As much as lakes are a central part of our state’s identity, the trees that line so many of those lakes are just as important. When we think about water quality, many conservation practices come to mind, but for many of us, forest management isn’t one we’d naturally think about. Read the story here.
Governor Dayton proclaimed April 17-23rd Water Action Week in Minnesota. Throughout the week, the governor and leadership from many state agencies visited classrooms, project sites, farms, and research facilities to highlight the work being done to address Minnesota’s water quality challenges. At the Board of Water and Soil Resources, it was an opportunity to highlight the work being done by local governments and private landowners across the state to restore and protect Minnesota’s water resources. Read the story here.
It has been almost a decade since a statewide tillage survey has been conducted in the state of Minnesota. Now, thanks to funding received last year, the Board of Water and Soil Resources and The University of Minnesota are working to make these surveys more efficient and cost-effective by utilizing new technological practices. Read the story here.
Wetlands are protected by federal, state and sometimes local laws and regulations. In Minnesota, the primary state wetland protection law is the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA). WCA was passed by the legislature in 1991 to protect wetlands and the benefits they provide, part of the legislature’s larger goal of achieving no-net-loss of wetland quantity, quality, and biological diversity. Read the story here.
Plantings along roadsides help create pollinator habitat and the plants used can have a variety of uses. Black chokeberry is the only species of Aronia native to Minnesota. Valued in landscaping for its three seasons of color, the berries are high in antioxidants and are used to make jellies and fruit drinks. Learn more about the featured plant here.