conservation notes

As the weather warms, many people are itching to get out into the yard and clean up what winter has left behind.  The snowplow can leave all kinds of interesting artifacts in your yard, including garbage, chunks of turf, rocks, and big piles of dirt.  As you begin sorting through these “gifts” in your yard, [...]

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The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District and the Chisago County Environmental Services and Zoning are partnering with the Recycling Association of Minnesota to offer affordable rain barrels and compost bins to residents of Chisago County.  Rain barrels are a great way to reduce the amount of runoff leaving yards, which helps reduce erosion and [...]

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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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