Reducing Fire Danger in the Cavalier City Park

Cavalier Chronicle. Wednesday, August 24, 2022  - ...Lighting a fire in that forest poses an obvious hazard for the houses nearby. With that in mind we hired Brady Laxdal with Dakota Land Works to go through sections of the trail and clear out small shrubs, brush, and dead fall with his mulcher. This major overhaul lessens fire hazard and clears out the undesirable beaked hazel, giving the oak and aspen trees a chance to grow. This project will be done over a five year period. Continuing routine maintenance ensures a healthy and thriving forest for park users to enjoy for years to come.

Recreation Trails Program Grant Cycle Opening April 1

Monday, March 14, 2022  - The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is opening the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) grant cycle from April 1 – April 29, 2022. The RTP is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects. This program is administered at the state level through the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department with guidance from the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Council (RTPAC), and federally through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  

North Dakota deer hunters in Unit 2B won't be able to bait for deer next fall, Game and Fish says

BISMARCK. By Brad Dokken March 03, 2022 11:36 AM – As expected, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will implement a baiting ban for deer hunters next fall in Unit 2B along the Red River between Grand Forks and south of Fargo after chronic wasting disease was found in a whitetail buck shot in October during the youth deer season near Climax, Minnesota, on the east side of the river.

USDA Expands Partnerships for Conservation Through Its Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is leveraging its authorities under the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) to bring in new types of partners and ultimately expand opportunities in voluntary conservation for the Nation’s agricultural producers and private landowners. In direct response to feedback from state agencies, Tribes, non-profits and other groups, USDA has updated CREP’s rule regarding matching fund requirements, and invested in additional staff to work directly with partners for streamlined, partner-driven conservation efforts.

Cavalier Resident Starts Land Improvement Business

Grand Forks Herald, Written By: Adam Kurtz | 4:19 pm, May 16, 2021 - Brady Laxdal, a teacher and athletic coach, has begun work with his company Dakota Land Works, LLC, near Cavalier, N.D. Laxdal started the company with his wife Kristen, after having worked with the nonprofit business mentorship group SCORE, in Grand Forks. The company offers a number of improvement services from land clearing, to soil conditioning.

Nurturing the Red River Valley for Years to Come

Cavalier Chronicle | May 12, 2021 - It takes nurturing, conditioning, strategizing, and working hard to shape a strong team of athletes. Through the years, Brady Laxdal has coached and nurtured many teams to victory, and he has the endgame in mind: teaching athletes to thrive in life beyond the game.

This spring, Brady pivoted into a new business venture, launching Dakota Land Works, LLC, a land maintenance business located near Cavalier, ND. Featuring an impressive line-up of equipment, including a Caterpillar 299D3XE compact track loader with a drum mulching attachment, skeleton grapple, super duty brush mower, soil conditioner, tree puller, and stump grinder, Dakota Land Works can handle any opponent found in nature.

USDA Expands and Renews Conservation Reserve Program in Effort to Boost Enrollment and Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2021 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA will open enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with higher payment rates, new incentives, and a more targeted focus on the program’s role in climate change mitigation. Additionally, USDA is announcing investments in partnerships to increase climate-smart agriculture, including $330 million in 85 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects and $25 million for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement today at the White House National Climate Task Force meeting to demonstrate USDA’s commitment to putting American agriculture and forestry at the center of climate-smart solutions to address climate change.

USDA Offers New Forest Management Incentive for Conservation Reserve Program

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making available $12 million for use in making payments to forest landowners with land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in exchange for their implementing healthy forest management practices. Existing CRP participants can now sign up for the Forest Management Incentive (FMI), which provides financial incentives to landowners with land in CRP to encourage proper tree thinning and other practices.