FERGUS FALLS -- Otter Tail County commissioners, on Oct. 22, approved a plan for wetlands preservation and easements at seven locations in Otter Tail County. This proposal came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Representing the federal agency during the county board meeting in Fergus Falls were Neil Powers, wetlands district manager, and Blake Knisley, realty specialist for the fish and wildlife service.

Approved by the county board for preservation were two wetlands in Dane Prairie Township (north of Dalton), two wetlands in Aurdal Township (northwest of Underwood), and one wetland in each of the following three townships: Buse (south of Fergus Falls), Eagle Lake (south of Battle Lake) and Tordenskjold (southeast of Underwood).

The easements approved by the five county commissioners will protect wetlands and at the same time allow for haying after the nesting season. Landowners at the seven locations will retain access and will be responsible for weed control.

The easements will protect wetlands from draining, filling, leveling or burning.

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“Wetlands benefit wildlife,” said Powers, “by providing important habitat.”

Many kinds of wildlife benefit from wetlands protection, including waterfowl, other migratory birds, pheasants and deer.