Landowners have a new option to restore their environmentally sensitive cropland with the reintroduction of the Reinvest In Minnesota Wetlands Program (RIM Wetlands). Signup for RIM Wetlands began September 30, 2022. Funding decisions will be made via quarterly batching periods while funds are available, with the first round of decisions slated to begin in late November.
The most recent RIM Wetlands Program took place in 2015. RIM Wetlands is a voluntary statewide program designed to improve water quality and habitat, which is administered by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). The program aims to protect and restore habitat on marginal cropland across Minnesota through wetland restoration. The program is funded through the Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) and the Clean Water Fund (CWF).
Landowners currently enrolled in an active Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract are eligible for this program. Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District began accepting applications on September 30, 2022.
Landowners wanting to learn more should contact: Kyle Richter, (320) 523-1559.