Crow Wing SWCD to share conservation success stories

Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District works hand in hand with private landowners to accomplish soil and water conservation goals.

A Minnesota Native Landscapes backhoe is positioned on a bed of rocks at the site of the Crosslake Rock Dam Feb. 5, 2020. The dam is being replaced with a structure that is more habitat friendly. Five rock weirs spaced about 40 feet apart along 200 feet of the stream channel will replace the dam. The series of riffles and pools is expected to restore natural flows, spawning habitat and in-stream cycling. Collectively, the access to habitat needed to reach reproductive age will benefit walleye, smallmouth bass, bait fish and mussels, according to Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, and benefits will also extend to anglers and paddlers. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors will host a public event to share landowner conservation success stories.

“Individual landowners are doing great things for clean water and habitat in this area. We want to make sure these stories get told,” District Manager Melissa Barrick stated in a news release.

Minnesota State Sen. Carrie Ruud will be the guest speaker for the event. Ruud is the chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance, and vice chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Finance committees. Ruud was appointed by the Minnesota Senate as a Republican representative on the Clean Water Council.

“Landowners will explain how and why they got into conservation programs and the benefits,” Barrick stated of the upcoming event.

The virtual event will be from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Feb. 18 via Zoom. The registration deadline is Feb. 16. Those interested can view the online event at


For more information and to register, contact Bethany Chaplin at or by calling 218-828-6197.

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