Minnesota Forest Legacy Partnership
Great grey owl. Photo by Angie Shyrigh/Flickr
The Minnesota Forest Legacy Partnership includes:
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 wildlife habitat and guarantee public access in the large, industrial forests of Itasca area of north-central Minnesota. The Partnership has set a three-year, $26 million goal to conserve working forests.
In July 2010 the Fund completed the largest conservation deal in Minnesota history with the protection of nearly 188,000 acres of Northwoods forests, wetlands and shoreline. Coupled with other forest conservation projects, the Upper Mississippi Forest project created more conserved recreation land than Minnesota’s current state park system. The project was supported by the Forest Legacy Partnership. Learn more >>
The Northwoods is one of the largest unfragmented forest landscapes in the United States. In 2007, the partnership acquired a conservation easement on 51,000 acres of working forests, habitat and recreation lands in the Minnesota Northwoods. Located in Itasca and Koochiching counties, the nearly 80 square miles of forest provide key habitat for the Canada lynx, gray wolf, American black duck, American woodcock and dozens of other valued species. Learn more >>