The WWD offers field shelterbelts and custom plantings (min. 1/4 mile) with plastic mulch included in all plantings. Field shelterbelts include optional maintenance package (mowing between rows) and complimentary wildlife row. With the new GROW program, the establishment cost of field shelterbelts will now be covered 100% by the district, if approved. Landowners are responsible for the cost of trees necessary for the field shelterbelt. Maintenance cost is $200/mile/pass, with the option of one or two years. The district will also cover 50% of the maintenance package as part of the new program. Custom plantings do not include maintenance or replants. Cost includes a $1,000 travel charge, and a planting charge of $1,000/mile (min. $250). Landowner responsible for the cost of the trees necessary for the shelterbelt.Custom Planting Field Planting Tree Application
Cover Crop Program
This program is designed to encourage and assist producers to implement a cover crop as part of their crop rotation for their fields. The program will help fund 50% of the seed cost of the cover crop up to a maximum of $65/acre. Producers are required to sign a one year agreement to ensure that the crop has a minimum 60 day growing period, is multi-species, to not disturb the living roots of the crop and leave the crop for winter kill until it can be worked into the soil the following spring. Approved applicants are allowed to graze, hay, or cut the cover crop, but cannot disturb the roots. Producers can apply every 3 years on the same field.Cover Crop Application
Pasture Management Program
This program was created to help producers with the establishment costs of reducing the pressure of livestock on waterways and promote better pasture management. Approved projects must demonstrate watershed benefits to the surrounding riparian areas. There are funds to help with Alternative Watering Systems, Well Development, Riparian Fencing, and Livestock Crossings.Pasture Management Application
To stabilize natural water courses on steep slopes and prevent soil erosion on adjacent lands. Board covers 75% of construction costs and the landowner contributes 25%.Grassed Runway Application
Seeding erodable land into forage and pasture. Landowner is eligible every third year for a maximum of 50 acres. Application must be made between September 15 and June 15 each year. Once application is approved, a purchase order is sent to the landowner and certified seed can then be purchased from a company of their choice. Invoice must be submitted for payment by June 15. The District will provide assistance of 50% of eligible seed costs up to a maximum of $65/acre.Forage Application Forage Purchase Order
Abandoned Well Sealing
The WWD provides the materials required for the disinfecting and proper sealing of the well(s) and arranges the rental and contracting of any equipment necessary for excavation. Cost to the landowner is $150 for sealing a well costing $600 or less, and for a well costing more than $600, the WWD will pay the first $450 and the landowner shall be responsible for all additional costs.Abandoned Well Capping
Repairs to eroded areas where water has created damage to a waterway or adjacent field. Board covers 75% of construction costs and landowner contributes 25%.Gully Stabilization
Pasture Pipeline Plow
The WWD offers to partner with producers in establishing off-site watering via buried pipeline in pastures. Program includes use of equipment and technical support at a cost of $100/day.Pasture Pipeline Plow
The WWD will assist landowners in the construction of small water retention projects. The purpose of the program is to encourage water conservation. The Board will consider projects with multiple benefits as opposed to dams with a single purpose such as watering for livestock.Water Storage Application
WWD ring dykes are for yardsites only, agricultural land is not included in this program. The maximum project cost of $3,000 to be cost-shared 75% sub-district and 25% landowner. All project costs above $3,000 are to be covered by the landowner. Ring dykes are to be adjacent to, or directly affected by District drains. The landowner is responsible for maintaining and repairing the ring dyke as needed.Ring Dyke
GROW Natural Habitat Program
This program is designed to keep natural areas intact that are at risk of being converted to cropland. This includes the Temporary Wetland incentive program for wetlands located on annual cropland and the incentive program to keep permanent cover on the landscape like woody vegetation. Also this program includes restoring natural features like native grasslands and wetlands. Call the office for more information.
The WWD enters into an agreement with the municipality to post undeveloped road allowances for wildlife habitat. Signs marking the corridor are placed at each end. Landowners can apply to the municipality to use the road allowance for pasture, etc.
Conservation Corridor Planting
In partnership with local municipalities, the District enhances or undertakes plantings to provide buffer strips and increase habitat.
A variety of programs are offered to promote conservation awareness and education to youth in the District. Examples include tours, in-school presentations, public and school library magazine subscriptions, and tree planting initiatives.
The District will assist landowners in setting aside suitable wildlife habitat areas and provide signage. The WWD will also assist in establishing and enhancing wildlife areas via tree planting and demonstrations. The landowner agrees to notify the District if land use changes.Wildlands Preservation Agreement