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In a surprise announcement late last week Governor Dayton announced his intention to push for legislation this year requiring all of Minnesota's rivers and lakes to have a 50-foot buffer of natural vegetation. The Governor said that his proposal would create 125,000 acres of habitat. Dayton acknowledged that his proposal would face opposition from private landowners and other interests but he said "The land may be yours but the water belongs to all of us."

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FMR is working with our allies to advance three key water priorities this year. Our 2015 legislative priorities include Forever Green, Advanced Cellulosic Biofuels and the Clean Water Fund. In addition, we will be working hard to prevent unnecessary rollbacks to existing clean water protections.

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On December 16, the city of Elk River took ownership of the Houlton Farm, which is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Elk rivers. With funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, as recommended by the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Trust for Public Land purchased the property and turned the ownership over the city. This year FMR will develop a natural resource management plan for the site and begin a multi-year restoration effort.

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In spite of the looming threat of invasive carp, the Army Corps of Engineers wants to reopen the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock for three months this spring. Their reason appears to be purely based on economics with little to no serious consideration for the possible environmental impacts to Minnesota's upstream lakes and rivers.

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The Saint Paul Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on the "West Side Flats Master Plan and Development Guidelines" and the plan's proposed rezoning on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 8:30am in Room 40 of City Hall/Courthouse. FMR served on the Community Task Force and is pleased to support the plan. Citizens are encouraged to review the proposed plan and attend the public hearing.

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Friends of the Mississippi River is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Director of Development, Sara DeKok (pronounced de-cook). Sara joined the FMR team in late December. For the past 12 years, Sara has served as Director of Development and Associate Director of Gathering Waters, Wisconsin's alliance for land trusts. In her new role, she will lead FMR's three person development office and oversee efforts to strategically expand the organization's impact by increasing revenue from philanthropic sources. "I'm so excited to be able to jump in and help to grow this organization that I admire so much," said DeKok. "I believe there's great potential to build on FMR's strong reputation in the community to have an even greater impact," she said.

Sara has a longstanding interest in natural resource protection. She holds a Masters of Science in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin -- Madison. She lives in St. Paul with her husband and daughter and another child is expected in late January.


At the end of each year, our event participants are asked to take part in a brief anonymous survey to provide constructive feedback about their volunteer experience with FMR. Find out what our volunteers had to say.

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Mississippi River News

In 2013, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency began monitoring Minnesota's five large rivers for aquatic habitat and water chemistry. Each year for five years, one of five large Minnesota rivers (the Mississippi, Minnesota, Rainy, Red, and St. Croix) will be monitored. From there, the monitoring data will be assessed. The assessment will then be used to plan for and begin restoration work. Visit the MPCA website to learn more about their water monitoring including the large river monitoring schedule.

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New National Park Superintendent John Anfinson was recently featured in a January 3 article in the Star Tribune. As regular Mississippi Messages readers know, Anfinson was appointed chief of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area last summer. The 72-mile stretch of the Mississippi through the Twin Cities metro area is the only National Park focused on the great river. Anfinson, who has written two books about the Mississippi, has spent his entire career in river-related positions. He is also one of the founders of Friends of the Mississippi River and continues to serve on the FMR Board of Directors in an Ex-Officio capacity. Congratulations John!

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Calendar of Events


Saturday, April 25 -- 9:30 a.m.-noon
Join this Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge! People come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River Watershed. All ages are welcome and all supplies provided, including lunch. We'll meet at two sites along the parkway and bluff-top. Pick whichever works better for you -- the oak savanna at East 36th Street and West River Parkway, or the maple basswood forest at 44th and the parkway. No registration is required and complete details and directions are available on the event page. We look forward to seeing you at the first River Gorge Stewards event of the season!

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Other than superficially acknowledging that snow is a part of our existence here in the great northland, I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that few contemplate or explore snow at the individual level.

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Resource of the Month


Are you dreaming of long summer days at the lake? Minnesota water lovers now have a new way to find water quality and fish consumption information for their favorite lake or stream, thanks to a new tool recently released by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

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Supporting FMR


Thank you to all who increased your annual membership contribution, made an additional year-end contribution or became new members in December. It is because of your support that we received the additional $10,000 challenge grant. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

We truly couldn't do this important conservation, restoration and stewardship work without friends like you! We look forward to an even stronger 2015 and hope you will help FMR garner even more friends of the wonderful urban river in our backyard. Thank you again. Together, let's make 2015 our best year yet!

