Valley Creek Protection Partnership
Minnesota Land Trust
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.