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ND Rural Living Handbook

Now Available

Living in the countryside is an aspiration of many people that is motivated by the beautiful North Dakota landscape, yet many are unaware of all the topics that need to be considered before moving to the country. The North Dakota Rural Living Handbook was designed to introduce current and prospective landowners to various available resources for managing rural property. Many new residents to rural living are accustomed to services normally provided by urban governments and are often shocked by the work required to keep up rural property. The handbook is a 28 page, full-color document that contains information on a wide range of topics, such as soil health, rural utilities, zoning, water quality, mosquito control, landscaping, outdoor recreation, and much, much more! The handbook also contains a grid-lined worksheet for citizens to plan how they want to develop their property.

This publication was a joint effort of many organizations. The Grand Forks Soil Conservation District and Cass County Soil Conservation District initiated the project in 2006. Over twenty five people contributed to assisting to compile and produce the publication and are listed on the back cover of the handbook. Technical edits for each chapter were completed by specialists from NDSU Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The text was edited by Arlene Deutscher, NRCS Public Affairs Specialist, and the layout and graphic arts were completed by Becky Koch and Deb Tanner at NDSU.

The funds provided for the printing of the North Dakota Rural Living Handbook were made possible by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund (NDIRF), Lake Agassiz Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council, and the Red River Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the North Dakota Rural Living Handbook, please contact your local NRCS office, NDSU Extension office, or RC&D Council office throughout North Dakota. The handbook can also be found on the Grand Forks County Soil Conservation District website at (Rural Living Handbook link). 

  All programs and services of the RC&D Councils are offered on a non-discriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or family status, disability or political beliefs.  
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