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Headwaters board receives funding recommendation

The Mississippi Headwaters Board received a recommendation from the Outdoor Heritage Council to the Legislature Wednesday for more than $3 million in funding.

The Mississippi Headwaters Board received a recommendation from the Outdoor Heritage Council to the Legislature Wednesday for more than $3 million in funding.

The funding would support coordination and administration of permanent easements and acquisitions targeted toward the water quality of the Mississippi River.

A planning process was started more than a year ago with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy and the MHB Board to collaborate about permanently protecting the Mississippi River. This led to a super majority of the eight MHB counties writing a resolutions that supported an application to the Outdoor Heritage Council.

The local government-led partnership model prioritizes, targets and strategically places permanent conservation easements and land acquisitions from willing landowners for habitat protection on the Mississippi River, headwaters reservoirs and connecting corridor tributaries. This process is coordinated by the MHB and brings counties in at the beginning, allowing county commissioners and MHB approval before land acquisitions occur.

"This helps solidify a legacy that former Senator Bob Lessard started back in 1980, which formed the Mississippi Headwaters Board for local control of the Great River," stated Tim Terrill, executive director of MHB, in a news release. "With the visionary thinking of the MHB Board, I see this as being the new standard as how acquisitions will occur in Minnesota in the future."

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