From: Dick Gallien
Twenty-some years ago, three of us, including Jim Murphy, whose ridge farm became the Winona County Landfill, were taking top soil from a field with earth movers, to cover the pods full of Winona’s rubbish. During each round, we could look directly down at two farms in East Burns Valley, with Sugar Loaf just beyond. One of those farms, the 175-acre Winona Farm, is now protected in perpetuity from development by a Conservation Easement with the Minnesota Land Trust, Wilson Township, the DNR and a Natural Burial Cemetery.
One could look at 1,000 towns and cities and not find another little valley at the junction of two trout streams, that is so topographically diverse and so close to a town of Winona’s size, yet protected from town by 500-foot hills. Two or three more Conservation Easements and the potential for this rare land, that connects Winona to Stone Point Park, will be protected forever.