The Brown Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) would like to remind everyone that the first deadline of the Minnesota Buffer Law is fast approaching. Under the law, strips of perennial vegetation with an average width of 50 ft. will be required to be planted along all Public Waters, such as lakes and rivers, by November 1, 2017.

Within the last few months, the Board of Water and Soil Resources has released more options for landowners to reach compliance with the law other than solely planting 50’ buffer strips. Guidance has been released on common alternative practices that can be implemented in place of buffer strips.  These practices offer more options that might better accommodate field specific situations. Another potential option is the new CREP program. CREP is a permanent easement program that also comes with up to 15 years of CRP payments. Additionally, money has been appropriated for providing cost share assistance to landowners looking to seed their buffer strips without entering a program.

Please stop in the office or call us if you would like more information on the buffer law or would like to discuss the options available to you.

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