The Minnesota Forest Legacy Partnership works with landowners, loggers, outdoor enthusiasts, and communities to preserve forests for timber, jobs, recreation, and wildlife habitat. The partnership has established a multi-million dollar capital fund to help ensure sustainable forestry, protect wildlife habitat, and guarantee public access in the large industrial forests of north-central Minnesota. The partnership has set a three-year, $26 million goal to conserve working forests. The Minnesota Forest Legacy Partnership includes Blandin Foundation, The Conservation Fund, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Minnesota DNR, Minnesota Forest Resources Council, The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land.
Blandin Foundation, Minnesota's largest rural-based private foundation, is located in Grand Rapids. Its mission is to strengthen rural Minnesota's communities, especially in the Grand Rapids area, through grants, leadership, development programs, and public policy. The foundation helps communities provide choice and opportunity for all, especially people facing social and economic challenges. www.blandinfoundation.org
The Conservation Fund is the nation's foremost environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting America's land and water legacy for current and future generations. Seeking innovative conservation solutions for the 21st century, the fund works to integrate economic and environmental goals. Since its founding in 1985, the fund has helped its partners safeguard wildlife habitat, working landscapes, community greenspace, and historic sites totaling nearly 6 million acres. With 1 percent fund-raising costs and 97 percent program allocation, the Conservation Fund is recognized as the nation's top-rated environmental nonprofit by both the American Institute of Philanthropy and Charity Navigator. www.conservationfund.org
The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce advocates for a business environment in which its members can prosper. The chamber has long been engaged in environmental issues with multiple-use forest policies as a priority. Forest Legacy Partnership projects have allowed the chamber to become a strategic partner with other stakeholders in preserving large tracts of working forest lands for the future. Working forest land conservation easements not only provide a means to ensure that these large areas of forest are available to provide wood and wood fiber for small businesses and industries, they also provide a means for the public to enjoy many facets of recreational uses, depending on the language in the easement. The chamber is proud to be a part of this unique opportunity. www.grandmn.com
The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization working today for tomorrow's hunters and wildlife in Minnesota. Composed of 64 chapters, 20,000 members, and thousands of volunteers throughout Minnesota, it focuses on habitat, legislation, and education to ensure future hunting opportunity in Minnesota. www.mndeerhunters.com.
The Minnesota DNR manages the state's natural resources, including forests, parks, trails, lakes, rivers, streams, fish, wildlife, state lands, and minerals; outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, skiing, and OHV riding; commercial uses of natural resources; and hunter, rider, and boat and water safety, enforcement, and education. Our mission is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state's natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life. www.mndnr.gov
The Minnesota Forest Resources Council is a 17-member organization working to promote long-term sustainable management of Minnesota forests by advising the governor and public agencies on sustainable forest resource policies and practices, and coordinating implementation of the Sustainable Forest Resources Act. Following SFRA mandates, the MFRC completed site-level timber harvesting and forest management guidelines in 1999, revised them in 2004, and now monitors their implementation and effectiveness. From 1997 to 2004, the MFRC developed six long-term landscape plans for the state's major forested regions. It maintains regional coordination committees. www.frc.state.mn.us.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working to protect the most ecologically important lands and waters around the world for nature and people. To date, the conservancy and its more than 1 million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 15 million acres in the United States and have helped preserve more than 102 million acres in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and the Pacific. nature.org
The Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places. In Minnesota, TPL has protected more than 30,000 acres valued at more than $64 million, including the Chainsaw Sisters Mudro Lake portage access adjacent to the BWCAW, an addition to the future Neenah Creek Regional Park in St. Cloud, the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary east of downtown St. Paul, and the most prominent portion of historic Pilot Knob in Mendota Heights, Minn. www.tpl.org