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November 2012

Glossy Buckthorn

Glossy Buckthorn Leaf

November Featured Plant

Similar to the more widespread common buckthorn, glossy buckthorn was brought to the United States from Eurasia for use as an ornamental shrub. The species has high seed viability (lasting in the soil two or more years) and can form thickets that create significant competition for native plants through dense shade and extensive root systems that compete for moisture and nutrients. Studies have also suggested that the roots may release a chemical that give the plant a competitive advantage. Unlike common buckthorn that has separate male and female flowering plants, all plants of glossy buckthorn can produce seed. Glossy buckthorn can handle a wide variety of moisture conditions and as a result it can colonize a variety of wetland and upland communities...

Continue reading about this plant or view previous Featured Plants on the Native Vegetation page.

Dust bowl erosion
The winds of the "dust bowl" deposited soil drifts
against a barn near Liberal, Kansas.

Credit: Arthur Rothstein - March 1936

PBS to air "Dust Bowl" documentary

When you hear "dust bowl," iconic images likely pop into your head: black clouds over the prairie, dead cattle scattered across the range and tractors buried in the field.

Those images are easy to remember, but we easily forget the circumstances, economic conditions and the collective human choices that led us to the dust bowl.

Ken Burns' new documentary, The Dust Bowl, set to air on PBS on Nov. 18, examines the worst man–made ecological disaster in American history, documenting its causes, impact, and lessons, as well as the personal stories of survival and human endurance.

Continue reading this story and find useful links to the documentary website as well as other resources on the dust bowl.

Sample ballot question for Soil and Water
Conservation District Supervisor (courtesy MN SOS)

Kare 11 addresses Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor ballot questions

The fact that Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) work locally to do projects that clean water, stabilize soil and improve the natural environment may be a familiar concept from within the conservation delivery system, but to those in the general public, it is frequently a mystery that only arises while voting during an election.

Leading up to the current election, Kare 11 interviewed John Jaschke, BWSR's executive director, as they tried to shed some light on the subject for Minnesota voters.

Check out the story on the Kare 11 website and then learn more with the following resources:

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

520 Lafayette Road North, St. Paul, MN 55155 | (651) 296-3767 | Fax (651) 297-5615 | TTY (800) 627-3529

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