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Otter Tail County Commissioners approve 11 land easements

About 696 acres in Otter Tail County were approved for land easements with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A map of one of the Maplewood-area wetland easements approved by the Otter Tail County Board at a meeting on Tuesday, May 10.
A map of one of the Maplewood-area wetland easements approved by the Otter Tail County Board at a meeting on Tuesday, May 10.
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PERHAM — Otter Tail County Commissioners have approved the certification of 11 easements, totaling 696 estimated acres, for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The acquisitions will be funded through the Duck Stamp Act.

During the monthly commissioners meeting on Tuesday, May 10, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representative Blair Mace reviewed each parcel easement with commissioners, which included habitat and wetland easements.

It was noted that the landowners retain primary responsibility for weed control, recreational use, access and property tax payments. The benefit for the landowners includes using land to protect the environment and waterfowl, in some cases. There is also a financial gain for landowners signing the easement.

Mace explained all existing easements will be honored, including roads, power lines and so forth. When it comes to cartways, he said those tend to be recognized, as well, as they are usually identified when the land survey is conducted.

The habitat easements will allow for haying after July 15 of each year.

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Many still needed to be surveyed, but were reported as:

  • 67 acres in Sections 8 and 17 of Amor Township, of which 33 acres are tillable. The parcel is owned by Leigh and Shana Barry.
  • 14 acres in Section 10 of Aurdal Township that is owned by the Clambey Family Trust of Fergus Falls.
  • 240 acres in Section 10 of Aurdal Township that is owned by the Cambey Family Trust and Truax Trust, both of Fergus Falls.
  • 116 acres in Section 3 of Sverdrup Township owned by Melanie Cole of Fergus Falls.
  • 55 acres, to be determined by survey, in Section 14 of Eagle Lake Township that is owned by Kathy Evavold of Battle Lake.
  • 80 acres in Section 29 of Eagle Lake Township that is owned by Shane and Echo Finkleson of Battle Lake.
  • 48 acres in Section 27 of Eagle Lake Township owned by Jordan and Rebecca Lillemon of Battle Lake.
  • 76 acres in Section 15 of Sverdrup Township owned by Daniel and Ann Stenoien of Underwood.

Wetland easements included:

  • Land in Sections 29 and 30 of Maplewood Township and Section 36 of Aurdal Township with 81 wetland acres and 27 wetland basins. The property is owned by Leigh and Shana Barry.
  • Located in land sections 28 and 33 of Aurdal Township and Section 1 of Dane Prairie Township are 42.9 wetland acres and 18 wetland basins owned by the Jacobs Family Trust of Fergus Falls.
  • 54 wetland acres and 13 wetland basins in Section 30 of Maplewood Township owned by Dent resident Richard Konley.

The next step will be for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to present the easements to the land exchange board.
The full report can be found by clicking here . It begins on page 127.

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