Sauk River Watershed Easement Program: 

The Stearns County SWCD, the Sauk River Watershed District, and the Minnesota Land Trust are looking for willing landowners to participate in the Sauk River Watershed Easement Program. This is a Habitat Protection and Restoration Program to permanently protect high-quality habitat throughout the Sauk River Watershed. The Sauk River is a crucial corridor that supports a wide variety of wildlife, supplies numerous fishing and hunting opportunities, and is an important source of drinking water. The River is also a state-designated water trail providing outdoor recreational opportunities for the region. 

Anyone with property in the Sauk River Watershed is eligible to apply. Land protected by a conservation easement remains in a landowner's private ownership, with the landowner retaining the right to use and manage the land in line with the terms of the easement. Properties are scored and ranked based on size, habitat quality, proximity to the Sauk River or a tributary, and proximity to permanently protected land.  

Find out if you live in the Sauk River Watershed District: 

The Sauk River is part of the Sauk River Watershed District. Anyone with property in the Stearns County in the Sauk River Watershed is eligible to apply for a Sauk River Watershed Easement Program. 

Download the Sauk River Watershed Easement Application:

County GIS Links: 

Minnesota Land Trust Easement Information: 

Staff: 

Our staff are available to assist you with technical information, design, and implementation of your project. If you are interested in a Sauk River Watershed Easement, please contact: 

Jason Selvog 
Wildlife Habitat Specialist
Stearns County SWCD
Phone:  320-251-7800 x 3
Email: jason.selvog@mn.nacdnet.net

Ryan Rothstein
Wildlife Habitat Specialist

Stearns County SWCD
Phone:  320-251-7800 x 3
Email: ryan.rothstein@mn.nacdnet.net

Partners: 

The Nature Conservancy

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