Nicollet SWCD staff has worked with landowners to enroll more than 800 acres of flood-prone, river bottom cropland in the voluntary program. Restored hydrology, increased infiltration, flood mitigation and improved wildlife habitat are among the benefits.
With increasing responsibilities and a growing staff, the Hubbard SWCD delves into Leech Lake River watershed protection. New hires include a technician with a farm background, and a water quality and easement specialist who’s a retired DNR fisheries scientist.
With a statewide plan and a $3.3 million, five-year contract centered on federal Wetlands Reserve Program easements, Red Rock Fire crews this burn season maintained 7,520 acres, starting in Freeborn and Steele counties and stretching to Polk County.
An updated guide for subsurface investigations is available for Minnesota conservation staff who assess geological risks. A training near Stewartville equipped attendees to apply the guide's principles in the field.