Forestry Incentives to Protect the Crow Wing River
This $100,000 grant will provide cost sharing and incentives for implementing forestry management plans that will be used enrollment in the Sustainable Forestry Incentives Act (SFIA) or tax class 2c managed forestland in the Crow Wing River Watershed. Both of these enrollments require a minimum of 8-10 years of protection from deforestation. Forests provide incredible water quality benefits by infiltrating large amounts of rainfall, decreasing runoff, and absorbing nutrients that may be harmful to nearby waterbodies. Therefore, protection of these forests is crucial because forests preventing nitrate leaching in groundwater, runoff of harmful pollutants into lakes and streams, and providing high quality habitat for wildlife. In addition to assistance writing forestry plans, the SWCD will provide field training days for common forestry practices, such as tree planting and pruning.