Indigenous Perspectives on Land Management

Oak savanna is one example of an ecosystem that has co-evolved with humans in several different locations in North America. In this transitional zone between forest and prairie, people used fire to maintain open areas as a way to attract large game animals such as bison and elk.

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The Changing Landscape of Nature-Based Education in Minnesota

Spending time outdoors promotes creativity and problem solving, improves academic performance, reduces attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms, encourages physical activity, reduces stress, and improves social relations and self-discipline.

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Exploring land-based living: Habitat restoration, hobby farms, and more

On August 1, Brittany Wiitala and Matt Hardy will share their farming stories during a special workshop hosted by the Lower St. Croix Watershed Partnership: You’ve got Land: Exploring farming and land management options for 10-40 acres.

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A World Without Us or Solarpunk?

Is there a different pathway to the future in which we humans get to stay on earth but find new and better ways to live in harmony with nature?

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Minnesotans asked to share ideas for climate resiliency

The state has set up a website to provide information and collect ideas from the public related to: 1) Investing in clean transportation; 2) Protecting our natural and working lands; 3) Creating stronger, resilient communities; 4) Moving to clean energy and efficient buildings; and 5) Promoting health, equity, and a strong economy: http://www.climate.state.mn.us/ideas-lead-bold-action.

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Sustainable Stillwater recognized as Washington County’s 2021 Community Conservationist

Sustainable Stillwater’s Natural Resources team has helped to recruit 45 raingarden adopters and 218 storm drain adopters. They have also engaged volunteers to stencil storm drains, weed and clean-out a native shoreline buffer at Lily Lake, and install cigarette disposal canisters in downtown Stillwater.

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Rich Fen, Poor Bog

Bogs are acidic and nutrient-poor for plant growth. Fens are rich in nutrients and are alkaline. The Tamarack Nature Preserve is unique because it has characteristics of both.

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Art in the Pines

This spring, a photographer from Lake Elmo named Sarah Lilja is calling the St. Croix Watershed Research Station’s Pine Needles cabin home.  

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