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48 Youth and 23 Adult Leaders from MN and Northern Plains (ND) Participated in the 2023 Washington DC Youth Immersion

Over the course of a week, youth and adults learned about social and global issues through museum visits, learning sessions with our DC office, and meeting with legislators from their districts. Youth were encouraged to lead conversations with representatives and senators with concerns, personal stories, and concrete asks.

To learn more about this event, check out the blog created by our Communications Coordinator, Kathy Graves: Conference Youth Set Off for Justice Trip to Washington, D.C. – United Church of Christ Minnesota Conference (

The MN Conference of churches, through the Annual Meeting process, has

The MN Conference is known for its Justice and Witness work throughout the UCC. We have been an advocate for change in the form of education, marriage equality, Indigenous rights, immigration, and much more.

2003- Becoming an enviromentally responsible conference

2007- Encouraging congregations to reduce dependenc on fossil fuels

2008-Requesting congregations become Earthwise churches

2012- Conference-wide request to divest from fossil fuels (MN Conference was the first conference to fully divested from fossil fuels)

2018- MN Conference support adoption of a Renewable Energy Standard of 50% by 2030

2022- Encourage congregations to actively plan for and promote electrifying appliances and machines when old ones fail or become outdated

To read more about these and other resolutions, go to:

Resolutions – United Church of Christ Minnesota Conference (

Congratulations to Union Congregational UCC Hackensack

Congratulations to Union Congregational UCC Hackensack, MN on their recent success, the completion of a multi-year effort and permanent protection of over 104 acres of woods and wetlands with a conservation easement in Cass County, MN. The protected property also includes 3,100 feet of beautiful, undisturbed shoreline on the Boy River, which begins at Ten Mile Lake and ends at Leech Lake. 🌊

Ultimately, this protected property is an important piece of the larger Leech Lake River watershed, which covers 854,000 acres and contains some of our most valued fish and wildlife, including manoomin beds and fisheries used by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

More About the Property and Water Bodies.

Ten Mile Lake is located just 500 feet from the protected property and is one of Minnesota’s largest and deepest lakes. It was selected as a Sentinel Lake by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which means that it is monitored regularly to detect and better understand environmental stressors to provide data to guide management practices that sustain fisheries and water resources for future generations.

Ten Mile Lake is also designated by the DNR as a Lake of Outstanding Biological Significance and a Tullibee Refuge Lake. That means that despite the effects of climate change, Ten Mile Lake is expected to be able to continue to support tullibee several decades from now, which is critical for trout, walleye and other big gamefish species who feed on the smaller whitefish. 🐟

The Boy River is a 60-mile wild rice stream that connects several lakes in the region. It provides quality habitat for fish, insects, and other wildlife with its calm, clear water, and soft, mucky sediment.

Characteristic of the Mississippi Headwaters region, the protected landscape includes trees of the northern mesic hardwood community, with a dense canopy and relatively open understory. Here we find sugar maple, basswood, and the occasional northern red oak, bur oak, white spruce, balsam fir, and paper birch.🌲

There are also important wetlands on the property including open peatland composed primarily of mosses, graminoids, and forbs along the Boy River, a tamarack swamp, and a shrubby wetland region dominated by speckled alder.

Protecting the forest and wetlands here promotes high-quality habitat for wildlife species in greatest conservation need (SGCN), including the common tern, belted kingfisher, red-headed woodpecker, and veery, and residents of nearby Ten Mile Lake including the pugnose shiner, least darter, and northern sunfish.

Additionally, the property is estimated to sequester nearly 29 tons of carbon annually, offsetting emissions from an approximately 23 passenger vehicles driven for one year according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.

Congratulations again and thank you to everyone who championed this project and supports conservation in Minnesota, including Burton Wook and Bruce Carlson of UCC, our dedicated Minnesota Land Trust supporters, partner Northern Waters Land Trust and the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund which provided funding to complete this project.


Book: How to Live in a Chaotic Climate: 10 Steps to Reconnect with Ourselves, Our Communities, and Our Planet Paperback – August 8, 2023

by LaUra Schmidt (Author), Aimee Lewis Reau (Author), Chelsie Rivera (Author)

Organization: Minnesota Land Trust | Conservation Non-Profit + Environmental Protection (

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Rev. Sheri Nelson

Director of Outdoor Ministry

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Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 871-0359

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