Caring for our Natural Resources

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Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,”

is really the land of nearly 20,000 lakes, ponds, and marshes of five acres or more. Forests cover one-third of our state. End to end, our rivers could reach around the world. Our cropland would cover all of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont. Fresh air, rich soil, lots of rain most years, good climate, crops, livestock—our state has them all.

Minnesota’s agricultural industries depend on these natural resources. We depend on agriculture. That’s why our farmers and others must act as stewards of the land, protecting these important resources.

When we prevent water pollution, we help keep water safe for cooking, swimming, drinking, and aquatic life.
When we protect our soil, it can grow good food, fiber, and fuel (energy) for the future.
When we clean up our air, we make life healthier for people, plants, and animals.

Nearly three-fourths of the land in Minnesota is owned by farmers and other private landowners. Why is it important that all landowners and users be good stewards of the land?

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