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Jeanette and David Stottrup enrolled 60 acres in the Reinvest in Minnesota Riparian Buffer Easement program to protect water quality on Battle Creek and provide wildlife habitat on their land west of Litchfield. (Submitted photo)

Funds available to protect riparian lands in Minn.

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LITCHFIELD -- Contracts on 60 percent of the land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program in Minnesota will expire in the next five years, and conservationists and hunters are bracing for the inevitable.

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Rising land and crop values will lead some landowners to return many of those 823,000 acres up for renewal to production.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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