Lincoln County leads state in walk-in access

IVANHOE?- The Lincoln County Board learned its county is No. 1 in walk-in access acres in the state.

Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Pauline VanOverbeke delivered the SWDC annual report at the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday.

The Walk-in Access Program opens private land already in existing conservation programs or with high quality wildlife cover to hunting in season. Only foot traffic is allowed and no other activities than hunting.

In other business, Environmental Director Robert Olsen requested and was granted board approval to bring back a proposal to hire someone for three months in the summer to man the county recycling and rural garbage disposal site to conduct surveys, interviews and education. County funding would be a maximum of $5,000, with matching funds from Waste Management.

At the request of Nancy Vierstraete, self-sufficiency case manager for Western Community Action, the board voted to approve a resolution authorizing WCA to administer funds available through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program in the county.

Western Community Action offers assistance to families in getting into housing, or staying in housing they might otherwise be evicted from in a five-county area that includes Lincoln and Lyon counties.