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Legacy Amendment funds habitat restoration near Root River Trail


Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Thirty acres of rare habitat in southeastern Minnesota are getting an ecological makeover thanks to a voter-approved tax and a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy.

Located three miles north of Preston next to the Root River State Trail, the Isinours unit of the R.J. Dorer State Forest consists of a mix of habitats, including oak savanna and bluff prairie – both considered rare. In the absence of fire, portions of the 188-acre unit have been overrun with buckthorn, box elder, cedars and other plants.

Work is now underway to clear undesirable vegetation from three patches totaling 30 acres in the Isinours unit. Removing the more aggressive vegetation will allow a greater diversity of native plants to flourish. About five acres will be completely cleared of dense cedar and transformed to bluff prairie. Areas cleared of invasive brush and cedar will be included in a larger prescribed fire to regenerate native plants.

The Isinours project is being managed by the Nature Conservancy, which is working on restoration at several sites with high biodiversity in the Root River watershed in southeastern Minnesota. It is funded by $18,000 from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which gets part of a sales tax dedicated to the outdoors, parks, water quality and the arts and culture. The dedicated fund was approved by voters as the Legacy Amendment to the state constitution in November 2008.

Even kids put the “International” in the Festival of Owls

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Karla Bloem When the Friends of the Houston Nature Center started the Owl Festival way back in 2003, it was simply called the Festival of Owls. Then in 2007 they added the World Owl Hall of Fame and people began flying to Houston from all over t ..... 
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The National Trapper’s Association brings their biggest trapping and outdoor expo to Escanaba, Mich.

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Trappers and their families from across the U.S. and Canada are putting in for vacation days for July 24-27, 2014 to attend the NTA Expo in Escanaba, Mich. at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. This will be one of the biggest outdoor events ever held in Mi ..... 
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Fillmore County survives arctic cold, polar vortex moves out

By Mitchell Walbridge

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

For the first time in 17 years, all Minnesota public schools were ordered closed by Governor Mark Dayton on Monday, January 6 due to dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills. The last Minnesota governor to close public schools statewide was Arn ..... 
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Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-off

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

Let it snow - just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 18 to ski on the trail and to test-taste some wonderful chili contest entri ..... 
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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 A ..... 
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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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