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Legacy funds will be used to enhance water quality

Posted: November 30, 2012 - 9:51pm

Legacy funds will be used to enhance water quality

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) received $85,500 of the Clean Water Legacy Funds to protect and enhance water quality of deep cold water lakes. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) partnered with Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to provide funding to private landowners to actively manage forestland and maintain forested land cover within deep cold water tullibee lakes watersheds (an area that drains into a specific lake).

DNR Fisheries, Mike Duval stated, “DNR and researchers at the University of Minnesota collaborated on a study that identified tullibee lakes as high value water resources to protect. Tullibee are the favorite food source for walleyes, muskies and northern pike. Tullibee require cold and clean water to survive. This project connects private forest land management with water quality protection and ensures long-term quality sport fishing.”

Darren Mayers, district technician said: “This is a great deal for landowners! Landowners who own forested 20 acre parcels or larger and live within tuilbee lake watershed are eligible for grant funds. Grant funds will provide low cost forest stewardship plan, technical assistance and funding for forest management practices such as: forest stand improvement cuttings, habitat management, trail improvement and tree planting. Additionally, landowners with the forest management plan can receive cost savings for keeping their land in forest management.”

Cost savings include: the Sustainable Forestry Incentive Act (SFIA) tax incentive and Class 2c Managed Forest Land classification property tax discount (Class 2c). SFIA-enrolled landowners receive an annual incentive payment from the State of Minnesota; land in property tax Class 2c may be taxed at lower rate by Crow Wing County.

For more information contact Darren Mayers via e-mail darren.mayers@crowwingswcd.org or by phone (218)-828-6197 or visit the DNR website at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/tullibeelake.html.