Land Conservation and Resource Management Department

The Buffalo County Land Conservation and Resource Management Department provides engineering, technical services, and financial assistance to landowners for soil and water conservation practices.  The department coordinates and supports locally led, county, state, and federal conservation related programs and initiatives throughout the county.
Conservation Practices  Cost-Share funding is available to Buffalo County landowners for soil and water conservation practices, including grade stabilization structures (dams), grassed waterways, diversions, nutrient management planning, and manure storage.  Contact the Land Conservation and Resource Management Department for details.

Seed Mix is available for purchase.         Logging Mix 
       
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)  Provides incentive payments and cost sharing for installing conservation practices along waterways and wetlands.  Farmers can enroll land that has a history of crop or pasture land through either a 15 year agreement or perpetual easement to protect waterways and wetlands.
 
Nutrient Management  Buffalo County staff are available for nutrient management assistance including nutrient management plan writing, soil sampling, spreading calibration, or technical assistance.
 
Planning to Apply Manure?  Check Before You Spread!  Click on the link to check Wisconsin's Online Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast before spreading.  The site provides updated risk assessment for spreading manure.  If your site shows RED, don't spread.
  

590 Nutrient Management Plan Checklist
   
SnapPlus Nutrient Management Planning software

Manure Storage A permit is required for any new construction, reconstruction, enlargement, substantial alteration, or abandoned manure storage facility.

Buffalo County Manure Storage Facility Application 
 
Buffalo County Manure Storage Ordinance

 
Farmland Preservation Program (FPP)  The Farmland Preservation Program offers state income tax credits to landowners who practice conservation farming.  Buffalo County landowners with agricultural land located in the ANR-40 zoning district may be eligible for the $7.50 tax credit provided the land meets the state's agricultural soil and water conservation standards. 

Buffalo County Farmland Preservation Plan 
   
State Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Standards
      
Wisconsin's Runoff Rules:  What Farmers Need to Know

Cash Farm Land Lease Fact Sheet 
  
How to Claim the Farmland Preservation Tax Credit
  
Bluff Prairie Restoration Application  Cost-Share funding is available for restoration of remnant dry bluff prairies on private lands to preserve this valuable ecosystem and provide habitat for many rare plant and animal species. Interested landowners should complete and sign a "CAPX2020 Buffalo County Bluff Prairie Restoration Request". 
   
Trout Stream Restoration Application  Cost-Share funding is available at $5,000 per stream restoration site for the installation of fish habitat structures and stream bank protection projects.  CAPX2020 Buffalo County Trout Stream Restoration Request   A public stream access easement held by Buffalo County is required to be recorded allowing public to access stream banks during trout fishing season only.
 
Information on CAPX2020 Fund Selection Process
    
County Outdoor Recreation Plan  The 2016-2020 County Outdoor Recreation Plan recommends continued preservation, acquisition, development, and improvement of the area's outdoor recreation facilities.   
  
Buffalo County Land and Water Resource Management Plan 
 
Youth Conservation Education  The annual Conservation and Speaking Contest is held every January.  Students compete at the county level in Alma and one winner from each age category is selected to compete at the area competition in Eau Claire.  The winner moves on to the State Competition in March at the Wisconsin Land & Water Conservation Association Annual Conference.  


Conservation Success Stories     Wisconsin is its land, waters, and people.  See how Land Conservation Departments across Wisconsin support landowners through soil and water conservation practices and activities.