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Shoreland workshop aims to empower citizen-driven conservation

The Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), in partnership with the Crow Wing County SWCD, received a federal grant from the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership (MGLP) to educate shoreline landowners about how to manage their land in order to protect their lakes.

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Lake property owners are invited to a shoreland conservation workshop at 1 p.m. on Friday Aug. 19 at Mantrap Lake Campground and Day Use Area.

The Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), in partnership with the Crow Wing County SWCD, received a federal grant from the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership (MGLP) to educate shoreline landowners about how to manage their land in order to protect their lakes.

MGLP is an organization that is focused on conservation of inland lakes across much of the Great Lakes area, spreading from Michigan to the eastern Dakotas.

Jake Shaughnessy, a Hubbard SWCD water quality resource technician, said, “The grant we received from them is to promote shoreline stewardship for fish habitat and water quality along the Mantrap chain of lakes in Hubbard County and the Gull and Whitefish chains in Crow Wing County. We have attended several lake associations’ annual meetings and have conducted over 40 site visits along the Mantrap Chain since June.”

The lakes targeted in Hubbard County are Upper and Lower Bottle lakes, Big and Little Sand lakes, Lake Emma, Spider Lake, Lake Belle Taine, Shallow Lake and Deer Lake.

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The Aug. 19 workshop is open to all lake owners, even if they do not reside on the Mantrap chain.

Shaughnessy said the goal of the workshop is to promote shoreline stewardship and water-quality-friendly living to maintain healthy lakes and fish habitat.

The event involves a handful of speakers, along with flyers and materials about best practices for managing shorelines.

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Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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