Northern Waters Land Trust surveys local association members

Members of lake associations in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard counties are being asked for input.

Contributed / Metro Newspaper Service

WALKER — Northern Waters Land Trust is exploring an expansion of its conservation programs and is surveying members of lake associations in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard counties for input on the growing needs of the region.

Since 1995, the trust has partnered with landowners, lake associations, local, state, federal and tribal agencies and other conservation organizations on 64 projects protecting more than 3,463 acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat and 159,136 feet of sensitive shoreline. The trust’s vision is a region with clean lakes, rivers, wetlands and forests that support a diversity of fish and wildlife, leaving this legacy for future generations.

In a message sent to lake associations across the four-county region, Board Chair David Miller wrote, “... as we look to the future and consider ways to better support our valued and critical partners in this work, we are seeking your input to understand your individual and collective needs. We know that we cannot accomplish our vision alone and have been exploring ways to expand our organization’s impact across our service region and meet the needs of our communities,” according to a news release.

All individuals currently connected to a lake association within the specified counties are invited to complete the survey found at . The organization is requesting all surveys be completed by March 1.

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