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Wednesday
Aug242016

Congressman Walz Brings Blufflands Conservation Partners Together

The Ken and Terry Visger Farm in southeastern Minnesota conserves wildlife habitat and water quality from which we all benefit!Landowners Ken and Terry Visger recently hosted Congressman Tim Walz and a bevy of conservation partners at their home near Hokah in southeastern Minnesotas.

The Visgers conserved their land six years ago, and have been continually adding to and improving their goat and tall-grass prairie.

As Terry puts it: "It's for the pollinators!"

The Congressman asked great questions about Ken and Terry's goals, and expressed his appreciation for their dedication to wildlife habitat and water quality.

Executive Director Kris Larson appreciates Tim Walz' commitment to conservation:

"We all owe Representative Walz a big 'thank you' for his leadership and support of conservation issues, including private land protection.

Thanks to policies and partnerships that will help clean our water and protect wildlife habitat, our state is much better off thanks to the Congressman's efforts." Board Member Kelly Scanlan presented an award of appreciation to Congressman Tim Walz.

Several conservation partners were in attendance as well, including The Nature Conservancy, Minnesota DNR, Mower and Root River Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Mississippi Valley Conservancy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and others. 

These public private partnerships are the key to accomplishing long term conservation goals, and it's always great to make new connections as well as greet past friends.

Different land management practices result in vastly different runoff scenarios. The bottle in the front shows us the rainwater that would run off quickly, and the bottle in the rear shows the rainwater would soak through. The color of the water tips us off to erosion impacts as well.Representatives from the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program provided a fascinating demo that shows how rainwater behaves when it falls on actual samples of fields that employ different management practices. 

They demonstrated that conventional till practices result in almost 100% runoff, while no-till and no-till with cover crops result in a much healthier soak-through, with residual soil benefits.

The kind of natural prairie that Ken and Terry have on their conservation easement behaves like the non-managed pasture. Nice clear water soaks through and helps improve the structure of the soil; little to no run-off occurs.

Land Protection Manager Nick Bancks is working with several blufflands landowners to complete permanent easements in the near future. Funding is available for additional qualified landowners, and in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, funds are also available for restoration work.

We'd love to conserve more prairie! You can call us at 651-647-9590 or email mnland@mnland.org for more information.