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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 infestation was discovered by a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources forester last Friday one mile northwest of Caledonia in a grove of trees in a cattle pasture on private land. Abrahamson confirmed the EAB infestation from photographs of the distinctive tunneling of emerald ash borer. The forester indicated that more than 20 trees were dead or nearly so, which indicates the infestation has existed there for several years or more.

This newly discovered EAB infestation is about 10 miles from previously known infestations in Houston County but is still within the official EAB quarantine area. Other Minnesota counties included in the quarantine are Hennepin, Ramsey and Winona. The quarantine is in place to help prevent EAB from spreading outside a known infested area into new areas and is designed to limit the movement of potentially infested firewood or other materials from ash trees that might harbor EAB larvae.

EAB is one of America’s most destructive tree pests. Its larvae kill ash trees by tunneling into the wood and feeding on the tree’s nutrients. Since its accidental introduction into North America, EAB has killed tens of millions of ash trees in 18 states.

MDA officials emphasize that the biggest risk of spreading EAB comes from people unknowingly moving firewood or other ash products harboring larvae. There are three easy steps Minnesotans can take to keep EAB from spreading:

1. Don’t transport firewood. Buy and burn local firewood to prevent movement of EAB. Remember that EAB can live in cut firewood for two years before emerging.

2. Be aware of the quarantine restrictions. If you live in a quarantined county, be aware of the restrictions on movement of products such as ash trees, wood chips, and firewood. Details can be found online at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/pestmanagement/eab/quarantinefaq.aspx; and,

3. Watch your ash trees for infestation. Infestation signs include one-eighth inch, D-shaped exit holes in ash tree bark and winding tunnels under the bark. If you think your ash tree is infested, go to [Read the Rest]

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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Battle of Tupelo, MS. Commemoration and Civil War Soldier Grave Rededication

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Saturday July 12, 2014 Silver Creek Cemetery, Houston, Minn. Ceremony commences at 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by: Civil War Commemoration Task Force, Silver Creek Cemetery Association, Houston American Legion Post 423 and the Houston County Historica ..... 
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The ABC's of bees

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

A free beekeeping class, “The ABC’s of Bees,” will be held Wednesday, July 9, from 5-6 p.m., at Creekside Park in Rushford, Minn., in the small pavilion. The class is part of an ongoing educational and community effort by the Rushford Peterson ..... 
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Highway 43 construction begins in Rushford

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a detour in Rushford when construction begins soon on Highway 43 in a project that will replace the street and improve curb, gutter, sidewalks and utilities along a one-mile stretch in the city, accordin ..... 
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Fillmore SWCD seeking applicants for Reinvest in Minnesota Buffer Easement program

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is seeking applicants for the 2014 Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Riparian Buffer Easement Program. The program creates vegetated buffers on riparian crop land adjacent to streams and l ..... 
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Root River citizen conversations at five local events

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Join Root River watershed neighbors in June at five local events from Grand Meadow to La Crescent for citizen-led conversations about protecting water resources in the watershed. Portions of six counties drain to the Root River: Dodge, Fillmore, Hou ..... 
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MDA to set nearly 15,000 traps statewide to look for gypsy moth

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will set nearly 15,000 gypsy moth traps across Minnesota this spring. The work is part of the MDA’s annual detection trapping program and is designed to protect Minnesota’s forest ..... 
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MnDOT seeks online input for statewide bicycle system plan

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Persons interested in helping the Minnesota Department of Transportation develop a statewide bicycle system plan can provide input through an online interactive map and survey available through June 1. The information will help ..... 
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