The Star Prairie Land Preservation Trust was formed in 2002 by individuals who were concerned with the rapid pace of development that was resulting in the loss of valuable natural areas. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Trust’s mission is to preserve environmentally sensitive land and promote rural character, while protecting water quality and wildlife habitat for future generations. To meet its mission, the Trust accepts land donations and conservation easements, placing a priority on lands adjacent to water resources, with significant wildlife habitat or scenic value, or adjacent to public lands. The Trust currently protects more than 300 acres of land in northern St. Croix and southern Polk counties.
In 2013, the Star Prairie Land Preservation Trust lost one of its founders, a long-time supporter, and a good friend–Stuart Nelson. Stuart loved the outdoors and was dedicated to protecting natural resources and enhancing the local environment . In 2002, he became the Land Trust’s first President, helping form the organization and establish the McMurtrie Preserve – a 63-acre outdoor classroom…(more).