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Land Conservation Program

Land Conservation Program
Preserving a legacy

​The Dakota County Board of Commissioners has provided landowners with another opportunity to protect land and water by authorizing an 11th annual Farmland and Natural Areas Program application round.

Those interested in applying for the voluntary program need to submit a completed preliminary application to the County by Oct. 31. Eligible property owners will be asked to complete a final application after meeting with program staff.

Funding continues to be made available to preserve and protect open space in Dakota County. The County works with willing landowners to permanently protect private land by acquiring conservation easements or working with other public partners to purchase the land. Through collaboration, grants and landowner donation, the County has leveraged $52 million to protect more than 9,200 acres of land valued at more than $69 million.

For more information or to obtain a pre-application, visit Land Conservation web page. To learn more, call Lisa West at 952-891-7018.