Washington County St. Croix River Land Protection

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Washington County
Recipient Type: 
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2010
End Date: 
June 2013
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition
Counties Affected: 
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2010, Ch. 361, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(h)
Appropriation Language 

$1,033,000 in fiscal year 2011 is to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Washington County to acquire permanent easements to protect habitat associated with the St. Croix River Valley. A list of proposed acquisitions must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The accomplishment plan must include an easement stewardship plan.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Protect 1.5 acres of wetlands, 49.5 acres of prairies and 202 acres of forest including 1 mile of St. Croix River Frontage

Source of Additional Funds: 

DNR Metro Greenways, County Levy

Project Overview

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.

Project Details

Project Manager

Washington County
14949 62nd Street North
(651) 430-6011