conservation notes

Ice fishing on local lakes is one of Minnesota’s favorite winter pastimes. It can be a beautiful scene out on a frozen, snowy lake. It can also be a dirty mess. It’s not difficult to find piles of garbage left next to an abandoned fishing hole.  While this garbage is ugly and unsightly during the [...]

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Construction is wrapping up at the Chisago County courthouse in Center City.  The past month has seen major changes at the front main entrance of the courthouse.  Gone are the large raised planters.  In their place, innovative water quality Best Management Practices (BMPs) have been installed. This project was a partnership between the County, the [...]

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As publicity about various invasive species, both aquatic and terrestrial, grows, it is important to understand exactly what an invasive species is.  There is a plethora of words used in the media to describe problematic plants and animals, including invasive, exotic, non-native, noxious, alien, and weed. These words are often used interchangeably as if they [...]

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Next time you’re out cutting the grass, pay attention to where the grass clippings are going.  It’s true that grass clippings are a natural fertilizer when left on the lawn.  In fact, returning clippings to the lawn surface for one full summer is equivalent to one application of store-bought fertilizer. However, the same clippings can [...]

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As farmers finish up spring planting and reflect back on the hectic last few months, there are a few things that can be reviewed.  First, how did my fields fare in some of the heavy rainfall events that occurred?  Second, where are there problem areas and what can be done to correct them? This year [...]

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“Minnesota Soils” was the theme for this years poster and essay contest.  The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) annual poster contest was a huge success this year with approximately 200 6th-grade students from the North Branch Middle School participating. Each year a theme is chosen and presented to area schools.  This year the theme [...]

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