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We Offer Technical & Financial Assistance for Conservation Efforts
The South St. Louis SWCD provides
technical and financial assistance to land occupiers as incentives
to help protect water quality in our area's lakes and rivers. We
have several sources of financial assistance available,
and the technical capabilities to support these programs.
We offer many services directly from our office, providing free site visits and engineering for projects. We also partner with area agencies, and will help you find programs offered through them.
Cost-Share Funding may be available for eligible projects through our office.
The SWCD Board of Supervisors approves all cost-share applications, with the property owner often contributing only 25% of the cost, sometimes as in-kind labor. Call us, at (218) 723-4867.
Potential cost-share projects include activities such as:
2012 Flood Relief Funds can pay up to 100% of eligible projects working to control erosion, sediment, water quality in areas damaged by the June 20 flood event. We administer these funds from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). We conduct site assessments and document repair needs, design/engineering needs, and estimated costs. We are prioritizing project sites. Learn more on our Flood 2012 webpage.
• Critical Area / Bank Stabilization
• Riparian & Lakeshore Buffer Strips
• Water Control Structures
• Streambank Restoration
• Rain Gardens & Other Stormwater Projects
• Native Tree & Shrub Planting
• Animal Waste Management Systems
See recent Sample Cost-Share Projects
Agricultural Best Management Practices Low-Interest
The Ag BMP Loan Program provides low-interest loans
to help land occupiers install animal waste management systems, and to
pay for waste handling equipment.
Contact us to learn more about these programs.
Other programs we can help you navigate
We can introduce you to other programs offered through area partners. These, too, provide technical expertise and funding for eligible activities that protect and conserve resources. Ask us about:
Forest Stewardship Plans- A written plan including an inventory of your forest, setting long-term goals with possible funding for such activities as tree planting, timber stand thinning, timber harvesting, improving wildlife habitat, or creating a low-impact hiking trail. These plans are required for Minnesota's Tax Incentive Programs for woodland owners including SFIA and Class 2c property tax incentive.
Visit our Forestry page for more information, or contact our Forester, Beth at bethk(at)southstlouisswcd.org or call 218-723-4867.
For more information on Forest Stewardship Plans and a list of other plan writers in your area, click here to visit the University of Minnesota Extension Office site.
Note: The Conservation Activity Plans (CAP) offered through NRCS (see below) may also be used for MN tax incentive programs.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Are you already doing the right thing by and for your land, like clearing buckthorn, thinning red pine, or growing organic food? You may be eligible for funds to help plan, implement, and maintain these ongoing forms of good land stewardship. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is one of several ofered through the Dept. of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Additional funds are available under EQIP for developing a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) for your property (similar to the DNR's Forest Stewardship Plans, only more flexible and readily written). Feel free to call us, (218) 723-4946, to learn more about EQIP and CAP.
Read more about EQIP and CAP . . .
Learn more about our Conservation Engineers, who help plan and oversee projects throughout this region.
Learn more about Minnesota tax programs for forest landowners, including Rural Preserve, SFIA, and Class 2c. On the U of M My Woods webpage, look for the 'Family Forest Stewardship and Property Taxes' document.
EQIP Conservation Activity Plan (website)
March 2013 EQIP update from NRCS (online article, My Minnesota Woods)