In Minnesota, we work with partners to develop conservation-based forest management plans, promote conservation-oriented agricultural programs and implement conservation strategies. Some of the key partnerships for the Nature Conservancy in Minnesota include:
Upper Mississippi Forest Project
The Upper Mississippi Forest project is the largest conservation effort ever undertaken by the state of Minnesota. The project will conserve wildlife habitat, timber-related jobs and public access for outdoor recreation.
Minnesota’s Forest Legacy Partnership works with landowners, loggers, sportsmen, recreationists and communities to preserve the forests for timber, jobs, public access and wildlife habitat.
The Partnership was formed and funded by the 2001 Minnesota Legislature, as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, to work to restore fragmented landscapes and connect high-quality habitat.
Since 2000, the Manitou Collaborative — a group of public and private landowners — has been striving to conserve and manage the unique ecological, recreational, and economic values in this landscape. Partners include the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, Lake County, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, the Minnesota Forest Resources Council and the U.S. Forest Service.
The Conservancy is working with the Minnesota DNR, private landowners and the Army Guard Bureau at Camp Ripley in central Minnesota to limit encroachment by surrounding development through the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program.