It's Official!

The Northern Waters Land Trust formerly known as the Leech Lake Watershed Foundation
The Secretary of State has now granted us permission for formally change our name! The new name matters. We work in a service area that includes FOUR watersheds ... not just one. And our work to preserve land to protect water in our 4-county region is more important then ever.

Why change our name?

  • We live in the last 40% of the state that can still claim to have clean waters. The DNR has found that the waters in the south and south-central portions of the state are under “major stress and can’t be restored or restoration is mostly unrealistic”. Many have signs: "NO SWIMMING" "NO FISHING". Protecting our land to ensure clean water makes sense from an investment standpoint. Restoration efforts are costly and rarely successful.

  • We have a water-based economy up here. Tourism in our 4-county region exceeds every Minnesota county except Hennepin and Ramsey counties. Hunting. Fishing. Biking. Cabins and resorts. 254,000 full and part-time jobs depend on clean water.

What can you do to support our lakes, rivers, wetlands and streams?

  • Do what you already do ... recycle, don't use fertilizers on lawns near waters, stay on top of the news' cycles for information about the threats to our waters and let your elected officials know how important clean water is to you and to future generations.

More Updates!

  • Look for more news in December when we will announce our new Executive Director!

  • Our end-of-year Annual Appeal will land in your mail box in November!

  • Website changes will continue as our transitions continue!

REMEMBER ...

Your Support Helps Protect Northern Water and Land

Preserving land to protect water is our job .... and yours, too!

Donations can be made through GiveMN or by mailing your donation to us at: Northern Waters Land Trust, P.O. Box 124, Walker, MN 56484.

The Northern Waters Land Trust | P.O. Box 124

Walker, MN 56484-0124 | 218.547.4510 | www.northernwateerslandtrust.org

Guest Speaker at the HUB in Hackensack May 25

GUEST SPEAKER: Jeff Forester, Executive Director of MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates (MLR) Association of Cass County Lakes (ACCL) Membership Meeting of 2018 on May 25 on 9:30 a.m. at The Hub (formerly the Senior Center) in Hackensack.
Learn about issues that affect your lake property and how MLR is using your membership dollars to carry our fight to the legislature. And, also a discussion on a civic organizing project Jeff is leading to help local lake associations build greater civic infrastructure around water in their communities.
@JeffForester1…. "If you care about Minnesota's lakes and rivers, join Minnesota Lakes and Rivers. They are concerned with keeping them clean and pristine." 
SAVE THE DATE…..Mark your calendar for these upcoming Monthly Membership meetings: June 29, July 27, August 31, and September 28
GUEST SPEAKER: Jeff Forester,
Executive Director of MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates (MLR)
RMB Environmental Labs will be available AFTER the meeting to distribute lake monitoring supplies.

Aquatic Invasive Species Summit III

The Birch Lake Association is inviting you to attend the AIS Summit to gain information and share it with us. We will reimburse you for the cost of the summit.

Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates is sponsoring the third annual Aquatic Invasive Species Summit at the EarleBrown Center on Feb 28-March 1.
AIS Summit Information click here.
If you are interested in attending in person or virtually, please contact the BLA Board at mybirchlake@gmail.com

 

 

 

Aquatic Invader Summit

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) threaten the quality of these legacy resources.

The Aquatic Invaders Summit is a timely and important event for individuals on the front line in the fight against AIS. County government officials, tribal resource managers and leaders, lake associations, lake improvement districts, lake service providers, angling and conservation groups, hospitality industry, chambers of commerce, boat manufacturers and others will have the opportunity to share, learn and plan together for effective local AIS prevention in Minnesota.

More information on the Summit can be found on the Minnesota Lakes and Rivers website

Meet Paul Blomgren

My name is Paul Blomgren. I grew up in West St. Paul, MN, but I have been on Birch Lake since I was lucky enough to marry into the Harrington family in 2000. Our house in Hackensack is on Murray Ave. My wife Lynne, a past BLA President, and I spend time up here throughout the year with our son (James – 14 years) and daughter (Mimi – 10 years).  I love to fish bass and can frequently be seen in Miller-Turtle-Mud-Back-Entire (ask me about that sometime…) Bay in smaller Birch Lake.  I can be identified by the (stylish?) gaiter covering my face, and I would love for you to say ‘hi’ if you see me! 
I have previously served in this role, but I am more excited than ever to take over after the tremendous momentum Mark Glende created. We are going to miss his amazing creative energy. One of his many legacies is that the membership has grown to 193 at last count!! That is absolutely amazing.  Thank you, Mark!      
My favorite aspect of the Association is the sense of community it creates. The more members we have, the stronger a community we foster. So, the mission I ask you to join me in is: 
Spread the word. Ask one neighbor if they are a Birch Lake Association member.  If they aren’t, direct them to http://www.mybirchlake.org/
I look forward to working with you over the next two years and I hope to see you on OUR Birch Lake or Poquet Lake! 
 

Paul Blomgren – President, Birch Lake Association

BLA 35th Annual Meeting a great success

Thank you, Birch Lake Association members for making our 35th Annual Meeting a tremendous success. We had a record turnout! The food was fantastic, the generously donated prizes were greatly appreciated. While Mark Glende passed on the baton to Paul Blomgren, we would be amiss if we didn't once again give our grateful accolades Mark. 

With a sunny outlook here are a few words from our new president:

I wanted to quickly introduce myself and express how excited I am to be serving you as President of the Birch Lake Association!                                                                                           
My name is Paul Blomgren. I grew up in West St. Paul, MN, but I have been on Birch Lake since I was lucky enough to marry into the Harrington family in 2000. Our house in Hackensack is on Murray Ave. My wife Lynne, a past BLA President, and I spend time up here throughout the year with our son (James – 14 years) and daughter (Mimi – 10 years).  I love to fish bass and can frequently be seen in Miller-Turtle-Mud-Back-Entire (ask me about that sometime…) Bay in smaller Birch Lake.  I can be identified by the (stylish?) gaiter covering my face, and I would love for you to say ‘hi’ if you see me! 
I have previously served in this role, but I am more excited than ever to take over after the tremendous momentum Mark Glende created. We are going to miss his amazing creative energy. One of his many legacies is that the membership has grown to 193 at last count!! That is absolutely amazing. Thank you, Mark!! 
My favorite aspect of the Association is the sense of community it creates. The more members we have, the stronger a community we foster. So, the mission I ask you to join me in is: 
Spread the word. Ask one neighbor if they are a Birch Lake Association member.  If they aren’t, direct them to http://www.mybirchlake.org/
I look forward to working with you over the next two years and I hope to see you on OUR Birch Lake or Poquet Lake! 
Paul Blomgren – President, Birch Lake Association