Conserving grasslands and wetlands on the saline prairie of Grand Forks County is the focus of a new partnership between the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Grand Forks County Soil Conservation District and several other agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
A preliminary study from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources indicates the state is meeting its goal of no-net-loss of wetlands, but there are ongoing concerns about the quantity and quality of wetlands in the state.
Scientists are checking on the health of wetlands across the state, as part of a project to determine how well conservation programs are working.
There are about 10 million acres of wetlands across Minnesota. Some are big areas of open water encircled by cattails, and others are little more than grassy spots several hundred feet wide.
Wetlands in northeast Minnesota remain in good condition and similar in abundance to pre-settlement levels, while many wetlands in western and southern Minnesota have been lost, and those that remain generally are in poor condition.
Today's Supreme Court decision is a victory for Mike and Chantell Sackett, whose property near a scenic lake has sat undisturbed since the Environmental Protection Agency ordered a halt in work in 2007. The agency said part of the property was a wetlands that could not disturbed without a permit.
wetland preservation, restoration and/or development can be accomplished through very effective, environmentally friendly and federally approved projects.
And North Dakota has developed only a small fraction of the potential sites.
Contained deep in last week's 93-page report from the Minnesota legislative auditor's report on the 2008 voter-approved tax hike that included funding for the outdoors was an interesting observation: Appropriations recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and approved by the Legislature show a distinct shift from wetlands to prairies over the first three years.
The challenge is providing easement programs that offer adequate incentives Wetlands might be good for ducks and other wildlife, but don’t overlook the role they play in flood control, water quality and tourism.
A federal appeals court announced its decision Thursday to uphold the convictions of a retired Walsh County, N.D., farmer who has tangled with officials for years over what he claims is his right to drain wetlands on his property.
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