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FMR would like to gratefully acknowledge the following businesses that renewed, joined or contributed in December 2014:

Bang Brewing Company for renewing their business membership at the River Sustainer level.

Barr Engineering for their continued support of our important work year after year.

Half Price Books and its local stores in the Twin Cities for selecting us as a recipient of their "B(eco)me Bagless" campaign in 2014.

Patagonia - St. Paul for supporting us through both an advocacy grant and through their ongoing in-store "Bag the Bag" campaign, which donates the cost of a shopping bag to FMR.

If you are a business owner or representative and would like to support our work as a business member or sponsor, please contact John Briel, Development Associate at for more information.

Quote of the Month

"In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy."

- John Sawhill

Winter Go Parks: The National Park Foundation Newsletter

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January News from Headwaters Science Center

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January My Minnesota Woods

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St. Paul Natural Resouces Winter 2015

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Phalen Freeze Fest: Show Winter What You're Made Of

Rediscover the magic of winter at the new Phalen Freeze Fest, where we'll light the darkness and warm the air with art, food, and fun activities. Join us around the fire to hear the Ojibwe legend of Shingebiss, the story of the determined duck who refused to be defeated by the Winter Maker. Help us dramatize the storytelling with parade-style puppets and masks. Inspired by this plucky duck, we'll fish through the ice, build snow caves, and cook our food over the fire. Enjoy a StoryWalk of the picture book Shingebiss by Nancy Van Laan, with woodcut illustrations by Betsy Bowen, posted page by page along a trail lit with luminaries.

Saturday, February 7, 5-8 pm, Phalen Picnic Pavilion, 1600 Phalen Drive, Saint Paul

Help build the Shingebiss puppets or prepare the snow caves in workshops starting January 12.

Learn more at or contact Faith Krogstad at 651-632-2455.

Nurture Nature - Get Involved!

Join others in the community or spend some tranquil alone-time this spring while beautifying Saint Paul. Whether you have an hour to spare or some time every week, you can be involved as a valuable member of our fantastic volunteer team.

Restoration Supervisors

If you are interested in improving our natural areas in the city and teaching other volunteers about invasive species and native plants, this rewarding position is for you.


If you'd rather contribute to improving our parks on your own time, adopt a parcel of the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom.

Citywide Spring Cleanup

Join others across Saint Paul and help clean up your neighborhood or promote your local business by sponsoring a cleanup site. In honor of Earth Day, we will take to the streets and parks Saturday, April 18.

More opportunities will be posted even before the weather warms up, so check out the volunteer web pages.

Emerald Ash Borer in Saint Paul

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in 2002. It is suspected that EAB initially arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material originating in its native Asia. EAB is a concern in the United States because it kills all ash native to the U.S.

What to know:

  • Adult Beetles are metallic green and about 1/2-inch long.
  • Adults do little damage to the tree--they feed on the foliage, but are not defoliators
  • Adults leave a D-shaped exit hole in the bark when they emerge in spring
  • EAB larvae feed on the inner bark (cambium) of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients, and in-so-doing leave a characteristic S-shaped path or gallery
  • The feeding path, or gallery of the EAB larvae is a characteristic S-shape
  • Woodpeckers like to eat EAB larvae; woodpecker damage on ash trees may be a sign of EAB infestation, but is not a 100% positive indicator

First discovered in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of Saint Paul in 2009, EAB has now been found throughout much of the city. Saint Paul Forestry manages the pest through a variety of techniques including monitoring of infested areas, sanitation or infested tree removal, and insecticide treatments.

If you think EAB is in your ash tree please call: 651-632-5129 or visit:

The Growing Science Project

Blending Environmental Science Research with Community Service
In 2014, the University of St. Thomas began the Growing Science Project at Conway and St. Clair Recreation Centers. The Growing Science Project combines urban agriculture research with educational and community development activities in low-income neighbor-hoods. At each site, 32 raised bed plots were built and randomly allocated to treatments in a scientific experiment. Under-graduate students and faculty from the University of St. Thomas created experiments that focused on yield and environmental impacts associated with different composting strategies.

