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Leech Lake Area Wathershed Seeks Comments

Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation from the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. “Accreditation is an important next step in the Foundation’s efforts to protect the land and water of north central Minnesota,” said Tim Bremicker, Foundation Chairman. “Being accredited will allow us to hold conservation easements and acquire conservation properties locally, offering better professional service, raising money for local projects, and becoming a full conservation partner with other organizations and agencies.”

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards visit here.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment:
visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org,
or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org.

Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Philadelphia Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Please mention the Leech Lake Area Watershed in your comments. The public is urged to comment on this important application. Comments on the Foundation’s application will be due to the Commission by October 28, 2018.

 

Little Whitefish Lake Conservation Easement Benefits All
Educating and helping landowners understand their options to protect natural features on their land is at the heart of the Foundation’s work. Bob and Ginny Haddorff placed a conservation easement on their property on Little Whitefish Lake in Crow Wing County in late 2016 working in partnership with the Foundation and the Minnesota Land Trust.  Read more....



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.  

Following the death of their parents, Judy and Charlie Eggers, the three Eggers siblings wanted to implement their parents’ wishes to preserve
this special place as protected public land to be managed for fish and wildlife and public recreational opportunities.  Through the vision and generosity of Jo Ann Todd, Linda Van Straaten, and Allan Eggers, the natural features of this “sensitive shoreline” will be permanently protected and contribute to the long-term health of Lake Roosevelt.  Read more....


 

LLAWF Recommended for $2.1 Million for Fisheries Habitat Protection in North Central Minnesota

The Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation (LLAWF) has been recommended for funding of $2.13 million by the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) with final approval pending with the 2014 legislature. The Council was created with the passage of the 2008 constitutional Legacy Amendment and is charged with recommending annual appropriations from the Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF), which receives one-third of the proceeds from the dedicated sales tax established by the amendment.

Upon approval of funding, LLAWF will acquire 105 acres and over one mile of shoreline in Woods Bay of Roosevelt Lake in Crow Wing County. The property will have final ownership with the MN DNR as a new aquatic management area, fully open to the public for hunting, fishing, and other recreational pursuits. Roosevelt Lake is one of 38 lakes in North Central Minnesota called “tullibee refuge lakes.” These lakes are deep, cold water lakes, with good water quality that support high populations of tullibee (cisco), the forage fish for walleye, muskie, pike, and lake trout.  The acquisition will protect a highly desired spawning area for newly stocked muskie and other fish habitat and help insure continued high quality waters for a sustained fishery.

Additionally with the funding the Minnesota Land Trust, in partnership with the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, will acquire conservation easements on over 400 acres and 3+ miles of critical shorelands on privately owned shorelands parcels or forest parcels within the watersheds of priority “tullibee refuge” lakes in North Central Minnesota.  In perpetuity, the conservation easements will help protect the near-shore physical fish habitat and the water quality habitat in light of shoreland development and looming climate change.  

 This project is Phase II of the initial $1.098 million OHF-funded project “Protecting Priority Shorelands in North Central Minnesota.” The initial funding is being used by LLAWF and its partner, the Minnesota Land Trust, to financially assist conservation-minded landowners in Cass, Crow Wing, and Aitkin counties who are willing to donate a conservation easement on their sensitive shoreland property.  When this project is completed in June 2014, nearly 600 acres and 3-4 miles of critical shorelands will be permanently protected with conservation easements for the benefit of critical fish and wildlife habitat.

The Tullibee In Peril

 An article published February 23, 2014 in the St. Paul Pioneer Press discusses the importance of protecting tullibee and cites the work of the Leech Lake Area Watershed as an importance player in helping the DNR meet their protection goals. Read More...
 

Leech Lake Watershed Recognized as one of "Ten Waters To Watch" 

The National Fish Habitat Partnership has designated the Leech Lake watershed as one of 10 nationally recognized  “Waters to Watch” for 2013.  These are watersheds across the country that will likely benefit from conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. Read More....