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RIM Reserve Fact Sheet

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The Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Program, one of the first such programs of its kind in the country, began in 1986 and is administered by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. It protects and improves water quality, reduces soil erosion, and enhances fish and wildlife habitat on privately owned lands by retiring environmentally sensitive lands from agricultural production. Conservation practices are established by planting native vegetation, and restoring wetlands. Other benefits include flood control and groundwater recharge.

How it works:

Landowners receive a payment to voluntarily enroll land in a conservation easement. A variety of land types are eligible, including wetland restoration areas, riparian agricultural lands, marginal cropland, pastured hillsides, and sensitive groundwater areas. After land is enrolled, it is managed under a conservation plan, which generally includes items like wetland restoration (for areas with drained wetlands), native grass plantings, and tree plantings.

Payment rates are set by the Board. Participating landowners also receive grants to help share the cost of establishing appropriate conservation or wildlife habitat practices on easement lands. Landowners may need to pay a portion of conservation practice establishment cost.

RIM Reserve has been used in partnership with federal programs. The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) combined RIM Reserve with the federal Conservation Reserve Program. And RIM-WRP is a partnership that combines RIM Reserve with the federal Wetlands Reserve Program. Permanent Wetland Preserves (PWP) enrolls existing at-risk wetlands.

BWSR receives state funds for RIM Reserve primarily through bonding. The RIM Reserve program provides direct payments to landowners for conservation easement acquisition. Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) implement the program locally, and they receive funding through grants from BWSR for administrative and technical support.

Who is involved:

RIM Reserve has formed the basis for local partnerships among Soil and Water Conservation Districts, environmental groups, conservation groups, and state and federal agencies. Minnesota’s SWCDs implement the program locally, using knowledge of local resources to manage each easement to get the most environmental benefit. RIM Reserve is supported by a broad coalition of conservation, environmental, and farming groups.

For more information:

Call your local SWCD or USDA Service Center.

Photo that shows land before wetland restoration

Photo that shows land after wetland restoration

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

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