conservation notes

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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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 your yard, which helps reduce erosion […]

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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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Last spring, the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Chisago County Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW) partnered with the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) to offer affordable rain barrels and compost bins to residents of Chisago County. The sale was very successful and there has been interest in another sale.  Therefore, the […]

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