County commissioners, on Feb. 6, announced the approval of two wetland easements and two habitat easements. This applies to property in Friberg and Dead Lake Townships.

The request came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Specialist Blair Mace of the USFWS made the request to county board members on Jan. 28.

Documentation was previously submitted regarding the request. A motion by Commissioner John Lindquist of Dalton and seconded by Commissioner Betty Murphy of Maine Township was unanimously approved.

Conservation easements preserve land for future generations by restricting subdivisions and preserving agricultural lands, forest lands and water quality.

Commissioners give ok to watershed plan

County board members, on Jan. 28, recommended to the Pomme de Terre River Association Joint Powers Board that the Pomme de Terre River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan be submitted to the Board of Water and Soil Resources for approval. 

The plan encompasses the priorities of Otter Tail County within the Pomme de Terre Watershed. The county is committed to following through with the goals and objectives that are listed within the plan.

This watershed includes the Dalton area south central Otter Tail County and sections of Grant, Douglas, Big Stone, Stevens and Swift counties.