Conservation Easements

Eligibility of Easement Programs

Eligibility is different for each of our current easement programs.  Please call our office and we can verify if you are eligible based on the location of your property. All of our current easement programs require shoreline inclusion and a minimum acreage of 10.  Great acreage and shoreline inclusion increases your likelihood of acceptance via our ranking procedure.

Payment & Personal Incentives

  • Payment is approximately 60% of the land value
  •  Current county EMV (Estimated Market Value)
  • No obligation if you fill out an application
  • One-time taxable payment
  • Landowner retains full ownership
  • The land remains on local tax rolls
  • Legacy protection of land and water

Preferred Easement Criteria

  • 300+ft of depth from shore
  • 300+ft of shoreline
  • 20+ acres
  • Adjoining public land


  • * 6-12 months to complete
    (title or lender details may extend)

Applications are ranked according to habitat values, shoreline length, public land adjacency & other professional criteria. All interested landowners should apply by calling 218-828-6197 or e-mail

Possible Cost to Landowner

  • * Update abstract or clearing of title


1. Wild Rice Conservation Easements


Wild Rice Lakes Map


3.  The Mississippi Headwaters Easements

Seeking landowners with 40+ acres on or near The Mississippi River, please call Sheila Boldt at 218-828-6197 or email
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4.  LCCMR Easement/Forestry Plan/BMP Grant

We will focus on the following Minor Watersheds (Hydrologic Unit Code 14 subwatersheds): Round-Big Pine, Dam-Long, Round, Waukenabo-Round, Spirit-Farm Island, Minnewawa, Cedar, Rat-Flowage, Hill Lake, Camp-Smith, Borden, Ruth, Serpent, North Long-Round, Mitchell, Cullen Chain, and Bay 

This project will complete approximately 10 permanent conservation easements, 12 forest management plans, and 6 best management practices (BMP) around the Aitkin and Crow Wing Counties highest quality lakes.  Please call Sheila Boldt at 218-828-6197 or email
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