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This data layer indicates the location of conservation easements that were created through the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) program. It was developed by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. RIM creates conservation easements that establish riparian buffers or permanently restore wetlands and/or land adjacent to wetlands. It is funded by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and implemented by Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The program seeks to improve water quality and wildlife habitat throughout the state by protecting economically marginal, flood-prone, and environmentally sensitive areas and enhancing their ecological value. Wetlands and riparian buffers can serve to improve water quality and decrease erosion by reducing the overland flow of water and the pollutants and sediment it can transport.