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Winona County Soil & Water Conservation District

 P.O. Box 39, 400 Wilson Street

 Lewiston, MN 55952

 Phone: (507) 523-2171 Ext. 3

Conservation Easements


Reduced Soil Erosion and Sedimentation.

Improved Surface and Groundwater Quality.

Increase Groundwater Recharge.

Store or Reduce Surface Runoff and Reduce Flooding.

Enhanced Fish and Wildlife Habitat.

Enhance the Beauty and Biodiversity of Landscapes.

The RIM (Reinvest in Minnesota) Reserve and PWP (Permanent Wetland Preserve) Programs are permanent easements with the State of Minnesota, administered by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), and implemented locally by the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).  These are voluntary programs for landowners interested in receiving payment to retire marginal agricultural land, provide buffer areas along rivers and streams, restore wetlands, or protect existing wetlands.

The RIM Reserve and PWP Program easements are permanently recorded on the land title of the enrolled land, but remains the property of the landowner. The landowner also retains the right to control access to the land.  If the land is ever sold, the easement transfers with the property to the new landowner.

State of MN Conservation Easements Easement Fact Sheet


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Pheasants Forever.

Ducks Unlimited.

North Am. Wetland Conservation Council.

Minnesota Waterfowl Association.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP II)

· 37 easements, 45 year.

· 852.7 acres.

Permanent Wetland Preserve (PWP).

· 1 easement, permanent.

· 55.6 acres.

Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) Reserve.

· 40 easements, permanent.

· 943.5 acres.

RIM - WRP (Wetland Reserve Program).

· 2 easement, permanent.

· 32.6 acres.


Current Conservation Easement Total for Winona County:  80 Easements on 1,884.4 acres.

Pending Easements.

· 0 easements.

·  0 acres.


Lands enrolled into the RIM Reserve and PWP Programs, will be established to a permanent cover that protects the soil and water, and provides important wildlife habitat.  The establishment of this cover is cost-shared by the state 100% up to a maximum, dependent on the proposed cover type (prairie plantings, tree plantings, wetland restoration...).

Grant Reports Conservation Easement Opportunities