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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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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Although it’s the dead of winter and it’s only going to get colder, now is the time to plan and prepare for planting trees next spring. There are a few things you need to ask yourself first to make sure you get the right tree for the right spot. Why am I planting a tree? [...]

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is January 13, 2012.  The deadline to apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is January 27.  Producers interested in CSP or EQIP should submit applications to the North Branch NRCS office by the deadline [...]

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