Celebrating 20 Years of Water Protection
If you’ve ever poured yourself a refreshing glass of tap water in Saint Paul, chances are you’re drinking water that has passed through a Minnesota Land Trust protected property. While the Land Trust protects thousands of acres in the headwaters of the Mississippi River and adjoining waterways, a conservation easement at North Oaks placed 20 years ago protected a vital and local connection to Saint Paul water.
North Oaks has a rich history — originally a mosaic of diverse habitats including big woods, hardwood forests and wet prairie — the land was first farmed in the late 1800s. North Oaks Farm was established by James J. Hill — of railroad fame — who engaged in experimental agricultural practices around soil conservation, animal husbandry, and the development of new feeds and fertilizers.