To the editor:
Thank you for running the article, Hunting Walk-In Program and CRO that appeared on Aug. 24. I appreciate that your newspaper is raising awareness about innovative programs that support both hunters and farmers.
Another program that benefits both hunters and farmers and that has been a long-supported voluntary program is the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). This program assists farmers in temporarily holding fragile lands out of production "in reserve," while providing critical habitat for wildlife.
CRP helps to protect our hunting heritage, and makes conserving and restoring vital wildlife habitat a financially feasible option for many farmers and ranchers. Additionally,
CRP doesn't just provide economic benefits to farmers, but also to countless local communities and small businesses that depend on sportsmen for revenue. According to studies conducted by the group Hunting Works for MN,
Minnesota's 600,000 hunters generate economic ripple effect of $1.47 billion annually. And that is something that benefits all Minnesotans.
Minnesota Ducks Unlimited State Chairman