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November 2018

Restoring Summit Lake: A rare opportunity

Summit Lake was drained in the early 1900s and farmed for most of the 20th century. Nobles SWCD purchased the site in 2015, completing a lake and wetland restoration last year that will provide increased water storage and enhanced wildlife habitat. Read more.

RIM safeguards St. James drinking water

Conservation easements just outside St. James are protecting the city’s drinking water supply while augmenting habitat for deer, pheasants and turkeys. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources administers the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Program in which the easements are enrolled. Read more.

SWCD managers collaborate to solve problems, save money

In northwestern Minnesota, SWCDs have found ways to help each other out. Pooled resources allowed them to hire an engineering technician who works in Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, Kittson, West Polk and Roseau counties. Read more.

Easement site preserves family legacy, restores habitat

Developers envisioned houses on Paul Brutlag’s lake-view property in Otter Tail County. Instead, Brutlag placed 129 acres into a perpetual conservation easement through a state and federal partnership. Restored prairie and wetlands offer habitat benefits. Read more.

Plant of the Month: Zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

Less aggressive than many sun-loving goldenrods, zigzag goldenrod makes a good addition to rain gardens and native plantings in partial shade. The 2-to 3-foot-tall rhizomatous perennial grows naturally in most Minnesota counties except for some in the far north. Its composite flowers attract a wide range of pollinators. Read more.

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