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 and erosion matting are 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, 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)  Landowners currently enrolled in the Farmland Preservation Program are eligible to claim Farmland Preservation Tax Credits, provided they are in compliance with County and State soil and water conservation standards (NR151 and ATCP50, Wis. Admin. Codes).

Buffalo County Farmland Preservation Plan
Buffalo County Farmland Preservation Program Brochure
 Wisconsin's Runoff Rules:  What Farmers Need to Know
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" application and submit it along with required attachments (aerial photo map, operations and maintenance plan, and photos) to the LCRM Department.  Landowners must be willing to sign an agreement that: 1) allows public access of the bluff prairie upon request of the LCRM Department; 2) requires maintenance of the site for 10 consecutive years; 3) provide in-kind contributions to the project, which could be direct payment or donated materials/labor.
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.  Interested landowners should coordinate with their local Rod & Gun or Conservation Club to develop a project proposal and record an easement on the stream reach and complete and sign a "CAPX2020 Buffalo County Trout Stream Restoration Request" application and submit it along with required attachments (copy of easement agreement, aerial photo map, and photos) to the LCRM Department.

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.