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Grassland with wildflowers at Kinnickinnic River Land Trust

Protect Your Land

Conserving and Protecting the Kinnickinnic River


What is a Land Trust?

A land trust works with the community to conserve land, water, and important natural ecosystems. These conservation efforts can provide public access, offset the impacts of climate change, support the future of farming communities, and inspire outdoor education opportunities. The Kinnickinnic River Land Trust is accredited by the Land Trust Alliance.

What is a Conservation Easement, and why is it important?

A legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust that permanently protects the conservation values of land. As development increases in Pierce and St. Croix Counties, there is an urgent need to protect important ecosystems within the Kinnickinnic River Watershed. By putting your property in a Conservation Easement, you are helping to ensure the longevity of the river and health of the water.

Where are the KRLT project areas?

The KRLT works within the Kinnickinnic River Watershed with an emphasis on key and important ecological areas such as wetlands, prairies, tributaries, and riverfront. We also work with the agricultural community and have helped family farms ensure the protection of their property for future generations.

38 Conservation Easements + Counting

Over 2,000 Acres Protected by Conservation Easements

What are my options as a landowner?

A few options are to put your land into a Conservation Easement, donate it for environmental and community benefits, consider a bargain sale, or make a bequest. Let’s have a conversation and figure out what option will work best for you. 

What does the process look like, and what does it cost?

The first step is an initial conversation with Kinnickinnic River Land Trust staff or board members to understand the property’s location and purpose behind the easement. It is important to KRLT that the owner understands the commitment, legal, and financial aspects of a Conservation Easement. The next steps can vary depending on the type of Conservation Easement, and we are committed to working with you through the entire process.  At times, a Conservation Easement might not be the best option, but there are other ways that you can make a difference in the well-being of the Kinnickinnic River. 

If you are within the Kinnickinnic River watershed and are interested in more information, please contact Land Stewardship Manager, Marty Engel at or 715-425-5738


“I'm grateful for the work of Kinnickinnic River Land Trust in preserving the beauty and health of the river and its watershed. Their efforts are making a difference for all of us who enjoy this valuable natural resource.”

Raymond H.

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