Minnesotaâ€™s the land of 10,000 lakes, and included in that number is the largest number of tullibee lakes in the country. Never heard of a tullibee lake? Youâ€™re not alone, but these lakes, categorized by a specific type of fish that is found in their waters, are one of stateâ€™s most incredible and undervalued resources. Read more about how state agencies, local government, and private landowners are protecting the tullibee.
Invasive species are a very real threat, impacting both the economy and local ecology. The truth is invasive species are everywhere, including your backyard. Across Minnesota, Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs) combine the efforts of federal, state and local agencies with non-profits and private landowners to monitor, treat and increase awareness of invasive weeds. In west-central Minnesota, that work is paying off. Read about the CWMA's cooperative efforts.
People take fishing seriously in Carver County, and Laketown Townshipâ€™s Reitz Lake is a local favorite. Water quality studies over the course of two decades indicated a rising problem, though: excessive nutrients. In 2002, the lake was listed as impaired. Local government and private landowners are joining forces to take action. Learn more about their efforts here.
When it comes to establishing conservation practices and wildlife habitat on private lands, Minnesota landowners have many choices. Helping landowners understand those options and make the best choice is the primary objective of the Farm Bill Assistance Partnership. Find out more about how this outreach is making a difference here.
The Minnesota Legislature officially adjourned its 2013-2014 Session on Friday, May 16. A lot of work was packed into a short amount of time. Click here for the latest on BWSR's session highlights.
With dense flower spikes of dark blue flowers, blue lobelia adds color and diversity to a wide range of moist habitats. The tubular flowers are an excellent pollen and nectar source for butterflies, bumblebees, long-tongued bees and occasionally for hummingbirds. Click here to learn more.