Be sure to read the 2017 Summer Newsletter!
LITTLE WHITEFISH LAKE CONSERVATION EASEMENT BENEFITS ALL
PROTECTING LAKE ROOSEVELT THROUGH A NEW AQUATIC MANAGEMENT AREA
The newest Aquatic Management Area (AMA) in Crow Wing County will be dedicated in spring 2017. The Roosevelt Lake State Aquatic Management Area - Judy and Charlie Eggers Tract is 105 acres and over 5,000 feet of pristine, forested shoreland in Woods Bay.
LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD LANDOWNERS
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. We launched our Clean Water Critical Habitat Program in 2014 with funding provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The Foundation is also working on a Reinvest in Minnesota Easement Program with the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources and the Cass and Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation Districts in 2017 with funding from the Legislative Citizen's Commission on Natural Resources (LCCMR). Both of these programs assist conservation-minded landowners to place conservation easements on lakeshore and forested parcels in the watersheds of selected high priority lakes that are considered come 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.
These are competitive programs and applications need to be reviewed, scored, and carefully considered by technical review teams. The application deadline for the Clean Water Critical Habitat Program is May 12, 2017. The application deadline for the Reinvest in Minnesota Program is May 31, 2017. For more details and an application, visit the bottom of the Our Work page.
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.
The Foundation is pleased to host the Northern Water Alliance of MN as a new initiative. The Alliance is a recently forming network of organizations and individuals engaged in protecting our northern water resources. The Alliance seeks to educate, mobilize, empower, advocate, and take action around issues and threats to our water. Some issues: Invasive Species, Pipeline Routing, Drinking Water and contaminates. Watch for more information as this site expands. All are welcome as members! To learn more click on the NWA tab now. MORE...
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Forum - What is Clean Water Worth Hosted by Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government, Northern Water Alliance of Minnesota, and Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation Click for more information: