Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Living Snow Fences

Control blowing and drifting snow

image of living snow fence

Forms and agreements

Program payment structure

For MnDOT snow fence coordinators

Standing Corn Rows Program

Rental Payment and Cost Share Worksheet

MnDOT CRP Landowner Agreement Form

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary conservation program from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Through EQIP, eligible landowners may receive technical and financial assistance (practice payments) for establishing environmental or conservation practices on their land. Sign-up for EQIP takes place at local NRCS offices.

Establishing living snow fences is an eligible practice in EQIP. Supporting practices such as site preparation, weed control and other conservation practices as needed are also eligible for practice payments under EQIP. MnDOT's Living Snow Fence Cost Share Program is eligible to landowners who have a new EQIP contract for establishing living snow fences. Questions? Contact Ginger Kopp, State Staff Forester, NRCS, at 651-602-7909.

Memorandum of Understanding

A Memorandum of Understanding was created between MnDOT, Natural Resource Conservation Service, USDA - Farm Service Agency, and the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts to plant living snow fences along MnDOT highways. The MOU provides a method for living snow fence projects to be delivered in a timely manner with greater satisfaction for all partners involved.

Become a state vendor

Become a state vendor for leaving standing corn rows or growing a living snow fence through the Statewide Integrated Financial Tools system. The SWIFT system provides vendors with self-service functions that include requesting changes to addresses and contact information as well as viewing purchase orders and payments. Vendors can also sign up for direct deposit through the system.