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Morris Wetland Management district seeking participants in grazing project

MORRIS -- The Morris Wetland Management District is seeking grazers for a two year grazing project on 180 acres at the Kolstad Lake Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in central Pope County.

Kolstad Lake WPA is located in section six of Rolling Forks Township on the west side of County Road 13 about three miles south of Glacial Lake State Park.

Sixty cow/calf pairs are needed for 70 days of grazing each in 2013 and 2014. Grazing is permitted between May 1 and July 31 each year. Approximately 4,355 feet of temporary electric fence will need to be installed by the permittee. Temporary fence can be left up between years, but must be removed at the end of the permit use period.

The grazing permit will be awarded based on the number of acres of private pasture that will be rested and the wildlife benefit those rested acres will provide. This arrangement is called grass banking. Criteria that counts as wildlife benefit includes: current enrollment in an NRCS managed grazing program, pasture land in FWS or DNR easements, percent remnant prairie, proximity of pasture to other conservation lands, and pasture condition. The permittee must agree to allow inspection of grass banking pasture for compliance.

Applications consisting of official FSA maps with acreages must be brought in to the Morris Wetland Management District office at 43875 230th Street, Morris, by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26. Permit will be awarded by May 1. For more information contact the Morris WMD at 320-589-4970.