Koochiching SWCD exceeds 3-county conservation enrollment goals for parcels of forested private lands

In the Little Fork River watershed, managing small tracts has great potential for water quality, wildlife habitat, forest health

“The way I’m going to use it is to commit to improving it,” Thomas Wyrobek said of the land he enrolled in the Little Fork Headwaters Non-industrial Private Forestland project. Private landowners who work with the Koochiching Soil & Water Conservation District staff to develop forestry management plans are helping to improve water quality in the Little Fork River. Photo Credits: Ann Wessel, BWSR
Those who registered their forest stewardship plans with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and followed suggestions could receive tax breaks through programs including the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act.
Koochiching SWCD forest resource specialist James Aasen and landowner Thomas Wyrobek discussed options related to forestry management in August 2018.
The Little Fork River borders Thomas Wyrobek’s property. Stretches of the river are impaired for turbidity. Wyrobek is among 40 landowners who acquired Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-approved management plans through the Little Fork Headwaters Non-industrial Private Forestland project.
The Little Fork River is known for sturgeon, muskies, walleye, small-mouth bass and northerns.
Bank erosion is one issue that could be addressed through the Little Fork Headwaters Non-industrial Private Forestland project.

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Our mission is to improve and protect Minnesota’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners.