Funding Available

SWCD Funding

Brochure - Crow Wing & Aiktin Easements and Forestry

Current SWCD Grants Available in 2019

Call Crow Wing SWCD at 218-828-6197

1.  Forest Stewardship Plans: Manage your woods of 20 acres or more, funding available, plus incentives. see below for more information or Call Clayton at Crow Wing SWCD at 218-828-6197.  For 19 acres or less, please see Fee Schedule or call.

2. Environmental Grants: 50% to 75% Cost Sharing for environmental projects: FCFS, limited funding available for Shoreline Restorations, Rain Gardens, Erosion Control. Project does not have to be on a lake or river. Call Crow Wing SWCD at 218-828-6197 or fill out site visit request online.

3.  RIM Conservation Easements:
      Protect Your Land for Future Generations
Help permanently protect declining wild rice feeding habitat, quality drinking water and other ecologically important riparian lands.

$$ Funds available for parcels located along; DNR designated Shallow Wild Rice Lakes, The Pine River and The Mississippi River.

       Preferred Easement Criteria              

  • Minimum of 300ft of shoreline
  • Minimum of 300ft of Depth from shoreline
  • Minimum of 20 acres
  • Threatened by development
  • Adjoining public land
  • Unique habitat value
  • Land with Inlet or outlet of lake
  • Currently underdeveloped lake

Call Crow Wing SWCD at 218-828-6197

Forest Stewardship Plans - click here

Manage your woods of 20 acres or more, plus incentives.


  • 20 acre minimum
  • No maximum acreage enrolled
  • Public access required if >1920 acres enrolled
  • Exclude 3 acre minimum for building
  • 8 year minimum enrollment; 4 years to end agreement
  • Pay usual property tax, class rate varies from 0.50% to 1.25% depending on class and property's value.  Get $7.00/acre/year minimum incentive payment (8.61 actual payment in 2008)
  • Property tax qualifies for itemized deduction on federal income tax return, but SFIA payment is taxable income

  • 20 acre minimum
  • 1920 acre maximum enrolled
  • Public access not required
  • Exclude 3 acre minimum for building
  • 1 year minimum enrollment
  • Pay 0.65% Property Tax Class Rate
  • Property tax qualifies for itemized deduction on federal income tax return

For more information on tax relief option for woodland owners, please contact Clayton Lenk at the Crow Wing SWCD at 218-828-6197.










Clean Water Stories

Activity and Project Description, Maps and Pictures-2013 Crow Wing County, Minnesota
2012-13 Community Partners Grant:  Clean Water, Land, and Legacy

1.  Rain Barrel Project:  Northland Arboretum sold 250 rain barrels at $25. plus tax, before workshops were scheduled, so each person that purchased a rain barrel, received one-on-one training.

2.  Renew Our Shoreline: Grantee installed 2 shoreline restoration projects on Mitchell  and Kego Lakes in 2012, and 1 project on West Fox Lake in 2013.

3.  Water Retention-Erosion Prevention Water Gardens:  1 shoreline restoration installed on Cross Lake, and 8 Rain gardens at Legionville Camp on North Long Lake.

4.  Wild Ones Dog Park: A new dog park has been constructed in Brainerd, near the Mississippi River and Boom Lake.  The Wild Ones organization has been interested in doing community projects that educate the public about the water-quality benefits of landscaping with native plants.

2012-2013 Cost Share Grant: 3 properties, 1 210'x15' Shoreline Buffer, 1 Shoreline Restoration, 2 Raingardens, 1 Stormwater, 1 Culvert Replacement.

Collectively:  0.58 tons of runoff, 0.619 tons of sediment and 2.92 lbs of Phosphorus prevented from entering Ossawinnamakee Lake.

Activity and Project Description, Maps and Pictures-2012
The following is a summary of grant activity for Project Recharge!, a Clean Water Fund-funded project. Click here to download this summary as a PDF.

The SWCD initiated Project Recharge to create and apply a protection strategy to address declining water quality trend reported in a 2008 large lakes analysis.

The report contained watershed and trend analysis for lakes over 1,000 acres in size and led to targeting of lands located within lakesheds containing the highest ratio of impervious to pervious surfaces. These included the Cities of Breezy Point, Crosslake, and Fifty Lakes. The SWCD prioritized work for Serpent and Rush lakes due to their declining transparency trend analysis.

The SWCD worked with partners to find and approach landowners and businesses to complete the following types of projects that all used native plant species:

  • Swap Rock for Native Stock: Implement bioengineering to stabilize shoreline. All projects are approximately 750 square feet.
  • Buff up Your Shoreline: Restore native vegetative buffers to shoreline. All projects are approximately 750 square feet.
  • Rain, Rain, Soak Away: Install residential raingardens sized to infiltrate a 1” rain event.
  • 4 Demonstration Sites: Created bio-retention basins and infiltration swales.

The SWCD has partnered with the City of Fifty Lakes, Crosslake Parks and Recreation, 7 different landowners, the Bait Box, Peaceful Harbor, a 24-member Association, Immanuel Lutheran Church, and Breezy Point Resort to intercept, infiltrate, and treat stormwater runoff.

Collectively, over two tons of sediment, 16 pounds of phosphorus, and six million gallons of annual runoff is prevented from entering Pelican, Serpent, Crosslake, Rush, East and West Fox Lakes.

The SWCD used media resources to create more awareness about the Clean Water Legacy Funds and the importance of stormwater management. Public TV interviewed the SWCD five times, and had three radio interviews. In addition, over 20 press releases were printed in local newspapers.

img4Community Partners Stormwater Reduction Mini-Grants
You should apply for this grant if you want to work with your neighbors or collaborate with a local organization to filter rainwater on the landscape and improve water quality! Up to 75% of project expenses for projects up to $25,000 can be reimbursed to grantees.

Project Recharge! Restoring the Natural Hydrology to Urban Lakesheds
Crow Wing SWCD has done cost-share with landowners within Crosslake, Breezy Point, Fifty Lakes, and Crosby communities on shoreline buffers, shoreline stabilization projects, raingardens, and no-mow zones.

img3For more information about these conservation practices, download and read the Crow Wing County "Landowner's Guide to Lake Stewardship." Copies are available in the Crow Wing SWCD office at no cost.

Crow Wing SWCD, 322 Laurel Street Suite 22, Brainerd, MN 56401.

The Landowner Agreement outlines the project requirements including estimated project area, cash match, in-kind labor contribution, estimated maximum project cost, maintenance requirements and deed restriction.

legacy-logo1Project Funding
Catch, Clean, Circulate, and Community Partnership / Centered projects are funded through the Board of Water and Soil Resources from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, Clean Water Fund.