Valley Creek Protection Partnership

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Minnesota Land Trust
Recipient Type: 
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2010
End Date: 
June 2015
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition, Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected: 
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2010, Ch. 361, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(e)
Appropriation Language 

$1,218,000 in fiscal year 2011 is to the commissioner of natural resources for agreements on projects to protect, restore, and enhance natural systems of Valley Creek in Washington County as follows: $838,000 with Minnesota Land Trust; $218,000 with Washington County; $100,000 with the Belwin Conservancy; $50,000 with Trout Unlimited; and $12,000 with the Valley Branch Watershed District. All restorations must comply with subdivision 9, paragraph(b).

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Restore 23 acres of oak savanna and 7 ares of habitat; Protect 80 acres mixed wetlands, forest and habitat including 1 mile of trout stream; Enhance .75 miles of trout stream

Source of Additional Funds: 

CPL Grants, Valley Branch Watershed District, Belwin Conservancy, Washington Cty

Project Overview

The Valley Creek Protection Partnership seeks to permanently protect, restore and enhance priority lands within the watershed of Valley Creek, a coldwater fishery that flows directly into the St. Croix River. We propose to accomplish this protection by acquiring land and conservation easements and restoring the riparian woodlands, prairies, oak savannas, and in-stream areas that provide significant habitat for fish and other wildlife. The Partnership seeks to build upon the collective experience of each of the organizations, working collaboratively and strategically, to permanently protect the most important parcels on this trout stream and restore the oak savannas that were once present.
Specifically, we will:
• Acquire two perpetual conservation easements to protect approximately 80 acres.
• Acquire the underlying fee on one parcel to secure public angling access to Valley Creek.
• Restore and enhance in-stream habitat, surrounding upland habitat, and key upstream habitat on 30 acres and ¾ mile of trout stream.

Project Details

Project Manager

Minnesota Land Trust
2356 University Ave. W. Suite 240
St. Paul
(651) 647-9590