Northern Waters Land Trust

Walker, MN   |  www.northernwaterslandtrust.org

Mission

Preserve land to protect water.

Ruling year info

1998

Board Chair

Bob Karls

Main address

PO BOX 124

Walker, MN 56484 USA

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EIN

41-1887906

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Clean Water Critical Habitat Program

In 2014, Northern Waters Land Trust (NWLT), in partnership with the Minnesota Land Trust, launched the Clean Water Critical Habitat (CWCH) program. CWCH focuses on protecting critical shoreland and forested parcels, either through a conservation easement or fee title acquisitions. Funding is provided from the Outdoor Heritage Fund as part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

Fisheries research shows that healthy watersheds with intact forests are fundamental to good fish habitat and that conservation easements on sensitive shoreland and private forests are an effective approach to protecting water quality. Reaching a 75% level of protection — meaning maintaining natural landscape or forested land along 75% of the shoreline, is our goal as science shows that the lake has a high probability of sustaining clean water and healthy lake ecosystem to support fish and other wildlife.

NWLT’s Clean Water Critical Habitat program targets parcels within select tullibee refuge lakes or watersheds within the lakes region, with the goal of reaching 75% protection.

Tullibee are the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” fish species due to their sensitivity to even slight changes in water temperature and oxygen levels. Tullibee are an important forage fish for walleye, northern pike, muskies, and lake trout. Degraded watershed health, poor shoreline development, and climate warming are consent threats to tullibee. Preserving natural, undisturbed land cover and well managed shorelines offer the best chance to protect tullibee and other related fish populations.

There are 68 cold water lakes that are considered “refuge lakes” for tullibee in Minnesota and 38 of these are found in the Aitkin, Cass, Crow-Wing and Hubbard counties — a region supported by the Northern Waters Land Trust. This lakes area attracts residents and visitors alike to enjoy their natural beauty, fishing, and numerous outdoor recreational opportunities — most of which center around our pristine waters.

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The Minnesota Loon Restoration Project objectives are to reduce mortality and increase the number of young loons produced in Minnesota. The primary emphasis of the project is to provide loon nesting habitat by protecting natural lakeshores through acquisition and/or easements. By providing permanent protection of targeted lakeshores, this facilitates direct protection of loons and ensures future availability of nesting habitat for Minnesota's state bird. This project focuses on 8 northern counties: Becker, Clearwater, Beltrami, Hubbard, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca, and Aitkin, which have the potential to sustain quality loon habitat. Conservation efforts will help to ensure the future of loon nesting and rearing of young on lakes. Northern Waters Land Trust is working with the MN Dept. of Natural Resources on this project.

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Proactive protection of a lake’s forested watershed can mitigate impacts of climate change on water and sensitive aquatic species. Keeping forested lands forested and reforesting lands that were converted to agriculture as the area was developed sequesters carbon. Given the current climate models and the scientific community’s understanding of mitigating actions, biological carbon sequestration--the storage of atmospheric carbon in vegetation, soils, woody products, and aquatic environments--is one way landowners in northern Minnesota can participate in growing a better future with fewer climate impacts and more economic security for the communities in our region. This pilot project explores explore the viability of coordinating a woody biomass carbon sequestration (CS) program within existing land conservation easement programs and determine the type and level of financial incentive likely to encourage the target group of landowner participation.

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This project aims to develop and implement a prioritization process that incorporates a GIS mapping tool that ranks and prioritizes 391 Lakes of Biological Significance (LBS), identifies properties within these watersheds that are in urgent need of protection, and lays the foundation for continued land conservation efforts. This project will produce an essential prioritization tool that benefits overall watershed health, mitigates increasing development pressures, addresses climate change and rising lake temperatures, and includes local partners and community members. Development of this GIS mapping tool that is informative, accessible, and user-friendly will increase conservation awareness in North Central Minnesota. Funding for this project is through the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership.

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Adults

The Outreach and Education program focuses on outreach and engagement through watershed activities at community events and educational workshops and presentations. Workshops are facilitated by local experts and focus on a variety of topics including Minnesota Loons and Freshwater Ecosystems, Cabin Succession Planning, Resilient Shorelines, and conservation support for lake associations.

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Accreditations

Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission 2019

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Northern Waters Land Trust

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2022
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Board chair

Bob Karls

Pete Fullerton

Terry Tripp

Tim Bremicker

Ray Gildow

Dan Rasmus

George Selcke

Bob Karls

Dan Lee

Todd Guerrero

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