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Legacy-funded prairie restoration benefits trout stream


Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

A trout stream in the far southeastern part of the state is benefitting from Minnesota’s approval of the Legacy Amendment nearly six years ago.

Earlier this year, an 18-acre area within the Etna Creek Aquatic Management Area (AMA) was burned, treated with herbicide, then re-seeded with prairie grasses and other native plants. The former agricultural field had become overgrown with buckthorn, wild parsnips and other invasive weeds. Future work will include mowing and additional prescribed fires.

Located two miles west of Cherry Grove in Fillmore County, the 63-acre AMA includes the headwaters of Etna Creek, a designated trout stream that has undergone recent brook trout re-introductions. It also features three ponds leftover from a former mining operation. The restoration will help to reduce soil erosion, limit weed growth and improve the stream’s water quality.

Funding for the Etna Creek AMA prairie restoration, which cost about $12,000, came from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The constitutional amendment increased sales tax by three-eighths of 1 percent, with one-third of that dedicated to restoring, protecting and enhancing habitat for game fish and wildlife.

AMAs provide angler access, facilitate stream management, protect critical shoreland habitat, and provide areas for education and research. They are managed by the DNR and are open to the public.

Hike to Indian Monument August 30

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

High atop the bluff on the south side of Houston and hidden amongst the dense tree canopy lies a large and interesting rock formation locally known as “Indian Monument.” There is no known connection to Native Americans, but the hike and formati ..... 
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Milwaukee Road Historical Association President to speak at caboose dedication

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

A dedication of the restored 1951 Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trailhead in Preston. The Trailhead is located at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Center Street. The speaker for t ..... 
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Bicycling Around Minnesota Tour coming to southeast Minnesota

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - Local businesses are encouraged to welcome participants of the BAM Bicycle Tour to our area. At 4:30 p.m. on August 13, the Bicycling Around Minnesota annual tour will begin registration in Preston for the start of the 2014 tour. ..... 
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Fillmore SWCD to receive dividend from Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will receive a dividend in the amount of $3,234 from Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) in November. MCIT is a member service organization that provides 81 of Minne ..... 
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Minnesota starwatch for August 2014

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Deane Morrison August is a great month for vacations, and even the planets seem to be at play. Take Mars, for example. Last month its eastward motion carried it past its longtime companion, the bright star Spica, in Virgo. As August begins, Ma ..... 
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Houston overlook sign program July 26

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Visit the HOUSTON overlook sign on Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Meet at the Houston Nature Center. Ever want to go up to see the huge stone “HOUSTON” sign on the hill north of Houston but didn’t know who to call or how to get there? Here’s ..... 
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New EAB discovery near Caledonia prompts renewed call to restrict firewood movement

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has confirmed another emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation – this time on private land near Caledonia, in southeastern Minnesota. MDA Entomologist Mark Abrahamson says the infestat ..... 
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Forestry Field Day July 23 near Chatfield

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield The Great Outdoors

On July 30, 2014 the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a field day to explore past, present, and future restoration practices taking place at the Isinours Forestry Unit just outside of Preston, Minn. The tours will begin ..... 
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