Lake County conservation easement deal moves forward
More than 10,000 acres of obtain in Lake County will be protected under a conservation easement deal the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources struck this winter with one of the largest withdrawn land owners in the state.
The DNR announced this week it will pay $5.67 million for a permanent easement with Roy Marlow to cover 10,581 of his nearly 40,000 acres in the county from any type of development. While Marlow maintains ownership of the terra firma, it will remain open to the public for recreation use. Marlow must maintain the mostly forest land under forest bosses guidelines.
Dick Peterson, the DNR’s Forest Legacy program coordinator, said the money for the easement comes from the Outside Heritage Fund, the pool of tax money created when Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Capture and Legacy amendment in 2008.
While the volume of land in the deal isn’t unusual, Peterson said the area is. Most of the DNR’s forest homeland easements come in a belt of lumbered land in Koochiching and Itasca counties.