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Cost Share 

The Cost-Share Program allows Soil and Water Conservation Districts to share the cost of systems or practices for erosion control, sedimentation control, or water quality improvements that are designed to protect and improve soil and water resources. Through the State Cost-Share Program, landowners can request financial and technical assistance from Lake SWCD for implementation of conservation practices. The State Cost-Share Manual can be viewed here. If you are interested in learning more about Cost-Share or would like to request financial assistance for your project, contact our office at (218) 834-8370.

Technical Assistance 
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Lake SWCD provides technical support for conservation issues on private or public land. The Lake County Property Owner's Resource Guide is a good place to start for general regulations and best management practices. Some issues we regularly deal with are erosion, stormwater, forestry, invasive species, and general environmental issues. If we are not able to provide assistance directly, we try to connect landowners with other agencies and professionals who may be able to help. 

Private Forestry Assistance
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Lake SWCD offers Private Forestry Assistance which includes:

Site Visits
Forest Stewardship Planning
Small Acre Forest Management Planning
Forest Practice Planning

To read our brochure, click here
For more information, call Tim Byrns at (218) 834-8372

Disaster Response 
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Lake SWCD provides technical support and emergency response for natural disasters including floods, droughts, storms, and wildfires. 

During and after disaster events, SWCD technical staff are in the field conducting damage assessments. We focus on non-structural damage including erosion, damage to vegetation, and natural debris cleanup. We also address structural damage to culverts and bridges. We typically do not handle damage to homes or other buildings. SWCD staff participate on local and state-level disaster response task forces to help address needs and secure funding. If disaster relief funding is available, SWCD administers funding to individual landowners and assists with design and installation of disaster repair projects.

Annual Tree Sale 
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2019 Order Form

Native trees and shrubs are sold at low rates each spring. The order form is linked above. You can view tree and shrub pictures and descriptions here.  For more information, contact Karen Tucker.

Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) 
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Lake SWCD staff participate on the Lake County Wetland Technical Evaluation Panel. Lake County is the local government responsible for administering the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA). Wetland delineations and wetland permit applications should be submitted directly to Lake County Planning & Zoning and to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For more information about wetlands, see:
Minnesota Wetlands Brochure
Minnesota Wetland Regulations
Minnesota DNR Wetlands Page