Our staff provides general technical assistance for all types of conservation practices and information and education programs including:

  • Attendance at Lake Association meetings
  • Conservation Day for grade school students
  • Development of educational materials for waterfront property owners
  • Envirothon

Farmland Preservation Program

Farmland Preservation Program is a program to help preserve farmland through local planning and zoning, which provides tax relief to farmers who participate. Farmers qualify for tax relief if they sign a contract, agreeing not to develop their land during the contract period.

Shoreline Habitat Restoration

This is a voluntary program to restore native plants near lake and river-front property. Technical assistance is available to interested landowners and financial assistance in the form of cost-sharing (70%-county / 30%-landowner) is available on a first come, first served basis. Why? Attract a greater diversity of wildlife, screen your view of the lake, reduce the time you spend maintaining your lawn, protect the quality of your lake!

Tree, Shrub, Plant & Seed Sale

The 2023 Tree, Shrub, Plant and Seed Sale is now accepting orders. This program offers trees, shrubs, perennial plants and wildflower seeds for sale to the general public.

You can view and print a copy of the sale brochure here to provide you with order information and plant descriptions. 2023 Annual Tree, Shrub, and Native Plant Sale Brochure (PDF)

Orders can be mailed or dropped off at the Burnett County Government Center (address is listed on the order form). Orders must be paid in full when placed. Cash or checks only... no credit cards accepted. Trees and shrubs are picked up at the end of April; wildflowers are the beginning of June.

You will be notified of the exact date and location for pickup of your order(s) so it is imperative that we have a current mailing address or email address submitted when you place your order.

Our stock is ordered in advance from the nurseries so sales are accepted on a "first come, first served" basis.

Wildlife Damage

The Burnett-St Croix County Wildlife Damage Program serves Burnett and St Croix counties, which provides assistance for the commercial agricultural community. The program provides abatement and financial compensation for wild deer, elk, bear, geese, and turkey damage to commercial seedlings, crops grown on agricultural land, damage to crops that have been harvested for sale or further use but have not been removed from the agricultural land, damage to orchard tree or nursery stock, apiaries and livestock.

Program participants must meet numerous requirements.