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Friends & Neighbors: He's been everywhere

As an avid hunter and fisherman, with a love for the outdoors, Ed Musielewicz is looking forward to settling into his new Detroit Lakes home -- when he finds one.

"We're living in Vergas temporarily, until we find a place here," explained the new district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conserva-tion Service (NRCS).

A husband and father of three, Musielewicz has been with the NRCS since 1988 -- but that doesn't mean he hasn't moved around a lot.

"This will be my sixth field office (assignment)," he said.

In addition to his 18 years of experience with NRCS, Musielewicz has also worked with the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming; the forestry division of the Department of Natural Resources; and the Nature Conservancy.

"I've lived all over," said the Little Falls native, who holds a degree in soil science and forest resources from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Musielewicz began work Oct. 2 as the new district conservationist for the NRCS in Detroit Lakes. His duties include, among other things, working with land conservation, environmental quality incentives, wetlands reserve and wildlife habitat incentives programs.

In the Detroit Lakes office, the NRCS is currently engaged with a flood control project for the Upper Pelican River Watershed that involves restoring Rice Lake, a drained lake located next to Big and Little Floyd lakes in Becker County; and working with local fire departments to set up "dry hydrants," which would allow fire crews to use water from nearby lakes and rivers to fight fires in rural areas.

The Rice Lake restoration project, he added, will ultimately help improve the water quality for Big and Little Detroit lakes.

The "dry hydrant" project has also received funding from the WesMN Resources Conservation and Development Council., he continued.

When he's not working, however, "I like to hunt and fish and be outdoors," Musielewicz added. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Mandy, daughter, Rachel, and sons, Ryan and Elliot.

As for what he would like to accomplish in his tenure at Detroit Lakes, Musielewicz said, "The NRCS and Becker County Soil & Water Conservation District have always worked well together. I want to keep that relationship going, and to increase the number of projects we work on together if we can."

That collaborative effort is made easier by the fact that both agencies are housed in the Becker County Ag Services Center at 809 8th St. SE in Detroit Lakes.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, originally known as the Soil Conservation Service, provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the nation's soil, water, and related natural resources on non-federal lands. Since 1935, it has been helping people to conserve, maintain, or improve their natural resources. Participation in its programs is voluntary.

For more information, feel free to call 218-847-9392.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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