|20 acre minimum||20 acre minimum|
|No maximum acreage enrolled||1920 acre maximum enrolled|
|Public access required if >1920 acres enrolled||Public access no required|
|Exclude 3 acre minimum for building||Exclude 10 acre minimum for building|
|8 year minimum enrollment; 4 years to end agreement||1 year minimum enrollment|
|Pay usual property tax, class rate varies from 0.50% to 1.25% depending on class and property's value. Get $7.00/acre/year minimum incentive payment (8.61 actual payment in 2008)||Pay 0.65% Property Tax Class Rate|
|Property tax qualifies for itemized deduction on federal income tax return, but SFIA payment is taxable income||Property tax qualifies for itemized deduction on federal income tax return|
For more information on tax relief option for woodland owners, please contact the Crow Wing SWCD at 218-828-6197.
Clean Water Stories
Activity and Project Description, Maps and Pictures-2013
Crow Wing County, Minnesota
2012-13 Community Partners Grant: Clean Water, Land, and Legacy
1. Rain Barrel Project: Northland Arboretum sold 250 rain barrels at $25. plus tax, before workshops were scheduled, so each person that purchased a rain barrel, received one-on-one training.
2. Renew Our Shoreline: Grantee installed 2 shoreline restoration projects on Mitchell and Kego Lakes in 2012, and 1 project on West Fox Lake in 2013.
3. Water Retention-Erosion Prevention Water Gardens: 1 shoreline restoration installed on Cross Lake, and 8 Rain gardens at Legionville Camp on North Long Lake.
4. Wild Ones Dog Park: A new dog park has been constructed in Brainerd, near the Mississippi River and Boom Lake. The Wild Ones organization has been interested in doing community projects that educate the public about the water-quality benefits of landscaping with native plants.
2012-2013 Cost Share Grant: 3 properties, 1 210'x15' Shoreline Buffer, 1 Shoreline Restoration, 2 Raingardens, 1 Stormwater, 1 Culvert Replacement.
Collectively: 0.58 tons of runoff, 0.619 tons of sediment and 2.92 lbs of Phosphorus prevented from entering Ossawinnamakee Lake.
Activity and Project Description, Maps and Pictures-2012
The SWCD initiated Project Recharge to create and apply a protection strategy to address declining water quality trend reported in a 2008 large lakes analysis.
The report contained watershed and trend analysis for lakes over 1,000 acres in size and led to targeting of lands located within lakesheds containing the highest ratio of impervious to pervious surfaces. These included the Cities of Breezy Point, Crosslake, and Fifty Lakes. The SWCD prioritized work for Serpent and Rush lakes due to their declining transparency trend analysis.
The SWCD worked with partners to find and approach landowners and businesses to complete the following types of projects that all used native plant species:
Swap Rock for Native Stock: Implement bioengineering to stabilize shoreline. All projects are approximately 750 square feet.
Buff up Your Shoreline: Restore native vegetative buffers to shoreline. All projects are approximately 750 square feet.
Rain, Rain, Soak Away: Install residential raingardens sized to infiltrate a 1” rain event.
4 Demonstration Sites: Created bio-retention basins and infiltration swales.
The SWCD has partnered with the City of Fifty Lakes, Crosslake Parks and Recreation, 7 different landowners, the Bait Box, Peaceful Harbor, a 24-member Association, Immanuel Lutheran Church, and Breezy Point Resort to intercept, infiltrate, and treat stormwater runoff.
Collectively, over two tons of sediment, 16 pounds of phosphorus, and six million gallons of annual runoff is prevented from entering Pelican, Serpent, Crosslake, Rush, East and West Fox Lakes.
The SWCD used media resources to create more awareness about the Clean Water Legacy Funds and the importance of stormwater management. Public TV interviewed the SWCD five times, and had three radio interviews. In addition, over 20 press releases were printed in local newspapers.
Community Partners Stormwater Reduction Mini-Grants
You should apply for this grant if you want to work with your neighbors or collaborate with a local organization to filter rainwater on the landscape and improve water quality! Up to 75% of project expenses for projects up to $25,000 can be reimbursed to grantees.
Crow Wing SWCD has done cost-share with landowners within Crosslake, Breezy Point, Fifty Lakes, and Crosby communities on shoreline buffers, shoreline stabilization projects, raingardens, and no-mow zones.
For more information about these conservation practices, download and read the Crow Wing County "Landowner's Guide to Lake Stewardship." Copies are available in the Crow Wing SWCD office at no cost.
Crow Wing SWCD, 322 Laurel Street Suite 13, Brainerd, MN 56401.
The Landowner Agreement outlines the project requirements including estimated project area, cash match, in-kind labor contribution, estimated maximum project cost, maintenance requirements and deed restriction.
Breezy Point Resort - Raingarden/Biorention Basin
Fifty Lakes City Hall - Raingarden Biorention Basin
Crosslake Community Center - Raingarden Biorention Basin
Crosby, Immanuel Lutheran Church - Raingardens
To volunteer: contact Melissa Barrick or call 218-828-6197. Volunteer duties can include planting, mulching, weeding, and watering.
Partners: City of Crosslake, Crosby, Breezy Point, Fifty Lakes, Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, Serpent Lake Association, Pelican Lake Association, and Fifty Lakes Property Owners Association.
Willow fence (Spiles) used to absorb wave energy, reducing undercutting, and disturbance to new plantings for establishment of native emergent vegetation
Note budding twig adjacent to post. A red osier cutting that was placed in the willow fence for growth to hold the shoreline and provide habitat, for when the fence decomposes.
A willow fence was constructed of native willow to reduce wave action and a coconut coir log anchored under the bank.
Core log placed at toe of bank and planted in sedges. Natural settling will fill in area reducing disturbance of vegetation and soil. Sedges will protect against shoreline erosion when established.
For more information please contact Beth Hippert at the Crow Wing SWCD.Back to Top
Project Recharge!, Catch, Clean, Circulate, and Community Partnership / Centered projects are funded through the Board of Water and Soil Resources from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, Clean Water Fund.