UST undergraduates led groups of local high school students to conduct research activities and provided integrative training of agriculture field research with technical training in soil and agriculture product analysis. The results of these urban agricultural projects included:

  • A barbecue harvest party where gardeners, neighbors and St. Thomas students worked together and socialized
  • Free starter plants and soil testing to the other community gardeners at the sites
  • The employment of two youth interns who were exposed to university-level science and thoroughly integrated into the UST team
  • Fresh vegetables provided to gardeners, food shelves and students
  • Research results that are promising and have the potential to be published

Grant Funds Secured for Habitat Restoration & Education

Saint Paul Natural Resources has been awarded a $118,000 Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grant to enhance and manage approximately fifty-nine acres of disturbed floodplain forest along the Mississippi River within Hidden Falls Regional Park. Project work will include reforestation efforts and invasive species removal and control. The project will improve tree canopy diversity, increase connectedness of high-quality forests, reduce sedimentation of the Mississippi River, and improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Funding for the CPL grant program is from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, created by the people of Minnesota. The CPL Program has been recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and approved by the MN Legislature annually since 2009.

Additionally, Natural Resources secured a $12,000 Capitol Region Watershed District Partner Grant to engage youth from four recreation centers as learners and stewards in Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC). Youth will "adopt" the parks during the 8-week summer program, propagating native wetland plants, monitoring wildlife, studying ecology, and hosting a community volunteer event to transplant their wetland plants to stream and pond edges.

Adopt a Parcel

Banish garlic mustard and conquer burdock in 2015! The Natural Resources team is currently developing a volunteer EcoStewards program for those interested in continuing habitat maintenance work in one of our city's recently restored natural areas. By adopting parcels in different plant communities, Eco Stewards will maintain and improve land in the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom on a weekly basis by monitoring vegetation and removing invasive species. This is the perfect opportunity for individuals who like to work independently and feel satisfaction from a good weed-pulling session. EcoStewards will receive training and will be provided tools and supplies.

If you are interested in this rewarding experience or would like more information, please contact Ryanna Jackson at or 651-632-2411.

Jan 1 SEEK Bulletin

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Dec My Minnesota Woods

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Dec Headwaters Science Center Newsletter

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In This Issue
Science Store Ready
Saturday Science
New Years Eve Party
Science at Home


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Our December ArbLINK is available for your viewing by clicking on the link below:
Friends of Northland Arboretum - December 2014

If you are a Minnesota Master Naturalist, a Crow Wing County Master Gardener, or would like to get extra volunteer hours in before the end of the year, please be sure to give us a call! There is always something to do around our grounds and buildings!

...AND to get a head start on your volunteer hours for 2015 - consider volunteering for the upcoming 25th Annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza being held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 on Gull Lake's Hole in the Day Bay.
Contact us at if you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful event. Last year Northland Arboretum had 17 volunteers help out on the ice and in the buses. So get those snowmobile suits out of storage and email us to get on our volunteer list today!

To ALL Our Northland Arboretum supporters!

As we quickly come up to the end of 2014, your Northland Arboretum staff would like to thank you - our wonderful members, volunteers and supporters - for everything you have given to keep us here for all to enjoy! We could not be here without your generosity - be it your time, your in-kind donations and your monetary donations. We are humbly grateful. May you all enjoy the beauty of this season - and don't forget to give those close to you an extra hug - and a warm smile to those you pass by daily. It goes a long way!

Audubon Center of the North Woods Newsletter

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Wonder, adventure and discovery for all at our Winter Family Escape!

Early Bird deadline extended through Friday!
Why not celebrate the year end by spending time with your family in the north woods, and making memories that last a lifetime! Escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and join us for this exciting family adventure! Activities that your family can participate in during your stay at the Center range from active programs such as climbing wall and snow sculpture to educational programs such as Minnesota Mammals and Winter Ways of Native Cultures to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and kicksledding to quiet activities such as crafts and sleigh rides.

Because the Early Bird Discount deadline happened to fall on Thanksgiving weekend, we are extending the discount for registrations made through this Friday, 12/15/14 - save 10%! Register via phone at 888-404-7743 or click here to register online.

