The Board of Soil and Water Resources and the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, in cooperation with numerous other conservation organizations and agencies, are holding a Reinvest in Minnesota Reserve 25th Anniversary event at the Straight River Marsh-East Wetland Restoration Project. The public is cordially invited to attend this event on Sept. 21.
What: RIM 25th Anniversary Celebration
When: Seopt. 21, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Where: The event will start at the Steele County Fairgrounds Community Center, located at 1380 South Elm Ave., Owatonna, MN 55060. Buses will be taking people from the Community Center to the actual event site between 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of RIM Reserve. This event will provide an opportunity for BWSR, MASWCD, and partner organizations to celebrate the accomplishments of the RIM Reserve program and to announce future goals.
RIM has been a critical component of the state's effort to protect and restore wildlife habitat on private lands and protect and improve our state's water quality. Since 1996, the state of Minnesota has appropriated nearly $170 million for conservation easements and BWSR, along with local SWCDs, has acquired more than 6,400 easements totaling more than 230,000 acres of wetlands and grasslands. These acres provide multiple benefits for water quality, wildlife habitat, and flood damage reduction.
Since 1998, RIM Reserve has leveraged an additional $260 million from the USDA through the Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetlands Reserve Program and the Farm Service Agency Conservation Reserve Program.
Highlights: This event will include a program by local, state and national dignitaries. Governor Mark Dayton, (invited) Representatives from conservation partner groups and elected officials, (invited) View conservation agency booths and enjoy the opportunity to network with others. Food and refreshments will be provided. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Steele County Fair Grounds.