conservation notes

As the trees lose their beautiful fall leaves, they tend to pile up in our yards and streets. Those leaves contain phosphorus, an essential nutrient for plant growth. As the leaves decompose, they release the phosphorus that was bound up in the leaf.  When it rains, the phosphorus is washed down the street, down the […]

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Pollinators are essential to our environment. They provide essential services in nature and are also necessary for healthy, productive agricultural ecosystems for fruit and seed production. Although some plants rely on wind or water to transfer pollen from one flower to the next, pollinators help 75 percent of the world’s wild and cultivated flowering plants […]

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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 […]

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Spring is a wet season, full of snowmelt and spring rain showers. We see puddles and streams running down roads and cutting through fields. This water that travels overland is called runoff. Runoff occurs when the ground is too saturated to allow water to infiltrate into the soil, so the excess water follows the contours […]

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Spring is a busy season in the Soil and Water Conservation Office. After being stuck in the office all winter, the staff is ready to get back out into the field. Spring also brings its share of conservation concerns, including erosion and increased runoff. Soil erosion is often most evident and severe in the spring […]

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Many of us see crops growing in a field just as food for people and animals.  The reality is that these crops would not exist if it wasn’t for the support of the soil in which they grow. A growing number of farmers are becoming more aware of the effects of soil health as it […]

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