SLEEPY EYE - The Brown Soil and Water Conservation District (SCWD) is seeking applicants for the 2014 Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Riparian Buffer Easement Program.
The program creates vegetated buffers on riparian crop land adjacent to streams and lakes through the purchase of conservation easements. These easements provide permanent protection of natural resources and retain local ownership of the land. The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is partnering with Brown SWCD on this program.
"The RIM Buffer program has been a good fit for landowners in Brown County and has had a good response in the area in the past," Program Manager Doug Goodrich said. "They receive financial incentives for their participation in the program and the land they enroll provides permanent protection for the state's water and wildlife habitat."
Eligibility focuses on cropland near streams, lakes, or drainage ditches This is a great opportunity for both new contracts and landowners with existing Conservation Reserve Program land who would like to permanently take their land out of agricultural production. Landowner demand for this program may exceed available resources, and payment rates have never been higher so interested landowners should contact the Brown SWCD office at 300 2nd Ave. SW or phone at 794-2553. The SWCD will help determine if sites are a good fit for the program and work with landowners to complete the application materials for submittal to BWSR.
More information about the RIM program be found on BWSR's website: www.bwsr.state.mn.us.