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Be Aware of All Requirements When Clearing Trees


Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When clear cutting more than 10,000 square feet of land (or an area equivalent to 100’ x 100’), the Fillmore County Soil Erosion Control Ordinance requires that the Fillmore County Zoning Office is contacted for a permit. Many areas are being cleared of trees this year to open up new cropland. Landowners who sodbust land that has not been previously farmed and clear trees from the land must complete paperwork at the USDA Farm Service Agency to ensure continued eligibility for federal farm programs. If the land is highly erodible, a conservation plan must be completed to ensure that soil erosion is controlled. If wetlands are present, a certified wetland determination is needed. If the land is not highly erodible and has no wetlands, no further action is needed to comply with federal farm program requirements.

However, the Fillmore County Soil Erosion Control Ordinance requires that clearing of trees on any land, whether highly erodible or not, is done with the approval of the Zoning Office. Even on non-highly erodible land, a soil erosion control plan may still be needed to ensure that the cleared area will not be prone to excessive erosion over the tolerable soil loss, (i.e. the rate at which soil can be lost and still maintain its productivity over the long term).

If trees are being cleared or other land alterations are made along DNR Protected Waters, there are additional requirements under the DNR Shoreland Ordinance, which is administered by Fillmore County Zoning Office. To determine whether the land is adjacent to DNR Protected Waters, a map of the DNR Protected Waters in Fillmore County can be viewed at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/watermgmt_section/pwi/FILL1OF1.pdf

For more information about clearing trees, contact the Fillmore County Zoning Office at 507-765-3878.

Luther College hosts Iowa Prairie Conference July 18-20

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

2013 Iowa Prairie Conference features regional experts on prairies and the Driftless Region. DECORAH, Iowa – Luther College will host the 14th Iowa Prairie Conference with the theme “Prairies on the Edge” July 18-20. This is the first time t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Wide WEED UP!

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

Spring has sprung and with it have come the unsightly weeds that threaten to overtake our public green spaces. We need your help to get Lanesboro’s greenery under control! Join fellow volunteers on Monday, June 24 from 6 - 8 pm at the Lanesboro Vi ..... 
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Live Snakes of the Blufflands

Mon, Jun 10th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Live Snakes of the Blufflands 7:00 PM Saturday, June 15 Houston Nature Center Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen kinds of snakes, including the timber rattlesnake, live in the Blufflands. Join Sara Grover of Whitewater State Park to learn how ..... 
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Severe Weather Hits SE MN

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Fountain The Great Outdoors

On the eve of Wednesday, May 29, severe storms hit Fillmore County. Pictured above is the roof of Drury’s Furniture Warehouse in Fountain, Minn., which was damaged by high winds in the storm. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Severe Weather strikes Spring Valley area

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

For several days the National Weather Service has been predicting strong storms that would be affecting NE Iowa and SE Minnesota and their warnings started on Sunday afternoon. It started out as a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, advanced to a Warning and ..... 
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Are you ready?

Mon, May 6th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Disasters come in all shapes, sizes, and frequencies and have lasting effects on both people and property. Recent events tell us that floods, tornadoes, chemical spills, and acts of community violence can occur any time and place. If a disaster oc ..... 
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Fossil Trail in Bluff Country!

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

BluffCountryFossils.com, in cooperation with SE MN HBC, has created a “Fossil Trail” in Bluff Country. The new website and fossil adventure blog created by Beverly Sandlin, a fossil enthusiast and substitute teacher in Spring Valley, was created ..... 
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SWCD staff seeks to detect flush of pollutants into Root River

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When snow melts or rain falls, the water picks up pollutants as it drains across land to a stream. Measuring that flush of pollutants can be tricky because some stream water levels rise and fall so quickly - in a matter of hours. It’s also importa ..... 
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