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Easement Site Preserves Family Legacy, Restores Habitat

Easement Site Preserves Family Legacy, Restores Habitat

November 01, 2018 by

Developers envisioned houses on Paul Brutlag’s lake-view property in Otter Tail County. But Brutlag chose instead to place 129 acres of his Eagle Lake Township farm into a perpetual easement through a state and federal partnership. Seven years later and six years after seeding, yellow, lavender and pink wildflowers bloom among native grasses in the restored wetland and prairie.

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Farm Bill Biologist Partnership Surpasses 17,000 Acres

Farm Bill Biologist Partnership Surpasses 17,000 Acres

October 04, 2018 by

Thanks to the local effort and partnership of the West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Pheasants Forever, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Minnesota's Otter Tail County has surpassed 17,000 acres enrolled in conservation programs, since starting the partnership in 2008. 

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Alternative Practices Assist Landowners with Buffer Compliance

Alternative Practices Assist Landowners with Buffer Compliance

October 01, 2018 by

Water and sediment control basins installed as an alternative practice to MN Buffer Law.

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Meemken Farms Recognized for Conservaiton Efforts

Meemken Farms Recognized for Conservaiton Efforts

September 17, 2018 by

Gary Meemken’s efforts of conservation farming have now earned their farming operation the status of a Minnesota Water Quality Certified Farm and the West Otter Tail SWCD 2018 Outstanding Conservationist Award. 

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Seeking Landowners to Protect Wetlands

Seeking Landowners to Protect Wetlands

September 06, 2018 by

SWCD partners with Minnesota Land Trust to promote wetland protection in Otter Tail County.

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