Land Conservation Program: Protection

Assisting landowners in permanently protecting land that is critical to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River ecosystem is an essential component of FMR’s land conservation efforts. FMR’s Conservation Director, Tom Lewanski, visits with interested landowners and provides information on protection options and programs that might fit the vision that the landowner has for the property. Often Tom will guide the landowner on the land protection journey that may include developing applications and proposal, soliciting the involvement of other partners, explaining the sometimes confusing processes that protection programs follow and being available to answer questions that the landowner may have.

FMR’s landowner outreach and assistance efforts have lead to the permanent protection of over 1,200 acres of land and the establishment of three new Scientific and Natural Areas. These include the Pine Bend Bluffs SNA, Hastings Sand Coulee SNA, and the Chimney Rock SNA. FMR also played a key role in the protection of nearly 300 acres of floodplain in east Hastings, which became a part of the Gores Pool Wildlife Management Area and Aquatic Management Area.

For more information on some of the protection projects we have been involved with, please visit these project pages: