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Sisters of Saint Francis file conservation easement for Assisi Heights

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – It’s a beautiful landmark location atop a hill in Northwest Rochester: Assisi Heights.

And now, much of that land is protected forever.

The Sisters of Saint Francis filed a conservation easement with Olmsted County to protect 72 acres of their land.

They marked the achievement Thursday with a special service.

The conservation easement will ensure the land to the South and West of the building, which the sisters call the “Green Space,” remains in its natural condition, which they’ve kept that way for 60 years.

“The beauty of the hill and coming up the hill has always been complimented as a wonderful peaceful drive up, so we’re preserving that beauty and that space,” said Sister Ramona Miller, Congregational Minister of the Sisters of Saint Francis. “There’s also a five acre prairie grass that is maintained for the natural grasses, and that has its own instructional beauty aspect of it.”

The sisters will work alongside the groundskeepers and the Minnesota DNR to keep the land’s features intact.

That includes preserving the habitat for the deer and wild turkeys that live there as well.

Erin O'Brien

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