Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Minnesota is implementing a Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) that will directly address resource problems with strategic, long-term solutions. Farmers and agricultural landowners who choose to voluntarily enroll in the CREP will not only provide significant progress for the state’s water quality goals and habitat needs, but will also be part of a national model for local-state-federal partnerships.

If you are interested in learning about how you and your land can become permanently protected through the MN CREP sign up, please contact Brayden Anderson at the SWCD today! Acres are limited and floodplains, buffers and wetland restorations are priorities.

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Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM)

Conservation easements are a critical component of the state’s efforts to improve water quality by reducing soil erosion, phosphorus and nitrogen loading, and improving wildlife habitat and flood attenuation on private lands. Easements protect the state’s water and soil resources by permanently restoring wetlands, adjacent native grassland wildlife habitat complexes and permanent riparian buffers. In cooperation with county Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), BWSR's programs compensate landowners for granting conservation easements and establishing native vegetation habitat on economically marginal, flood-prone, environmentally sensitive or highly erodible lands.

About 6,000 acres of Yellow Medicine County land is currently protected by a RIM Easement. Most of these easements are privately owned and maintained by landowners from all backgrounds. Many options are available to maintain and enhance these easements. Managed haying and grazing are available, as well as the addition of food plots for winter wildlife cover and feed. The SWCD conducts inspections of these easements for the first 5 years and every third year after that. Landowners receive confirmation of this review usually late summer into fall.

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