Almost 180 conservation leaders, media, elected officials and farmers joined Governor Dayton in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, January 17 as he signed a new Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture. The agreement, which came after two years of work and deliberations between the USDA and BWSR, will target 60,000 acres in areas of southern and western Minnesota facing significant water quality challenges, to protect and improve our natural resources for future generations. Read the Story here.
The agricultural landscape throughout much of Minnesota is dotted with surface intakes that are essential for efficient crop production, especially in the prairie pothole region. These intakes play an important role in agricultural production by taking ponded surface water and runoff in depressional sites and removing the water from the fields through a subsurface tile drainage system. However, these surface intakes also provide a direct pathway for the movement of sediment and associated pollutants to surface waters. Read the story here.
In 2010, approximately 3,000 acres and five miles of Lake Vermilion shoreline in northern Minnesota were added to the Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, creating the current 4,048 acre state park on a rugged ridge on the south shore. The park offers a unique combination of recreational opportunities including picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, and tours of a former iron ore mine. Read the story here.
Student interns are an integral part of the work done at BWSR and the opportunities are a win-win for both BWSR and students. Working with BWSR Technical Services staff, student interns have played a key role in furthering the field of conservation while gaining valuable, hands-on experience. Read the story here.
Known for its vibrant red bark, red-osier dogwood is easy to spot in the landscape during the fall and winter months. It produces white flower clusters in May that are used by a wide variety of pollinators. As a large deciduous shrub, Cornus sericea is a vigorous species that flourishes in many open, moist conditions and is a favorite landscape plant for aesthetics and attracting wildlife. It is also commonly used to stabilize shorelines as part of bioengineering practices. Read the story here.
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