Gary Rathman Named Gold Standard Landowner

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Congratulations to Brown SWCD Supervisor, Gary Rathman, on being named a Pheasants Forever Gold Standard Landowner! GARY RATHMAN – GOLD STANDARD LANDOWNER Article By Dustin Van Thuyne, Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist Born and raised in Brown County, Minnesota,…Continue Reading →

BROWN SWCD SUMMER APPRENTICE

Brown SWCD is happy to welcome Jeremy Groskreutz to the district for a summer-long apprenticeship position. He will work alongside our staff on projects such as RIM/CREP easement site inspections, GIS mapping projects for buffers and easements, and outreach opportunities….Continue Reading →

BROWN SWCD NEW EMPLOYEE

The Brown Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is excited to announce that we have hired a new employee, Heather Hansen, to fill the position of District Technician. Heather began her career with Brown SWCD on May 23. As District…Continue Reading →

BUCKTHORN REMOVAL TOOL AVAILABLE

BUCKTHORN – WHAT IS IT? By Greg Tennant, Brown County Master Gardner There are two types of buckthorn common in Minnesota. The common, or European and the glossy buckthorn.  Both are considered to be non-native invasive species. They were brought here…Continue Reading →

Cost Share Funds Available

Cost share funds are currently available to install erosion control and water management practices in Brown County.   Practices can include:  grassed waterways, terraces, riparian buffer strips, streambank, shoreland and roadside projects,  critical area stabilization, sediment retention, erosion or water control structures,…Continue Reading →

DOUGLAS GOODRICH GRADUATES FROM STATEWIDE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Congratulations are extended to Douglas Goodrich the District Manager for the Brown Soil and Water Conservation District for successfully completing a one-year leadership development program sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The program, titled “The…Continue Reading →

Conservation Buffers

WHAT IS A CONSERVATION BUFFER? Conservation buffers are small areas or strips of land in permanent vegetation placed in the landscape to help control pollutants and reduce other environmental concerns.  They are designed to slow water runoff, provide shelter and stabilize riparian areas.  Conservation…Continue Reading →