Fish Creek Open Space Area, City of Maplewood Fish Creek Greenway/Photo courtesy City of Maplewood

Keeping with the Fund’s goal to save favorite outdoor places, we helped the City of Maplewood acquire 70 acres around the Fish Creek Open Space Area, increasing it by 50 percent. The Fish Creek Natural Area Greenway stretches from the… Read More

Two Nations, One Region: The Heart Of The Continent Lake at Quetico Provincial Park

The Heart of the Continent represents more than the geographical center of the North American continent. Made up of public lands such as Quetico Provincial Park, Superior National Forest, and Voyageurs National Park, the area is also 5.5 million acres… Read More

Helping The YMCA Of Duluth Save Camp Miller Girl campers at YMCA Duluth

For more than a century, the YMCA of Duluth has offered summer resident camps and outdoor, environmental education opportunities for more than 2,000 youth at Camp Miller. In 2011, we helped the Y permanently protect nearly 300 acres at Camp Miller,… Read More

Wind Energy In The Midwest Wind farm

As concerns mount over the high costs and long-term environmental impacts of fossil fuels, wind has become an increasingly important sector of the energy industry. In 2009, the U.S. wind industry supported 85,000 jobs in all 50 states. The U.S…. Read More

Minnesota Forest Legacy Partnership Great grey owl

Minnesota’s Forest Legacy Partnership is working with landowners, loggers, outdoor enthusiasts and communities to preserve our forests for timber, jobs, recreation and wildlife habitat. The Partnership has established a multi-million dollar capital fund that will help ensure sustainable forestry, protect… Read More

Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, Minnesota Headwaters of the Mississippi River

Just a few hours north of the Twin Cities, the pristine forests and clean waters that empty into Minnesota’s Leech Lake are not only beautiful, but also economically beneficial, attracting many of the tourists who contribute millions to the area’s… Read More


Steve Hobbs Edina, MN
(952) 456-8975

Steve Hobbs is the Fund’s Minnesota Project Director. Steve has expertise in developing large-scale conservation initiatives and has successfully negotiated hundreds of conservation real estate transactions. He’s been involved in conservation work for more than 27 years, first working for The Nature Conservancy in Nevada and Virginia then for local government and nonprofit organizations in Minnesota. Steve has a M.A. in Ecological Physiology from University of California, Riverside. 

Tom Duffus
Tom Duffus Duluth, MN
(218) 722-2393

As vice president of the Midwest region, Tom Duffus leads land conservation partnerships in the Upper Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River/Missouri River watershed.  During the summer, he’s often found sailing on Lake Superior. He has a Master of Forest Science degree from Yale University and a B.S. in Environmental Studies/Geology from St. Lawrence University.