easements
  • Land Transfers for Conservation 

What is a Conservation Easement?

An easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits certain uses of the land to protect its conservation values. With a conservation easement, you retain ownership of your land, and you can ensure your land will be protected for future generations. Learn more about the advantages of a conservation easement here



What is a Land Transfer for Conservation?

Discover the advantages of transferring your land to public management for conservation purposes. A land transfer involves the sale or donation of land to a land trust or government agency for conservation. This option allows landowners to directly contribute to conservation efforts by permanently safeguarding their property and can help create protected areas, wildlife corridors, and public recreational spaces. Learn more about land sales and donations for conservation here. 

Join a Q&A webinar to Learn about Land Protection Options

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Q&A: Conservation Options for Landowners

Join experts from Northern Waters Land Trust to learn about available protection options for Minnesota landowners. Get your conservation questions answered and identify which program is best for you during this online information session.

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2024

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

What is a Land Trust?

Land trusts are non-governmental conservation organizations that protect habitat, promote clean water and air, and ensure that land is available for future generations.


What is a Land Trust & What do They Do?

Land Trusts are non-profit organizations that protect wildlife habitat, lakes and rivers, and other natural landscapes to benefit people and the environment. By partnering with landowners, government agencies, and communities, land trusts play a vital role in promoting sustainable land use and preserving the beauty and health of our environment.

Watch the video to learn more about land trusts in conservation efforts.

Let's Work Together For A Better Future!

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Minnesota Land Trust and Northern Waters Land Trust are 501(c)3 non-profit organizations and accredited land trusts in Minnesota.

Together, we are working to preserve natural landscapes, wildlife habitats, forests, and waters through land protection projects with private landowners like you.

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Kabekona Lake Watershed Reaches 75% Protection Goal

Together, Northern Waters Land Trust, The Minnesota Land Trust and our partners achieved a significant milestone in 2023 when we protected 75% of the lands within the Kabekona Lake watershed. This success is crucial for Minnesota’s tullibee and large gamefish populations which require clean, cold water and deep lakes to survive.

But it’s not enough. In the face of rapid commercial and private development and climate change, we must replicate this success in more watersheds across the region in partnership with private forest landowners to support wildlife and fish. Will you help? The first step is to let us know you’re interested in participating in one of our grant funded habitat protection programs.

Ready to Protect Your Land?

If you're ready to take the next step in conserving your land, let us know you are interested in participating in one of our grant-funded programs. It's easy to get started.

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