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Preserving Minnesota's Agricultural Historic Landscapes

Minnesota's countryside still retains vast expanses of a rich agricultural landscape. Portions of this landscape retain significant features reflecting the state's agricultural history - fields, windbreaks, barns, farmhouses. These features may illustrate the evolution of farming practices, the types of buildings constructed by a particular ethnic group, or the particular settlement patterns of a particular locality. Historic landscapes are a type of historic resource eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Work in this area of historic preservation is still quite new.

In 1997, with funding from the State of Minnesota as recommended by the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCMR), the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) initiated a two-year project to survey and document two historic agricultural landscapes within the St. Cloud-Twin Cities-Rochester growth corridor and develop a management plan for protecting Minnesota's agricultural historic landscapes. The project was completed in June 1999 and the results of that work are now available.

Identifying Minnesota's Historic Agricultural Landscapes
Phase II Report

Prepared by Mead & Hunt, Inc.
June 1998

This is the final survey report for documenting two agricultural historic landscapes in Carver and Goodhue Counties. It provides helpful insight into the methodology used to evaluate rural landscape resources.

Inventorying, Managing and Preserving Agricultural Historic Landscapes in Minnesota
Prepared by BRW, Inc.
June 1999

This is a statewide management plan for rural agricultural historic districts, including a discussion of documentation, evaluation, and protection strategies. This plan serves as an introduction and reference for planners, agency officials, and citizens interested in applying the concept in local land use planning.

Funding for this project has been approved by the Minnesota Legislature, 1997 Laws, Ch. 216, Sec. 15, Subd. 5 (b) as recommended by the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources from the Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

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