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The GIS Behind Dakota County's Farmland and Natural Areas Program 
The Farmland and Natural Areas Program is a voluntary program in which Dakota County and other partners work with willing landowners to protect agricultural land and natural resources through conservation easements. The overall goal of the program is to protect agricultural areas while improving water quality and wildlife habitats and to protect, connect and manage natural areas.

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Developing a Conservation Project Database using GIS for Internal Recordkeeping with Public Accessibility 
For Soil and Water Conservation Districts, significant effort is made documenting the use of grant funds within state and federal reporting systems. The purpose of this project was to develop an encompassing internal view of the Districtís conservation efforts across Dakota County regardless of funding source or types of practices and track field reviews and landowner communication.

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Updating MLCCS Land Cover in the North Cannon River Watershed 
Dakota SWCD updated MLCCS land cover data originally created in 2001 under the North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization's third generation watershed management plan development during 2012.

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SWCD Conservation Map now available online
The SWCD has partnered with Dakota County Office of GIS staff to develop an online map for SWCD conservation projects installed on the ground of Dakota County landowners. Clicking an individual project on the map opens up an attribute table with a link to a PDF project fact sheet for more information.

Dakota SWCD Completes Wetland and Waterway Inventory and Assessment
The Wetland Inventory Project for the Vermillion and North Cannon River Watershed began in 2005 through a MEP grant from the Met Council and in conjunction with a Wetland and Watercourse Inventory and Assessment Project in the Vermillion River Watershed. The original goals of this project included inventorying existing and historical wetlands, convening a task force to develop watershed-based wetland assessment methods, assessing existing wetlands for functions and values, and drafting model ordinances for cities and townships.

Final Report
Attachment A - WWIA vs Local LGU Wetland Inventory
Attachment B - Project Fact Sheet
Attachment C - VRWJPO Standards
Attachment 3 - Map (LGU: City of Lakeville) 41.1mb Page Size: 24 x 36"
Attachment 4 - Presentation (2007 MN GIS/LIS Conference)
Attachment 5 - Poster: Vermillion Map (2007 MN GIS/LIS Conference) 7.0mb Page Size: 36 x 74"
Attachment 6 - Poster: North Cannon Map 6.5mb Page Size: 36 x 74"

NRCS Makes Soil Survey Available Online
The official Dakota County Soil Survey is now available online from the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Web Soil Survey. This interactive feature provides electronic access to the most current full soil survey report content providing users quick delivery of text, tables, and maps.

Dakota SWCD partners with Minnesota DNR to produce The Natural Resource Guide CD
The Natural Resource Guide is a web application available on CD or from the Minnesota DNR website designed to give local decision makers the information necessary to make informed decisions on their local natural resources.

Dakota SWCD partners with City of Eagan to identify Eagan Core Greenway
The City of Eagan would like to incorporate preservation and stewardship into its decision making process and long term vision for protection, but it is important to first understand property ownership and the resource base.
(PDF: 16 pages, 4,524kb)