Francy That: 'Worthless' land provides wide range of benefits


November 10, 2023

When I was young, we called them swamps, those low areas on the farms where grass for pasture or hay crops failed to grow. They were often wet and farmers said the soil was “sour” and the land worthless. However, in 1970 we learned the true value of these natural entities with the passing of the Environmental Protection Act and the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to the Carlton County Planning and Zoning guide, Carlton County has retained “over 94 percent of its pre-settlement wetlands and supports their protection.” The eight types of wetlands list...

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