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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 are beginning to blow which gets people thinking about planting windbreaks. So, when is the best time to plant a windbreak? 20 years ago. When is the second best time to plant? Now.

The SWCD’s tree program distributes 12,000 to 15,000 trees each year to more than 200 customers in and outside of Fillmore County. One of the primary uses of many of the trees sold by the SWCD is for farmstead windbreaks. Tree sales offer affordable trees to our customers while generating income for the SWCD. More important are the many functions and benefits that trees provide to the landscape.

Windbreaks are an energy conservation measure for the farmstead plus they offer shelter from wind and sun for livestock and wildlife and capture blowing snow for slow melting and infiltration. In general, young, growing trees take up large quantities of carbon dioxide reducing levels of this greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. They also intercept pollutants both in the air and water. A healthy tree stand reduces soil erosion by dissipating the energy of raindrops before they hit the ground and by improving water infiltration. Tree roots are great at holding soil in place. All of these factors reduce surface runoff which also reduces soil erosion and flooding. According to American Forests, mature forests can reduce by 40 to 60 percent the amount of water reaching streams.

For many years, windbreaks were eligible for state cost share funding, but this year windbreaks were removed from the list of eligible practices except in counties where wind erosion is a problem. Fillmore County does not meet the state’s requirements to be considered a wind erosion county. However, the SWCD Board has long recognized the importance of trees on the land, especially on the steep and rolling hills found in most of the county. So, this tradition will continue. The SWCD will continue to offer trees for sale and will offer cost share for windbreaks utilizing its local funds. Up to 50 percent of the cost of the trees for a farmstead windbreak designed by the SWCD staff will be paid to the landowner.

The 2014 tree order form can be found .....
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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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'A Call to Climate Action – America's New National Purpose'

Wed, Oct 30th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rob Hogg to present Luther College guest lecture Nov. 14 DECORAH, Iowa – Rob Hogg, state senator from Iowa, will present a Luther College guest lecture, "A Call to Climate Action – America's New National Purpose," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in ..... 
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Visit the natural playground

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

In the day and age of television, computers, and video games there is a Natural Playground a short drive away that will stir your child’s imagination in a new way. The Houston Nature Center, in Houston, Minn., has long been a favorite for families ..... 
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Soil health: building a resilient landscape

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Commentary from the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors: Travis Willford, Harmony Brian Hazel, Lanesboro Pamela Mensink, Preston Tim Gossman, Chatfield Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley Summer and fall 2012: dro ..... 
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Blaze orange safety requirement reduces hunting accidents

Mon, Oct 7th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

With Minnesota’s small game hunting season underway and the firearm deer season set to begin Nov. 9, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says making a blaze orange fashion statement this fall might not get you on the best-dressed ..... 
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Highlights of 2013 Trout Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The 2013 Trout Rendezvous, held at the Preston Trailhead Park, was a time for trout enthusiasts to gather and participate in a number of trout related activities. The event was sponsored by the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter and the National Trout ..... 
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