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KRLT achieves protection for Quarry Road acreage

This aerial map shows the location of the land now protected against development since the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust raised money to purchase it through community donations and grants.

The Kinnickinnic River Land Trust reached its challenging goal of raising $1.2 million to acquire the 112.8-acre site along Quarry Road, once slated for a housing development. It closes on the property Thursday, July 15, and immediately signs the land over as a gift to the DNR.

KRLT celebrates with a casual gathering 4:30-6 p.m., July 15, at its new office on the Kinni, including Rush River beer and Dish and the Spoon Café appetizers. Guests are invited to meet the land trust board and staff and to please RSVP before Tuesday, July 13, to

KRLT Director Nelson French said the land between the Quarry Road site and the swinging gate by the river is also DNR land, so the acquisition creates a big swatch of contiguous open-space public land.

"We had tremendous support from our community and from the (KRLT) board," said French.

  • Donations to the campaign ranged from $5 to $25,000.
  • Money came from as far as Hanover, N.H. and Wayzata, Minn.
  • About 125 donors stepped gave the $250,000 not covered by grants.
  • Donors included individuals, businesses and foundations.
  • The campaign exceeded its goal a few weeks after the June 1 deadline.
  • 43.8 acres of the site are in the DNR's Kinnickinnic River Fishery Area.
  • The remaining 69 acres are in the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area.