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The Clean Water and Critical Habitat Protection Program is focused on protecting high priority critical fish habitat and the surrounding watersheds in Minnesota’s North Central Lakes region by securing permanent conservation easements.  We will work with landowners to permanently protect approximately 400 acres through a ranking system that guides our selection process for purchasing conservation easements.  Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the Outdoor Heritage Fund. more...


The Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation has a very unique opportunity to offer landowners--the ability to protect our water quality, preserve critical habitat, and receive compensation for keeping this region unique and special.  Recently we have launched our Critical Habitat Clean Water Program with funding provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund. This program will acquire conservation easements on lakeshore and forested parcels in the watersheds of selected high priority lakes that are considered some of the best in the region. 

Researchers have established a direct correlation between increasing development and declining water quality. We only have to look at lakes in other parts of the country to see the impacts poor water quality can have. Attempts at lake restoration are extremely expensive and often ineffective. With this program, we have an opportunity to make wise investments today that will protect your lake and avoid the costly mistakes that other regions are facing.

We are eager to meet with interested landowners who want to learn more about conservation easements and how powerful land conservation can be in protecting water quality. Here is your opportunity to protect the place you love and receive compensation for doing it. 

Since this is a competitive program, the application deadline is Sept 4, 2015. For more details and an appliation, visit the bottom of the Our Work page.

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The Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation (LLAWF) is a regional 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to preserving and protecting the quality of the pristine lakes, rivers, and streams; healthy forests; and critical fish and wildlife habitats of the Leech Lake Watershed and surrounding counties in North Central Minnesota.

By helping landowners protect the “places they love” and promoting individual and community stewardship, a legacy of natural resources is conserved for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Your donations help to protect the natural resources that make our region of Minnesota a special place to live, work, and play.

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