DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr flew into the Karlstad Airport on August 30, to hold a forum with the Kittson County Board and members of the Cabin Association. Held at the Lake Bronson State Park Visitor Center, the one-hour meeting covered topics of concern to the county and cabin owners.
Landwehr, accompanied by several representatives of the DNR, opened the meeting, stating he holds these meetings to get out and visit, “to hear issues and fix what I can.”
Starting the discussion was a question on the buffer strip regulation. County Engineer Kelly Bengtson said, “We heard farmers can do alternative practices instead of vegetation strips.”
Landwehr explained the buffer strip regulation had been amended so that it applies to public waters and legal ditches. Private land will not be mapped. “Buffer is perennial vegetation or in cases where a buffer wasn’t necessary to protect water quality, you can use alternative practices.” He said those alternatives have to be approved by the board, and it is still being determined what is eligible.
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