New Year's Eve at the Lake
Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness
with Kevin Proescholdt, Conservation Director for Wilderness Watch
A half-century ago, President Johnson signed the 1964 Wilderness Act. This landmark law took 8 years of work to make it through Congress, and established wilderness protections for the first time in the federal statutes. It also established the National Wilderness Preservation System of 9.1 million acres, which included (with some struggle) the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Today, the National Wilderness Preservation System has grown to 110 million acres. Kevin Proescholdt will describe the background and importance of the Wilderness Act, its many successes, and some of the challenges remaining ahead.

Appetizers and dinner at 6:00 p.m.; presentation following dinner
Adults: $25...Children ages 5-12 yrs: $18

Call 320-245-2648 or email for reservations

2015 Events Calendar

Below is a listing of our 2015 events, subject to change.
Visit our Calendar of Events for more information and details.

Winter Phenology Weekend w/ Larry Weber - 1/30-2/1/15
Dinner at the Lake - 2/14/15
Wilderness First Responder Course - 3/14-21/15
Maple Syrup Day/Brunch - 3/28/15
Food & Farms Weekend - 4/17-19/15
Dinner at the Lake - 4/18/15
Women's Wellness & Adventure Weekend - 5/1-3/15
Spring Phenology Weekend w/ Larry Weber - 5/8-10/15
Mother's Day Brunch - 5/10/15
Birding Bonanza Weekend - 6/5-7/15
Dinner at the Lake
Migration Mysteries - 6/7-12/15
Migration Mysteries - 6/14-19/15
Forkhorn II Camp - 6/15-19/15
Exploring Lake Superior's South Shore - 6/20-28/15
Outdoor Adventures Camp - 6/28-7/3/15
Summer Family Escape - 7/5-10/15
Woods, Waters, & Wildlife Family Camp - 7/12-17/15
St. Croix Family Canoe Camp - 7/17-19/15
Ways of Wildlife camp - 7/26-31/15
North Shore Family Camp - 7/31 - 8/2/15
Exploring Lake Superior's South Shore - 8/1-9/15
Backpacking on Superior Hiking Trail - 8/2-7/14
BWCA Expedition camp - 8/9-14/15
Hooked on Fishing camp - 8/16-21/15
Paddling Sigurd Olson's Canoe Country - 8/16-23/15
Migration Mysteries - 8/23-28/15
Migration Mysteries - 8/30-9/4/15
Migration Mysteries - 9/6-11/15
Women's Superior Hiking Trail Weekend - 9/11-13/15
Paddling Sigurd Olson's Canoe Country - 9/13-20/15
'Autumn at the Audubon' Open House - 9/26/15
Renewable Trail Run - 9/26/15
Women's Wellness & Adventure Weekend - 10/2-4/15
Dinner at the Lake - 10/17/15
Winter Family Escape - 12/27-30/15
New Year's Eve at the Lake - 12/31/15

For more info about or to register for any of our upcoming events:

Call us:

Visit the Calendar of Events on our website:

Email us:

Forest Insect & Disease Newsletter

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Speak out and help us improve how we communicate!
If you like to speak your mine, you've come to the right place. Take our short survey and help us improve how we communicate forest health information with you. We want to hear what you think!

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In this issue:

Summer highlights

Bur oak blight summary for 2014

Noteworthy EAB confirmations since last Newsletter
Spider mites caused yellow spruce needles this fall in southern MN
Acorns: to be, or not to be?

2014 Aerial survey results
18 maps depict damage by causal agents

Feature article
The impacts of Diplodia infections on red pine silviculture and productivity

1. PWLC News
Autumn on the Prairie
We enjoyed a dry, sunny, and warm fall in September and October. Our wetlands have now frozen over and we have a few inches of snow on the ground with temperatures more like January. Bird migration is finishing up with blackbirds, geese including "cacklers," ducks, hawks, and bald eagles making their way south. American tree sparrows and common redpolls, two winter resident species, have made the scene preceded by juncos. We are noticing more deer and muskrats this fall than in summer or even the previous years. Now when we travel off-trail we flush up the occasional meadow vole. Our late blooming flowers are all finished. How is fall progressing in your school yard, backyard, refuge, or park? As our national day of thanks approaches, what are you thankful for in nature?

