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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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Erosion Control Assistance Available to Landonwers

Erosion Control Assistance Available to Landonwers

August 29, 2018 by

Are you tired of hauling dirt back up the hill every year? Are you tired of losing crop because of a storm event? The SWCD has program to reduce infield erosion. Let us help make your ground more productive.

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SWCD Project Manager Aaron Larsen Graduates from Statewide Leadership Program

SWCD Project Manager Aaron Larsen Graduates from Statewide Leadership Program

August 29, 2018 by

Fergus Falls, Minn. – The West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (or BWSR or NRCS) is proud to congratulate Aaron Larsen, Project Manager for successfully completing a one-year leadership development program sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD). 

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First MN CREP wetland easement in state augments habitat restoration

First MN CREP wetland easement in state augments habitat restoration

July 24, 2018 by

Starting with a 2.8-acre filter strip in 2009, Loreli Westby continued down the conservation path of her late father. The Westbys’ most recent work through West Otter Tail SWCD will restore a wetland, provide more wildlife benefits.

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2017 Conservationist of the Year

2017 Conservationist of the Year

July 20, 2017 by

LOCAL FARMERS HONORED FOR CONSERVATION EFFORTS

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With harvest's end, buffer law work begins

With harvest's end, buffer law work begins

July 20, 2016 by

The end of harvest means the beginning of work to implement Minnesota's new buffer law, and Minnesota farmers remain divided over the initiative.

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Conservation efforts named best in state

December 20, 2015 by

The West and East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation Districts were honored as top conservation districts statewide earlier last weekend by two Minnesota organizations.

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2015 MN Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts State Convention

2015 MN Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts State Convention

November 20, 2015 by

The hard work and dedication of the West Otter Tail Soil & Water Conservation District, along with it's conservation partners, was honored and recognized at the 2015 MASWCD State Convention in Bloomington, Minn. The Otter Tail County Commissioners were recoginzied as East and West Otter Tail SWCD's 2015 Outstanding Conservationists.

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Buffer Legislation Update

September 20, 2015 by

Buffer Legislation Update

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Otter Tail County Buffer Initiative Featured on Minnesota Public Radio News

July 20, 2015 by

Dan Gunderson, reporter for Minnesota Public Radio News (MPR News), recently covered the Otter Tail County Buffer Initiative. He interviewed staff from the West Otter Tail Soil & Water Conservation Distircit (SWCD)

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Clean Water Fund Grant Awarded to West Otter Tail SWCD for Otter Tail County Buffer Initiative

July 20, 2014 by

West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is honored to announce that the Otter Tail County Buffer Initiative has been awarded over $290,000 in funding from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

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2014 Conservation Farmer Award

2014 Conservation Farmer Award

May 07, 2014 by

The West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District selected Larry and Julie Buchholz as outstanding conservationists for 2014.

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