Listening for the trees

They say that trees can speak to each other in a language we humans are too busy to hear and too self-absorbed to understand. Peter Wohlleben, a German forester who wrote the now famous book, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, has learned that trees in a forest actually live…

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Training the next generation to be “Keepers of the Trees”

The sun shines on a May morning and 23 tiny children gather round, faces up-turned, smiling and eager to begin the day. Kim Lawler, a team leader with Tree Trust, and Joan Nichols, a Master Water Steward in-training, stand before the children with a young white oak that the students will soon plant in a…

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Grants and workshops to help landowners create and improve woodland habitat

In addition to its annual tree sale, the Washington Conservation District offers advice and assistance to landowners hoping to create and improve woodland habitat on their properties.

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A Whisper of Spring in the Air

The East Metro Water Resource Education Program will begin holding landscaping workshops in April and May (North St. Paul – April 6, St. Paul Park – April 11, Oakdale – April 18, Hugo – April 27, Forest Lake – May 2).

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Conservation in the time of wrath

Deep-rooted prairie grasses could find moisture during the driest of summers, but farm crops died quickly, leaving nothing behind but bare soil. During the ensuing Dust Bowl, clouds of dirt darkened the sun, burying homes and hopes in their wake.

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Planting for Future Generations

By the time the oaks we planted begin to produce acorns, Charlie and Linnea will already be in their 30’s, with jobs and lives of their own.

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Get involved and make a difference for Earth Day and Arbor Day

Saturday, April 25, Mahtomedi will be holding its 9th annual RITE of Spring Earth Day event, 9am-noon and Carpenter Nature Center will be holding its 3rd annual Earth Day Birding Festival, 8am-4pm.

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Local residents stampede fairgrounds during rain barrel and tree sale

It’s almost as if we’ve all been on a diet since October and just discovered the rain barrels are filled with chocolate frosting.

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