Now taking 2018 Tree Orders!
We are continuing the sale of the Backyard Bundle which is a bundle of 25 trees made up of our most popular species: Redosier Dogwood, Common Purple Lilac, Red Splendor Crabapple, Sugar Maple, and Black Hills Spruce.
We are also selling Prairie Seed Mixes and have added a Septic Mound Mix which is a native grass mixture designed specifically for septic mound systems. See the “Prairie Seed Mix Sheet” to review what’s in each different seed mix.
The Order Deadline is March 9, 2018. Trees will be available for pick-up April 19 & 20, 2018. Visit the TREE PAGE for more information about the program.
Buffer Cost-Share & Deadlines
Good news for landowners seeking financial assistance with installing buffer strips. Cost-share for Blue Earth County implementation of buffer strips are now available. We can provide up to $300 per acre for helping landowners install the buffer strips. To sign-up now or to gather more details please contact Jake Fritz at the Blue Earth SWCD.
A reminder that public water buffers must be installed by November 1, 2017 and that public ditch buffers must be installed by November 1, 2018.
See Buffer Page for more information and maps.
The 2017 legislation also recognizes that some landowners may have hardships (such as weather) in meeting the public waters deadline of November 1, 2017. The added language allows for an eight-month extension for implementation when a landowner or authorized agent has filed a riparian protection “compliance plan” with their local SWCD by November 1, 2017. Compliance waivers offer a buffer deadline extension until July 1, 2018 if approved by the SWCD office. Contact Jake Fritz for more information on deadline extensions 507-345-4744.