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A present to the future: Love the land? Then help preserve it for the next generation

As Will Rogers famously said, the trouble with land is they're not making any more of it.

In the north woods, land prices are rising as the population swells and people look for places to build vacation and retirement homes. Wall Street investment bankers are demanding timber companies convert their vast land holdings into profit. And as cheap wood pulp from abroad depresses their revenues, it's hard for the companies to say no.

"It's the perfect storm," says Ron Nargang, director of the Nature Conservancy's Minnesota chapter.


Trail Builder Peter Seed

Unmasking the man behind the Gateway State Trail

Behind every successful park or trail effort you will find a Trail Builder, an individual that shepherded the dream into reality, giving time, money or both in pursuit of the goal. The following is a Q & A feature on one such Trail Builder -- Peter Seed. Thanks in large part to his vision and his persistence, Minnesotan's today can use and enjoy the Gateway Trail and trails all across the state!


Trail Builder Eleanor Winston

Totally dedicated

Behind every successful park or trail effort you will find a Trail Builder, an individual that shepherded the dream into reality, giving time, money or both in pursuit of the goal. The following is a Q & A feature on one such Trail Builder -- Eleanor Winston. Thanks in large part to her vision and persistence, parks and trails throughout Minnesota have benefited!


Friends of Maplewood

Taking Pride in our park

Friends groups play an important role in planning, developing, maintaining and advocating for Minnesota's parks and trails. Meet the Friends of Maplewood State Park, a group that helps plan and raise money for projects at the park.


Friends of the Big Bog State Recreation Area

Grassroots group makes Big Bog State Recreation Area a Eco-tourist destination

Friends groups play an important role in planning, developing, maintaining and advocating for Minnesota's parks and trails. Meet the Friends of the Big Bog State Recreation Area, a local group that works to protect and enhance the Big Bog's significant natural, cultural, and scenic resources for current and future generations.