Protecting Sensitive Shorelands in North Central Minnesota, Phase 1

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, MN Land Trust and DNR
Recipient Type: 
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2011
End Date: 
June 2014
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition
Counties Affected: 
Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(e)
Appropriation Language 

$1,098,000 the first year is to the commissioner of natural resources for agreements with the Leech Lake Watershed Foundation and the Minnesota Land Trust as follows: $339,000 to the Leech Lake Watershed Foundation; $741,000 to the Minnesota Land Trust; and $18,000 to the Department of Natural Resources to pay for acquisition-related expenses and monitoring costs of donated permanent conservation easements on sensitive shorelands in north central Minnesota. A list of proposed land acquisitions must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The accomplishment plan must include an easement monitoring and enforcement plan. Up to $342,000 is for establishing a monitoring and enforcement fund as approved in the accomplishment plan and subject to subdivision 15. An annual financial report is required for any monitoring and enforcement fund established, including expenditures from the fund.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Protect in easement 600 acres of Habitat

Description of Funds: 

Project Overview

This program will protect eighteen (18) to 22 sensitive shoreland parcels in North Central Minnesota (Aitkin, Cass, and Crow Wing counties) with perpetual conservation easements for long-term protection of fish and wildlife habitat, recreational sustainability, and water quality.

Project Details

Accomplishment Plan:

Project Manager

Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation
PO Box 455