Nature Conservancy is shopping for 2,110 acres within the coronary heart of the Superior Nationwide Forest

Posted by Jeff on Oct 8, 2020 @ 04:55 am in Conservation | 0 comments | Last change: October 8, 2020

More than 2,000 acres of private land within the Superior National Forest will remain undeveloped under a real estate deal announced by the Conservation Agency.

The 2,110 acre private land is surrounded by national woodland and includes six wild lakes, 3 miles of trout streams, 972 acres of wetlands, and areas of mature white spruce and white cedar.

It's also located nearby, but not within the wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, meaning it could be sold to recreational cabin or other development developers.

The land, about 15 miles west of Tofte in Cook County, Minnesota, is part of the Temperance River watershed, which flows into Lake Superior.

Mike Freed, a retired forest professor who lives in Minnesota, bought the land in 1994 when a land development company put it up for sale as the site for several new cottages. Freed agreed to sell it to the Conservation Agency at a discount below market value to keep it wild.

"This area is very important to the psyche and emotional needs of many Minnesota people," Freed said in a statement announcing the sale. "I have had the privilege of taking care of this land and I want to give it to someone who can continue to take care of it."

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