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Luther College hosts Iowa Prairie Conference July 18-20


Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

2013 Iowa Prairie Conference features regional experts on prairies and the Driftless Region.

DECORAH, Iowa – Luther College will host the 14th Iowa Prairie Conference with the theme “Prairies on the Edge” July 18-20. This is the first time the conference, which moves to different sites in Iowa, will be held in northeast Iowa. The conference is open to anyone interested in prairies and is attended by a broad mix of prairie enthusiasts, educators, students, researchers and land managers.

“Prairies on the Edge” offers attendees an excellent opportunity to visit some of the tallgrass and hill prairies found at the northeast edge of Iowa, learn more about Iowa’s native vegetation and discuss prairie conservation and management. Hill prairies in northeast Iowa are disappearing beneath invading red cedars due to the elimination of natural processes such as fire and grazing, and are currently threatened by the possibility of frac sand mining.

Conference organizers invite anyone with an interest in prairie preservation and restoration to register online at http://www.luther.edu/iowaprairieconference/RegistrationInfo/. Registration is $60 and includes the conference, five meals and bus transportation on two field trips. Information on discounts for students and exhibitor registration is also available on the site.

Throughout the weekend several regional experts will discuss prairie preservation, maintenance, wildlife and restoration.

Angella Moorehouse, Natural Areas Preservation specialist, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, will give the banquet plenary talk titled “What Good Is a Hill Prairie? Economic, Cultural and Ecological Benefits.”

Mike Osterholm, director of CIDRAP, University of Minnesota, will speak on “Prairie Steam Restorations,” and attendees will then have the opportunity to visit his prairie restoration project, “Prairie Song Farm” on Friday afternoon.

Other invited speakers include Ty Smedes, nature photographer, “Things Worth Saving and Prairie Photography”; Colin Betts, Luther professor of anthropology, “The ‘Little Prairie Sioux’ and Late Prehistoric Human-Prairie Adaptations”; Jeff Abbas, Allamakee County Protectors, “Mining the Tallgrass-The Worst Idea Ever!”; Brian Fankhauser, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, “Land Preserva .....
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Lanesboro City Wide WEED UP!

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

Spring has sprung and with it have come the unsightly weeds that threaten to overtake our public green spaces. We need your help to get Lanesboro’s greenery under control! Join fellow volunteers on Monday, June 24 from 6 - 8 pm at the Lanesboro Vi ..... 
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Live Snakes of the Blufflands

Mon, Jun 10th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Live Snakes of the Blufflands 7:00 PM Saturday, June 15 Houston Nature Center Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen kinds of snakes, including the timber rattlesnake, live in the Blufflands. Join Sara Grover of Whitewater State Park to learn how ..... 
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Severe Weather Hits SE MN

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Fountain The Great Outdoors

On the eve of Wednesday, May 29, severe storms hit Fillmore County. Pictured above is the roof of Drury’s Furniture Warehouse in Fountain, Minn., which was damaged by high winds in the storm. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Severe Weather strikes Spring Valley area

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

For several days the National Weather Service has been predicting strong storms that would be affecting NE Iowa and SE Minnesota and their warnings started on Sunday afternoon. It started out as a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, advanced to a Warning and ..... 
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Are you ready?

Mon, May 6th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Disasters come in all shapes, sizes, and frequencies and have lasting effects on both people and property. Recent events tell us that floods, tornadoes, chemical spills, and acts of community violence can occur any time and place. If a disaster oc ..... 
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Fossil Trail in Bluff Country!

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

BluffCountryFossils.com, in cooperation with SE MN HBC, has created a “Fossil Trail” in Bluff Country. The new website and fossil adventure blog created by Beverly Sandlin, a fossil enthusiast and substitute teacher in Spring Valley, was created ..... 
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SWCD staff seeks to detect flush of pollutants into Root River

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When snow melts or rain falls, the water picks up pollutants as it drains across land to a stream. Measuring that flush of pollutants can be tricky because some stream water levels rise and fall so quickly - in a matter of hours. It’s also importa ..... 
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Root River State Trail: Trail Construction - Minnesota DNR

Wed, Apr 10th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

The trail segment between Lanesboro and Whalan will be closed for construction beginning April 8 through July 2, 2013. Six bridges will be replaced and the entire five mile segment will be resurfaced. There is no signed detour around this segment. We ..... 
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