In 2015, Governor Dayton passed the Buffer Law designating an estimated 110,000 acres of land for water quality buffer strips statewide. Conservation buffers are strips of permanent vegetation adjacent to a body of water such as lakes or streams. Buffers are called by many names, including wildlife corridors, greenways, windbreaks, and filter strips. Benefits that conservation buffers provide are protecting soil resources by filtering out phosphorous, nitrogen and sediment, thereby improving air and water quality, enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, and beautifying the landscape. Please click on the buffer guideline to help guide the planning and design of your buffer. For more information on the Buffer Law, go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/buffers/index.html then click on the Buffer map link.