Land Preservation Initiative
VNPA works with willing sellers to acquire the remaining private properties within the Park for the Park
The purpose: When the Park was established in 1975, there were many private properties that remained within the legislated boundaries of the Park, 52 of which are still privately-owned today. Private land poses several challenges for Park staff, such as potential for construction and development, hunting and logging, and other activities that do not support the purpose for which the Park was established. Our ultimate goal is to see all 50 private properties restored to native vegetation, protected for wildlife habitat, and opened to the public for outdoor exploration and enjoyment.
Our role: Voyageurs National Park Association works with interested landowners to explore possibilities to protect the important environmental values of the land, and to provide information about a range of options for transferring property to the Park that is win-win for everyone. We also manage the Wallace C. Dayton Voyageurs National Park Legacy Fund for land acquisition, which assists the Park financially in purchasing properties. The Legacy Fund is designed to be a renewable fund to purchase at-risk lands, which in turn will be held in our trust until federal appropriations are available to add the land to the Park and replenish the fund for future acquisitions.
Recently: Voyageurs National Park Association purchased a 61.55-acre property on the Kempton Channel of Rainy Lake on behalf of Voyageurs National Park. The Kempton Channel purchase is the largest yet under VNPA’s Land Preservation Initiative.
The recently purchased tract encompasses boreal forest and several hundred feet of sand beach shoreline. It is located on the north side of the Kabetogama Peninsula, a 75,000 acre roadless area, which provides habitat for wolves, black bear, moose, otter and eagles. Once the property can be transferred to the National Park Service, structures will be removed, scenic views restored for visitors and the land and shoreline will be returned to natural habitat for wildlife.