Places We Protect

Skull Lake


Tallgrass Aspen Parkland in Minnesota
Tallgrass Aspen Parkland Tallgrass Aspen Parkland is one of the most intact grasslands in North America. © John Gregor

The Outdoor Heritage Fund was created to restore, protect and enhance habitat for Minnesota’s fish, game and wildlife.



The Nature Conservancy protected approximately 631 acres in Kittson County. This property in the Tallgrass Aspen Parkland landscape has both upland and wetland native plants that provide good habitat for wildlife that can include large mammals such as moose, elk, bear and wolves. It is adjacent to the Conservancy’s Wallace C. Dayton Conservation and Wildlife Area and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Skull Lake Wildlife Management Area.

The Nature Conservancy acquired the land through the Conservation Partners Legacy Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The program funds projects that restore, enhance, or protect forests, wetlands, prairies and habitat for fish, game and wildlife in Minnesota.

Funding for the Conservation Partners Legacy Program was provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which was created under the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

The property is open to the public for hiking, photography and bird-watching. The Minnesota State Constitution requires all properties purchased with Outdoor Heritage Fund dollars to be open to the public taking of fish and game during the open season. As a result, hunting, trapping and fishing are allowed on this property in accordance with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management Areas rules published in the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.

Many of the properties purchased through the project are adjacent to private lands that are not open for public hunting. Please restrict hunting and fishing activities to only those lands clearly marked with signage showing they are “Open to Public Hunting.”

The Conservancy manages Conservation Partners Legacy Program properties using strategies including prescribed fire, conservation grazing, and the removal of encroaching trees and brush. These methods will benefit wildlife, preserve clean water and provide recreational opportunities.




631 acres

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  • East Tract - S 1/2 of the NE 1/4 and a portion of the SE 1/4 of Section 7, McKinley Township, Kittson County; 96°38'49"W  48°57'10"N (48.9527778°, -096.6469444°)
  • West Tract - SW 1/4, W 1/2 NW 1/4 of Sec 26, St. Joseph Township (T163N, R47W), Kittson County; 96° 42m 6s W  48° 54m 18s N (48.905062°, -096.701546°)
  • North Tract - SE 1/4 of Sec 26, St. Joseph Fractional Township (T164N, R47W), Kittson County; 96° 42m 5s W  48° 59m 32s N (48.992336°, -096.701526°)
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