Banked by glistening aspen and cool green conifers, the pristine waters of the St. Croix River are pride of the Midwest. Its shores and the aquatic world below its flowing surface are little changed from the days when it was a primary trade route for Native Americans and later fur traders.
Today, The Nature Conservancy, Andersen Corporation and other public and community partners are working to protect the spectacular beauty and health of the St. Croix River. The Conservancy's focus on preserving land in strategic locations throughout the river's basin will safeguard water quality and habitat, improve recreational opportunities and sustain important economic activity. The Andersen Corporation has provided funding to the Conservancy for many years and is a key corporate supporter of the Conservancy's work on the St. Croix. With a long history of environmental stewardship, Andersen chose to direct their gift this year to the Conservancy's new fresh water efforts, aimed at protecting the lands and waters of this natural gem.
The St. Croix, a National Wild and Scenic River, is one of three priority areas where The Nature Conservancy is working to keep healthy waters healthy. The St. Croix River and its major tributaries, including the Kettle and Snake rivers, flow through some of the most scenic and least-developed country in the Upper Midwest, making them a magnet for kayakers, canoeists, bird watchers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The St. Croix River basin is home to at least 95 species of native fish including sturgeon and paddlefish, 40 species of freshwater mussels, which filter and help purify our water, and a remarkable diversity of other plants and animals.
“Andersen has manufactured windows and doors on the banks of the St. Croix River for 110 years. The river was instrumental in the founding of our business so many years ago and it continues to be a key part of the ecosystem of the community we call home. Stewardship of the river is an innate part of our culture, passing down through generations of Andersen employees. The Nature Conservancy’s work on the river will ensure the St. Croix remains a vital asset for generations to come,” said Jim Weglewski, Vice President of Sustainability and Quality at Andersen.
Development, loss of surrounding forests, dams, and erosion are today's primary threats to the St. Croix. With support from companies like the Andersen Corporation, The Nature Conservancy is working with partners to keep the river healthy so that it can continue to meet the needs of people and nature for many generations. The goal: a resilient water system for future generations. We are grateful for the many years of generous support from the Andersen Corporation.