The RIM Wild Rice Conservation Easement Program protects wild rice lakes through permanent conservation easements on privately owned lands. This program is only available in the following eleven counties: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, St. Louis, and Wadena. BWSR has received this funding through the Outdoor Heritage Fund (from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment).
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2016 Landowner Application Process
SWCD Guidance Materials
This guidance documentation outlines the enrollment criteria and conditions that will govern the sign-up for this RIM Reserve conservation easement program. This guidance should be considered additive to existing RIM policy and procedure.
Landowner Application Materials Required
- Conservation Easement Application
- Area Assessment form
- Copy of aerial photo (clearly showing proposed easement boundary, zoomed to show a full section)
- Shapefile of easement boundary (send to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Conservation Easement Financial Worksheet
- Agreement Information Form
- W-9 Request for Taxpayer ID Number and Certification (IRS)
- Landowner's deed(s) to the property
- Ranking Sheet
BWSR’s June 2015 Feature on the RIM Wild Rice Program: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/news/webnews/june2015/2.pdf