Mission: Providing a regional framework to empower people to balance environmental and economic needs through leadership, collaboration, communication, and project development
Serving the Minnesota counties of: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona. The service area extends throughout all southern Minnesota for priority projects of common objectives.
News and Events:
SARE Grant through MN Department of Agriculture Approved to demonstrate effectiveness and economics of service grazing goats in winter.
AgStar Grant approved to develop a template business plan for service grazing enterprise to control invasive plants and provide meat products.
ENTRF funds approved through LCCMR for Grazing to Control Terrestrial Invasive Plants project.
Recent Projects Undertaken:
- Business Plan for "Service Grazing" to control invasives
- Winter grazing demonstration, economics and effectiveness on invasives/undesirables
- Invasive Species Control
- Erosion control and water quality information and education
- Renewable energy projects
- Tours and Demonstrations for erosion control and water quality improvement
- Watershed Planning
- Storm water management
- Value Added and Local Foods
- Alternative crop production
Key Documents of Hiawatha Valley RC&D:
- DRAFT 2015 ANNUAL REPORT click here
- DRAFT 2016 PLAN OF WORK click here
- STRATEGIC PLAN SUMMARY click here
- ARTICLES OF INC. & BYLAWS click here
- IRS DETERMINATION LETTER click here
- POLICIES OF HIAWATHA VALLEY RC&D
- BOARD ATTENDANCE click here
- CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND GIFT click here
- FINANCIAL click here
- NONDISCRIMINATION click here
- RECORDS RETENTION click here
- REQESTS FOR ASSISTANCE click here
- WHISTLEBLOWER click here
Hiawatha Valley is working to control invasive species through the use of grazing animals. This project is funded by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesoa Resources (LCCMR).
This project recognizes that our desired control invasive plants will require our constant attention. We also believe that grazing will be only one tool used in addressing the problem. In some cases, grazing alone can be effective in control. In other cases grazing can improve the effectiveness of other treatments.
At the sites for this project we have worked with the landowners and contract grazer to develop a grazing management plan focussed on impacting the invasive species of buckthorn and white sweetclover. In addtion we are utilizing mechanical and chemical treatments to further set back the invasive plants.
We are grateful to the LCCMR for funding, as well as to River Bend Nature Center and Aqua Eden for providing the sites, and our grazer, Goat Dispatch.
Board of Directors
Leonard Leutink, Jr.
No current members
No current members
George Poch (President)
Mark Ihlenfeld (Officer Alternate)
Bruce Kubicek (Vice President)
No members at this time
Arlene Nelson, Alternate