On this Earth Day, we are grateful for the natural resources of our region – Park Rapids Enterprise

Each Earth Day, the Hubbard Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) reflects on the wonderful natural resources we enjoy in Hubbard County.

Our district appreciates the opportunity to work with community members to facilitate voluntary initiatives to conserve land, water, forests and wildlife in our area.

We’re one of 88 SWCDs across the state — and nearly 3,000 across the country — providing a hands-on presence to help preserve and protect the natural resources we all love.

The Hubbard SWCD has been around for over 50 years, working on conservation practices and improvements throughout our county.

Recent highlights of our work include distributing approximately 15,000 trees to area residents and planting approximately 500 trees in local school forests through our 2021 Tree Sale, completing four reinvestment in Minnesota and work on three new easements, water quality testing of 11 lake areas and three local rivers, completion of two cost-shared projects to reduce water erosion as well as several other conservation practices.

We conduct site visits for erosion issues and Wetland Conservation Act concerns.

We were also able to create several community/school gardens in Hubbard County, helping us reach over 500 students while preparing and planting these gardens and hosting our Virtual Freshwater Festival last year.

SWCDs are local government units that carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. We provide voluntary, incentivized approaches to landowners for better soil and cleaner water in the state of Minnesota.

Private landowners—using financial and technical assistance from local SWCDs—implement a wide variety of conservation practices, including preventing soil erosion, planting windbreaks and buffer zones, and restoring wetlands.

Born in the wake of the Dust Bowl, SWCDs have been involved in conservation across America for more than 75 years.

Because Minnesota has a wide variety of landscapes and conservation needs, each district operates under the direction of locally elected council supervisors. This local perspective allows SWCDs to manage resources and meet the needs of citizens in their neighborhood.

SWCD staff and supervisors partner with public and private, local, state and federal entities to develop local solutions to natural resource issues.

We work with landowners every step of the way, from planning to implementation.

Our work results in cleaner water, healthier wildlife habitat, better soil, and a collaborative relationship with the community. What a beautiful thing to celebrate this Earth Day.

To learn more about how your SWCD can help you, visit our website at www.hubbardswcd.org or call our office at (218) 732-0121 ext 4.

The mission of the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide leadership, education, technical guidance, financial assistance to landowners, cooperating agencies for various programs and projects to further the management sustainable, wise use and protection of the district’s soil, water, forests and wildlife. and recreational resources.

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