My wife has turned me into a bird watcher. I used to not have the patience for it but now I find listening and watching for birds to be a fascinating activity that I can share with our young kids. Minnesota is home to so many types of migratory waterfowl, its important for us to protect the habitat that these birds depend on.
Recently, the Minnesota Land Trust presented an award to Tim and Kathie Cullen of Alexandria, MN for their work protecting land in the area. The two were named “Landowners of the Year”. The Cullens have protected 600+ acres of lands since 2003. They have also protected 20,000 feet of shoreline on the Otter Tail River and other water bodies. The projects have all involved donated conservation easements to the Minnesota Land Trust, which keeps costs of owning to the land very low. The only cost to protect the land into the future is the cost of routine maintenance.
Not only have the Cullens impacted the land, they have inspired other landowners to follow their lead by protecting precious habitat and shoreline. I appreciate the Cullens and thousands of people like them who are helping protect the Minnesota that my family and I love.