Expiring Conservation Reserve Program Options

Over 292,000 acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land in Minnesota will be expiring from this USDA program on September 30, 2012. Conservationists are concerned that many of these CRP acres which have been planted to native grasses and forbs may be converted to annual row crops due to economic land use practices and returns. This conversion will potentially increase […]

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Your Property Online: Where to find soils, water, and land management information

This page builds on our Maps and Airphotos page with good sources of information to help you plan the care and management of your Minnesota woodland property.  This content was developed as part of the 2011 Options for Your Woodland field day and webinar series. Watch a recording of Charlie Blinn’s September 2011 presentation on this topic now. After watching, […]

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Enhanced Federal Tax Incentives for Land Conservation Renewed

This article is republished with permission from the January 2011 MassWoods update. Congress recently renewed the enhanced tax deduction for conservation restriction donations through December 31, 2011! This is a powerful tool for allowing modest-income donors to receive greater credit for donating a valuable conservation restriction on their property, but it’s only good for project completed in 2010 and 2011. […]

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Research review: The future of oak forests in the Driftless area

By Tricia Knoot and Lisa Schulte Moore, Iowa State University.  Schulte Moore is currently a visiting fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Oak forests are an integral part of the Midwestern landscape, providing a variety of environmental benefits including high-quality wildlife habitat and timber production.  Because oaks depend on high light conditions for establishment, the current […]

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Free webinar August 19, 2009: Conservation Stewardship Program

Passing along an announcement from the American Society for Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.  The new Conservation Stewardship Program will be of interest to many Minnesota family forest owners. Update:  This event is over. More than the name has changed!  The new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), part of the 2008 Farm Bill, that began August 10. CSP […]

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Minnesota Conservation Funding Guide from MDA

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture just launched a web-based tool to assist farmers and ag professionals regarding conservation programs and practices. Here is the announcement from Barbara Weisman below: The Conservation Funding Guide is a one-stop, online tool Minnesota farmers and other landowners can use to learn about conservation practices, programs, and payments. It provides a wealth of information all […]

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Collecting Minnesota ash seed: 2009 update

Update: September 2009 Emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive species, threatens to kill Minnesota’s ash trees. In response, Andrew David, a University of Minnesota forest genetics researcher, and Mike Reichenbach, forestry educator with University of Minnesota Extension, began a project to protect the genetic diversity of ash in Minnesota. Seed collected from wild-grown ash trees will be sent to one […]

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