Crow Wing County landowners and community groups implemented projects last year for clean water and habitat.

“Large projects that were completed included the Pine River Fish Passage Project and the Island-Loon Runoff Project in the Crosslake area,” stated Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Melissa Barrick in a news release.

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The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District recently released the 2020 conservation report to highlight conservation work done in the Brainerd lakes area.

“Despite the many challenges that 2020 brought us, many people planted native trees in their yards, repaired shoreline erosion and created pollinator habitats,” Barrick stated.

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Highlights of the conservation report include:

  • Island-Loon Clean Water Project reduced about 1.5 ton less of algae growth per year to the lake.

  • Pine River Rock Dam was completed, so fish can swim upstream.

  • Landowners protected wildlife habitat and critical shoreline through the Reinvest in Minnesota Conservation Easement Program. Since 2012, landowners have protected over 22 miles of shoreline.

  • Individual property owners worked with professional plan writers to develop 14 forest stewardship plans for almost 3,000 acres of land and made 15 project improvements to their forest totaling 108 acres.

  • Residents planted more than 29,000 trees and 3,000 plants. For more information on how to help plant, visit

  • Leveraged more than $4 million dollars for conservation for the Brainerd lakes area through state and federal grants, and contracts.

Funding for projects was provided in part by local government units, nonprofit groups, citizens, the Outdoor Heritage Fund and Clean Water Fund as part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, and the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.


“We cannot do this work without our local partners. It takes a village to do conservation. We are so grateful for all partners, landowners and grantors,” Barrick stated.

To receive the full 2020 conservation report, visit or call 218-828-6197 for a printed copy.