Scheduling Your Class
A brief reminder that when contacting the PWLC to book your dates here, please call Terrie Eidal at 218-998-4481. You can also email her at Terrie handles all of our calendar scheduling for all groups visiting the PWLC. Thank you!

Yellow Bus Fund
At the PWLC, students have the chance to explore a prairie, sample the life of a wetland, and discover the beauty of a vanishing landscape. The Friends of the PWLC feel all schools should be able to visit the PWLC regardless of funding. Thanks to a grant they secured, the Friends provide up to 50% reimbursement for classes that cannot otherwise afford to visit. The funds pay for transportation to and from the Center for both daytime and overnight visits. For more information, contact Terrie Eidal at the PWLC at 218-998-4481.

A Better Season for Monarchs
The PWLC experienced its 5th best tagging season this past August and September since tagging started 16 years ago! A total of 170 volunteers tagged a total of 402 monarchs, 214 females and 188 males. Of the 402 monarchs tagged, 62 were reared in captivity. (Graph that data with your class.) The jury is still out on the current monarch status internationally. You can help monarchs by tagging (thanks!!!), growing milkweed and other native prairie flowers in your yard or on your land, and avoiding mowing and spraying milkweed if you can. Monarchs need it! Visit for more info and great ideas like becoming an monarch waystation. For more PWLC monarch data that you can use with your students, please see the background section in our 2nd grade fall lesson,

Tips for Dressing Warm in the Cold
Tried and true tips from the PWLC and the Prairie Science Class, students and teachers who use the outdoor classroom almost every day, even in winter!

  • Layer your clothing -- long johns work wonders as well as sweaters and sweat shirts over turtlenecks or long-sleeved t-shirts.

  • Tuck your shirt into your pants to avoid that up-the-back drafty chill or snow.

  • Mittens are warmer than gloves because your fingers can directly share body heat. Better yet, layer a thin pair of mittens under a heavy pair of mittens.

  • Wear real socks. No footies, no anklets. Knee-length socks are best. Thick winter socks beat athletic socks hands-down.

  • Use everything you've got - snaps, Velcro, hoods, and zip all the way to the top of the coat collar to cover your neck and chest.

  • A scarf or face mask protects exposed cheeks from wind and frost nip and seals the space where the hood joins the coat collar.

  • Bib overall snow pants are warmer and more effective at keeping out the cold and snow than regular snow pants.

  • Look for snow pants with built in gaiters and tuck those gaiters into your boots. Fasten the boots and then pull the ends of your snow pants down over your boots to keep snow from sneaking inside.

  • Once back inside, remove boots and boot liners so they can dry out before the next use (they do get sweaty).

Staffing Update
Our visitor services manager, Matt Conner, accepted a position at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and moved there with his family in August. They are thoroughly enjoying the scenery and wildlife! While we are glad for their incredible opportunity, we also miss them as the whole family was involved with the PWLC. We wish them all the best in their new life! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of filling Matt's position - we'll update you in the winter newsletter.

PWLC Events

Nature at Night, Thursday, December 11, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dress for an outdoor adventure searching for the PWLC's largest mammal, the white-tailed deer. Come back inside for a Backyard Almanac on white-tails, meet the deer family tree, and make an antler head band to wear home. You can also do some holiday shopping in the Bluestem Store. The store is operated by the Friends of the PWLC, and proceeds from your purchases stay local to help support education at the PWLC. All ages are welcome, and it's free!

2015 Workshops for Educators and the Public
Mark your calendars for these upcoming, free professional development and enrichment opportunities at the PWLC. We provide clock hours certificates for any teachers who participate. For more info or to register, call 218-998-4480 or email
March 28 Wildlife through the Lens, 9 am - 12 noon
Capture the beauty of wildlife and nature through a camera lens. Bring your own camera or use ours. Call to register. Free.
July 10 Fireflies at Night, 10 pm - 11 pm
Learn how and why nature's fireworks light up the sky, collect them outside and examine them up close! Free.
July 20-23 Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom, see below for details.
July 24 Moths at Midnight 10 pm-11:30 pm
Discover the nocturnal life of moths & explore in the field with lights Free.
October 17 Intro to Birding, 10 am - noon
All about birds ... families welcome! Call to register. Free.

Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom, July 20-23, 2015
For all adults who work with children ... Workshop participants may teach any grade level and have the opportunity to apply their new skills each day with a small group of interested students. This workshop is not just a learning opportunity for teachers - it is held in conjunction with the Summer Explorers Biology Camp for students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall. Working together as a team, we explore the many ways to use an outdoor classroom to enhance and strengthen a child's education. Participants receive 30 hours of clock hour instruction and workshop materials. Dormitory lodging is available for no charge. Instructors: ISD 544 Prairie Science Class teachers Mona Davis; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service educators Molly Stoddard and Dave Ellis. Registration opens in late winter at the Friends of PWLC web site, For more info, please contact

Other Resources

Environmental Education Cohort
Join a dedicated group of educators focused on integrating and embedding environmental education and outdoor instruction into every day teaching practice. This group usually meets the first Saturday of each month from 9:30-12:00 noon at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. For an updated list of session dates, locations, and themes, please go to Come prepared to spend a bit of time outdoors at each session. Note: Those who attend at least 3 sessions are eligible to receive a classroom set of Jeffers Journals for your students. To learn more about the Jeffers Foundation go to Call Suzanne Trapp at (952) 361-4502 for more information and to register. REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED to ensure they have teaching materials for you. Register online at

Phenology Calendars Available Again for 2015!
The Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar incorporates Aldo Leopold and Nina Leopold Bradley's average dates for phenological events in Wisconsin, paired with stunning wildlife photography. This year, we partnered with Wisconsin Wetlands Association to feature wetland signal species. Each month, learn a new plant or animal that can help to tell you if your wetland is healthy. Order yours from the Aldo Leopold Foundation store,

Words on Fire: Fire Island Wilderness Poetry Slam
Join three teen poets from New York City on an adventure to the wilderness of Fire Island National Seashore. Here, these young city dwellers discover a natural sanctuary sheltered from the fast paced frenzy of urban life. And it's only a train ride away! As Ramya, Gabe and Sergio explore this coastal wilderness with spoken word poetry, each begins to form a deeper understanding of their personal relationship to the natural world.


Brought to You by...
This seasonal environmental education (EE) e-mail is provided by the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If you know of other educators who may be interested in receiving this e-mail, we welcome you to forward this message to them or ask them to send an e-mail to with their name, school district, grade level(s), subjects, and city/state. We also welcome your feedback at anytime. If there is something in particular that you would like us to share, please let us know.

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Check it out and "like" us! We post announcements of visiting schools, nature discoveries, student journal quotes, photos, and/or events on a daily basis. You will know you have the official page when you see the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service emblem in the profile photo.

"This sudden plash into pure wildness - baptism in Nature's warm heart - how utterly happy it made us! Nature streaming into us, wooingly teaching her wonderful glowing lessons... . Here without knowing it we were still at school; every wild lesson a love lesson... ."

John Muir, The Story of My Boyhood and Youth

Fall/Winter Call of the North Newsletter

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The Call of the North Fall Winter 2014.pdf is the quarterly newsletter of the North Country Trail Association for North Dakota & Minnesota.

Nov. The LEAFlet

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Fall Water Resources News

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From Shore to Shore Newsletter

Greetings Shoreland and Water Quality Steward!

The Fall issue of the "From Shore to Shore" newsletter is now posted on the website for you to view and/or download. To access it, please go to:

This issue includes the following articles:
Small Town, Big Project: Reducing Pollutants Entering the Blue Earth River
Green Infrastructure for Clean Water: Costs & Benefits to our Communities
What's being done about Asian Carp?
Low Salt Diet: What is Nine Mile Creek Doing
SNAPSHOTS: Water Resources Team Programming & Research - Recent Past & Upcoming Opportunities

Please feel free to share the newsletter with others; reproduce articles for other newsletters (please credit "From Shore to Shore" as the source); and submit shoreland and water quality articles, pictures of projects, upcoming local events, and suggestions for topics for upcoming issues. Your input and feedback are always welcome!

If you have difficulty accessing the website, please let me know. Also, please notify Heidi Olson-Manska,, if your email address changes. If you wish to unsubscribe to this newsletter, please send an email to with "Unsubscribe to From Shore to Shore" in the subject line.

