Washington County St. Croix River Land Protection
Washington County seeks to preserve the ecological integrity of the St. Croix River by completing 3 permanent conservation easements or fee title acquisitions to permanently protect up to 253 acres of critical riparian habitat and over one mile of shoreland. The three projects are located in Denmark Township within the state-managed portion of the St. Croix Scenic Riverway and are the remaining large lots along the lower St. Croix River. These properties provide the critical connections needed to complete a permanently protected three-mile continuous corridor of forested bluff lands and ravines. This funding will address two of the Outdoor Heritage Council’s priority actions for the Metropolitan Urbanizing Section: to protect a habitat corridor along the St. Croix River and to protect, enhance and restore big woods forests and oak savanna with an emphasis on areas with high biological diversity.