The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to welcome a summer apprentice, Matthew Brust. Brust is from Chisago City and recently graduated from Vermilion Community College with an
A.A.S. degree in Natural Resource Technology Forestry and Wildlife. This summer, Brust will be assisting SWCD staff through Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa’s Conservation Apprenticeship Academy program, which helps young adults gain skills in the field of natural resources. Brust will spend a majority of his time outdoors, learning different aspects of the conservation world by assisting on projects throughout Chisago County. The projects range from urban best management practices, such as rain gardens, to agriculture best management practices like vegetative grassways on farm fields. Brust will also be assisting the NRCS staff with projects such as construction and inspections of agriculture best management practices.
District Administrator Craig Mell hopes to expose Brust to many different projects happening throughout the County this summer. Brust will learn many skills, from project development, landowner contact, surveying, designing, working with grant funding, to construction inspection, maintenance, and project close-out tasks. The projects will take Brust to all parts of Chisago County, from the northern portion around Rush City and Rush Lake, to the St. Croix River along the east side, and down to the Chain of Lakes area in the southern portion of the county. Throughout the summer, Brust should gain a basic understanding of what it means to work in the field of conservation.
If you see Brust out and about this summer, feel free to stop and say hi. Those with questions about conservation can contact the Chisago SWCD at 651-674-2333.