Karen Terry, Extension Educator-Water Resource Team
University of Minnesota Extension
Regional Office, Morris
WC Research/Outreach Ctr.
46352 State Highway 329
Morris, MN 56267

Voice: 320-589-1711
Fax: 320-589-4870

2014 Lake Friendly Awards Winners Announced

The Lake Friendly Awards Committee proudly announced the 2014 Lake Friendly Award Winners at a Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network-sponsored event on October 9, 2014. This was the 12th consecutive year of recognition of lake friendly activities by citizens and collaborations of organizations to protect our area water resources.

Winners were selected in several categories this year as follows. In the category of Lake Friendly Stewardship, Margaret Blistain and Peter Berg were recognized for shoreland restoration to native vegetation on Bay Lake in Crow Wing County. For Lake Friendly Protection Strategy, Crow Wing County and Dan Steward were recognized for the innovative 2013 Crow Wing County Water Plan. The Water Plan created a methodology to prioritize protection and restoration implementation efforts for the county. This plan provides opportunity to measure and quantify implementation efforts. Also in the category of Lake Friendly Protection Strategy, the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program, Camp Ripley Area, was recognized for protecting the rural character of Morrison, Crow Wing and Cass counties. Their partnership has maintained and improved water quality and habitat along the Mississippi, Crow Wing, Gull and Nokasippi rivers.

In the category for River Stewardship, the Brainerd Rotary Club, was recognized for their efforts in protecting land from development along the Mississippi River including wetlands downstream from Buffalo Creek. They purchased the land and donated it to the City of Brainerd which will maintain it as a park with trails and wildlife viewing.

John Allen, Bar Harbor on Gull Lake in Cass County, was recognized in the category of Lake Friendly Lakescaping for installing a shoreland buffer and rain gardens. Also in the category of Lake Friendly Lakescaping, Charles and Julie Costa were recognized for their work in restoring shoreland on Lake Ossawinnamakee in Crow Wing County by adding two rain gardens and a shoreline buffer on their property.

At this event, honors were given in memory of Alan Cibuzar, Chief Executive Officer, A.W. Research Laboratories (1971-2014) and Image Engineering, Inc. (1981-2014). Mr. Cibuzar dedicated his life and work to sustaining the quality of Minnesota lakes.

The awards event was also highlighted by an engaging presentation by Paul Radomski, author of Lakeshore Living: Designing Lake Places and Communities in the Footprints of Environmental Writers. Radomski shared facts about the impacts on our lakes and strategies for maintaining clean water and healthy water resources into the future.

Partners for the Lake Friendly Awards include Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society, Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, Jerry Raedeke, Minnesota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Nongame Wildlife Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources consecutive year of recognition of lake friendly activities by Section of Fisheries, The Nature Conservancy and the University of Minnesota Extension.

Source: Eleanor Burkett, Extension educator/specialist in water resources, U of M Extension Regional Office, Brainerd, MN (218)828-2326,

Discovery Farms Minnesota helps farmers protect water quality and soil fertility

Discovery Farms in Minnesota are capturing real-world data on water run-off from Minnesota farm fields.

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Column: Imagine how it could be

How clean do we need our lakes and rivers to be before we're satisfied we've accomplished our goals? Is it enough that they don't catch on fire, or do we hold the bar a bit higher? Early in the morning, beneath a blanket of stars, it's easy to dream big and imagine things as they could be.

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Events Calendar

Flux32 - Introductory
Date: November 19, 2014
Location: Chanhassen, MN
Contact: Shahram Missaghi

Flux32 - Advanced
Date: January 14, 2015
Location: TBD
Contact: Shahram Missaghi

32nd Annual Red River Basin Land & Water International Summit Conference
Date: January 20-22, 2015
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Contact: Leah Thvedt

Shoreland Buffer Basics
Date: February 5, 2015
Location: Windom, MN
Contact: Karen Terry, 218-770-9301,

Partnership for River Restoration & Science in the Upper Midwest Symposium
Date: February 8-11, 2015
Location: Dubuque, Iowa
Contact: Barbara Heitkamp

Linking Land Use and Water Quality
Date: March 25 or 26, 2015
(same workshop each day)
Location: Fulda, MN
Contact: Karen Terry, 218-770-9301,

Let It Rain: Using Rain Gardens & Rain Barrels
Date: May 29, 2015
Location: Windom, MN
Contact: Karen Terry, 218-770-9301,

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