Blacklock Nature Sanctuary (BNS) was founded by nature photographer, Les Blacklock, his wife, Fran Blacklock, their son, Craig and daughter-in-law, Nadine Blacklock (also both nature photographers). The goal being to protect wild land east of Moose Lake Minnesota from development, and make it accessible to the public, artists and writers. For many years BNS, together with grants from the Jerome Foundation, provided creative people with residential retreats from a week to a month long. When funds for that program dried up, BNS focused its attention on the land preservation portion of the mission. The ultimate goal is to have most of BNS’s land added to the near by Moose Lake State Park or a larger non-profit organization with a similar mission.
BNS owns around 500 acres east of Moose Lake, and has protected another 160 acres through conservation easements. Craig and Honey Blacklock have placed conservation easements on around another 200 acres adjacent to BNS.
The protected lands include three beaver ponds and over 1/2 mile of shoreline on Little Moose Lake. A section of the Old Military Road that was a stage coach road linking Point Douglas with Superior Wisconsin (the original I-35) goes through the properties. The images below show some of the Sanctuary’s landscapes, flora and fauna.