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Root River Floodplain RIM


The Matt Hanson farm lies in the floodplain of the north branch of the Root River. The project will create a perpetual easement through the ReInvest in Minnesota program and planting perennial vegetation to protect floodplain soils from future scour erosion. A grazing-haying plan will be developed by the NRCS grazing specialist and managed by the landowner with oversite by the Olmsted SWCD. The Minnesota DNR division of fisheries has already been working with the landowner to fix streambanks and provide angling easements for the public along the adjacent reaches of the Root River. This project will provide a large tract of managed habitat for fish and wildlife, protect critical soils, reduce sediment delivery to the river and improve water quality here and downstream. This project will provide 173 acres of much needed habitat for grassland nesting birds, amphibians, shorebirds, deer, pheasant, turkey fish along its banks and downstream for perpetuity.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 05/13/2011 - 06/30/2014

Project Manager Skip Langer

Grant Recipient Olmsted SWCD

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $220,885

Expended $220,885

Statutory Reference M.L. 2016, Chp. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(K)

Management Unit(s) Private

Habitat(s) FGW

Activity Type(s) Acquisition

Primary County Olmsted


Latest Indicator Number of acres protected

Target 104

Measurement 104

Target Summary FY11 Grantees have until June 30, 2014 to complete their projects. Overall, CPL grantees are on track to meet their target # of acres and in some cases exceed those acres.