How Do You Know if a Stream Is Healthy?

Collecting water quality data from streams is not nearly as easy as collecting data from lakes and rivers.

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Students Plant 10 Acres of Prairie at St. Croix Prep

Already, the teachers are coming up with creating ways to teach about biology, ecology, math, technology and art in the prairie.

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Two Llamas and a Prairie

“For our 25th anniversary – the silver anniversary – we got a doe with silver ears and two baby goats.” Becky Vierling smiles as she talks about the small farm in Denmark Township that she and her husband Philip bought in 2003. When the Vierlings took on a more than 100-year old farm house with…

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Join the PolliNATION

Since your own lawn is small, you might be surprised to learn that turf grass covers more acres of land in the U.S. than the eight largest agricultural crops combined. Imagine what a difference it would make if all of us converted ¼ of our lawn to native plantings that provide habitat for pollinators, birds and wildlife.

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Giants of the prairie

On Saturday, June 11, the ground in the Belwin prairie will again shake as a truck pulls up, opens its doors and releases a herd of bison with thundering hooves.

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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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Spring Dreaming

On Saturday, March 26, Master Gardeners in Washington County will hold a spring gardening program at Stillwater Area High School, 8am-noon. During this free workshop, participants will learn about sustainable gardening, landscape design, and landscaping with native plants.

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Calling all horse owners

The Washington Conservation District offers free site visits for all Washington County landowners and can provide advice and sometimes financial assistance to control noxious weeds, prepare pasture management and whole-farm plans, and complete projects to reduce mud, repair gullies, and reestablish vegetation along streamside and wetland areas, or install fencing to keep horses and other livestock out of wetlands, lakes and streams. This year’s horse workshop is scheduled for Monday, March 21, 5:30-8:30pm at the Washington Conservation Center in Oakdale.

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How are the Wetlands Minnesota?

Approximately 43% of threatened and endangered plant and animal species in the U.S. live in or depend on wetlands.

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Downsizing to a small backyard

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, 6:30-8pm, Marge and Steve Sagstetter will invite neighbors and interested community members to join them for an educational event in their backyard.

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