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Updating the Minnesota Land Trust’s Conservation Design Portfolio

Conservation design is an innovative approach to development that enables communities to balance development objectives with conservation goals. Minnesota Land Trust (MLT) has consulted on numerous conservation design–oriented development projects, and holds easements in 32 such developments around the state. In 1999, MLT worked with CURA and the Design Center for the American Urban Landscape to produce the Conservation Design Portfolio: Preserving Minnesota Landscapes Through Creative Development, which highlights seven residential developments that were specifically designed to minimize impacts on the lands and waters that surround them. In summer 2011, CURA's Community Growth Planning Assistance Center provided a graduate research assistant in landscape architecture to help the Land Trust update the existing case studies, and create several new case studies, for a planned second edition of the Conservation Design Portfolio, which MLT will use in its outreach to landowners, local planners, and developers.

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