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DNR launches habitat restoration projects at two southeast SNAs


Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will conduct habitat restoration projects involving tree removal and other work this winter on two state nature preserves in the southeast corner of the state.

At Mound Prairie Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), 3.5 miles west of Hokah on Minnesota Highway 16, cedar trees and some deciduous trees will be cut, piled and burned to enhance prairie habitat. Invasive plants also will be cleared using cutting and chemical methods. All oak and hickory trees will be left, and some cedars will be spared to provide a visual buffer for adjacent homeowners and a golf course. Mound Prairie SNA supports a diverse plant community that includes such rare species as plains wild indigo, goat’s rue, jewelled shooting star, Ohio spiderwort, and narrow-leaved milkweed.

West of Rushford, restoration projects also will get underway this winter at the Rushford Sand Barrens SNA. Work there will include removal and replacement of a fence near the unit’s parking area, invasive species removal and oak savanna restoration. Part of the restoration area may be farmed next year to help eliminate invasive species before being planted to grasses next fall. The Rushford Sand Barrens site features a complex of rare natural communities in the Root River valley, with at least 13 rare plant species.

The goal of Minnesota’s SNA program is to ensure that no single rare feature is lost from any region of the state. This requires protection and management of each feature in sufficient quantity and distribution across the landscape. Activities used by the program to carry out its mission and goals include: land protection, management, education, research and prairie initiatives as well as producing publications, working with others, and helping private landowners.

The restoration projects at the two SNAs are made possible by the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which comes from a sales tax increase approved by voters five years ago.

Minnesota Encourages Customers to Make Winter Safety Checks as we Prepare for Below Zero Temperatures

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rosemount, MN – As weather reports indicate another round of below zero temperatures is expected, Minnesota Energy Resource encourages residents to put ‘safety first’ and offers the following information to ensure customers stay safe and war ..... 
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The National Trout Center, an investment in our future

Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The New Year celebrates the fifth operating year of the National Trout Center (NTC) in Preston, Minn. Conceived in 2009 by the Preston Economic Development Authority as a regional economic development engine, the NTC showcases the extraordinary land ..... 
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CD based youth snowmobile safety class

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The CD Based youth snowmobile safety training class is an introductory class designed primarily for the snowmobile rider with little to no experience in snowmobile operation. Students obtain and study the safety information on the interactive CD a ..... 
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Tips for staying safe on the roads over the holidays

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The holidays are a time of good cheer, but they can also be a time for battling traffic and inclement weather all the way to the homes of your loved ones. Staying safe should be a top priority for all travelers, so Better Business Bureau of Minnesota ..... 
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The value of Trees

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

December commentary from the Fillmore Soil and water Conservation District Board of Superviors: Travis Willford, Harmony Brian Hazel, Lanesboro Pamela Mensink, Preston Tim Gossman, Chatfield Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley The winter winds ..... 
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US Fish and Wildlife boat launch at Dresbach Bridge opens Dec. 14

Tue, Nov 19th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Access to the US Fish and Wildlife boat launch from the Dresbach Travel Information Center will open to the public Saturday, Dec. 14, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Access to the USFWS boat launch ha ..... 
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Donating deer hides helps habitat and educates kids

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Since 1985, Minnesota’s deer hunters have unselfishly participated in one of the nation’s most unique recycling projects; Hides For Habitat, a project of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA). Thanks to Minnesota’s deer hunters over ..... 
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MnDOT, snowplow crews gear up for winter weather

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s snowplow operators are trained, experienced and prepared for another winter weather season. “MnDOT has the equipment, technology and know-how to continue to provide first-r ..... 
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