Forest Managment: Mississippi Water Protection

Mississippi River Water Protection

To assist in the installation of best forest management practices to establish or improve long term forestry practices to improve or protect water quality or control soil erosion.  Also, to provide technical advice and long range woodland management planning to interested landowners. All aspects of the program are voluntary. Plans are designed to meet landowner goals while maintaining the sustainability of the land.

CLICK ON MAP TO SEE IF YOUR PROPERTY IS IN THE GRANT AREA, then click on Forest Management for Drinking Water, or Mississippi Headwaters Board MHB

Project purpose:

  • Provide forest stewardship management planning assistance for clean water protection.
  • SWCD will cover cost of plan ($200 + $6.50 acre)
  • Landowner pays to register with DNR ($50)

Landowner benefits:

  • Financial assistance for forestry projects (50% of cost)


Sample Eligible Projects

Tree/shrub plantingStream bank and shoreline improvements
Invasive species controlFilter strip
Improvement to your woodsStream habitat improvement
Erosion controlConservation cover
Wildlife habitatForest trails and landings

Who May Apply: Private landowners including corporations whose stocks are not publicly traded

Why Apply: Upon registration of your stewardship plan, you will be eligible for:

  1. Professional forest management assistance from a forester who can, through a forest stewardship plan and recommended forest management activities, help you meet your forest management goals.
  2. For the state's cost share program to help defer the costs of implementation of forest management activities,
  3. To receive periodic forest management information mailings from the MN DNR.

Application-Click Here


How are you connected to the Mississippi River?


Clayton Lenk
District Forestry Technician
Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District