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Walk-In Access is an opportunity for landowners to earn extra income by opening up their land for public hunting. Otter Tail County is one of 31 western Minnesota counties included in the WIA Program.

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Our mission is to be the link between you and the technical and financial resources needed to achieve your conservation goals. To achieve this, the SWCD works with a broad range of programs and partners. These are a few of the programs we work with and the partners that provide them.

 

Programs with our Natural Resource Conservation Service partners

Programs with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

Cost share and incentive payments for conservation farming practices.

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Restores drained wetlands and adjacent uplands.

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This program retires farm fields through a competitive bidding process when open.

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Specifically targeted at farm and pasture land near water or prone to erosion. This program pays from $76 to $155 an acre in our area depending on soil type and features a $100 an acre signing bonus on most acres. Installation is cost shared up to 90% of the eligible costs. Options include shelterbelts, filter strips, windbreaks, and wetland restorations. We can sign you up at any time if the Farm Service Agency determines your land is eligible.

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The state cost share fund is used to help landowners install windbreaks, shelterbelts, stream and lakeshore erosion control, and other conservation practices with 75% cost sharing. A ten year agreement to maintain the practice is required.

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The Reinvest in Minnesota program is an easement program with a variety of options depending on the site and feature to be protected. Payments vary with the feature and level of protection.

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The SWCD works with local communities to protect their drinking water sources.

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The State offers low interest loans through local lenders for conservation practices, equipment, and environmental protection projects.

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The Wetland Conservation Act of 1991, which is administered locally by the EOT SWCD, regulates the alteration of wetlands. Wetlands can be difficult to identify because they can be areas with occasional standing water, temporarily flooded potholes, shallow and deep marshes, shrub swamps, wet meadows, or even some forested areas. The Wetland Conservation Act requires that certain steps be taken before attempting to drain, fill, or excavate wetland.  Contact our office for more information. 

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