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Reminder to take Forest Insect & Disease Newsletter Survey

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Gentle reminder: we sent a request to take a survey in the latest Forest Insect and Disease Newsletter. If you have already taken this survey, way to go and thank you very much!

If you've been waiting for the right moment, it's now! Please take our survey by Thursday, Dec. 17. Your opinion matters to us, and now is your chance to let us know just what you want.

Thanks and best wishes,

DNR Forest Health Team

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

Dec ArbLINK

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

DO YOU NEED VOLUNTEER HOURS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?
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 info@northlandarb.org 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!

With that said, we wish a MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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!

Dec Maplewood Parks and Rec Activities

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Letters for Santa (Ages 2-10)
AT MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Calling all boys and girls! Bring your wish lists and join us for our Letters for Santa get together. Our elves will have everything that you need to write and decorate the perfect letter to Santa - we'll even mail it for you! Enjoy holiday stories and delicious treats while you create. Parents are welcome to stay. Children must be potty trained if parents choose to leave. Cost is $5.00

Santa's Workshop Party (Ages 3-10)
AT MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Hey kids, join us for breakfast treats while your parents are out holiday shopping or working out at the MCC. Join Santa and the gang for a razzle-dazzle good ol' time. We'll have a visit from Santa, games, musics, movies, arts and crafts, holiday stories and much more! Bring an unwrapped girft for Toys for Tots and you'll receive a special prize. Cost is $10.00 ($7.00 for MCC members).

Just Go! Sports (Ages 3-6)
AT MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER
MONDAYS, JANUARY 5 - FEBRUARY 9, 5:00PM - 5:45PM

Join your child in a fun, non-competitive environment that will introduce them to the world of sports. Children and their parents will participate in fun games and drills using special equipment designed for younger children. Max 8 participants. Parents must accompany child during classes. Cost is $45.00 ($35.00 for MCC members).

Gym & Swim (Ages 3-6)
AT MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER
MONDAYS, JANUARY 5 - FEBRUARY 9, 5:45PM - 6:45PM
Give your active preschooler the opportunity to burn some energy in this great class! Fun gym games and plenty of splashing in the pool is bound to make for a fabulous day. Please have your child dressed with a swimsuit under their clothes. Cost is $50.00 ($40.00 for MCC members).

Youth Soccer Clinic (Ages 4-12)
AT MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER
THURSDAYS, JANUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 12
In these clinics your child will learn the basic fundamentals of each sport. Step-by-step instruction an d fun games will help each student learn proper technique while having fun! Each participant will receive a clinic shirt! Cost is $55.00 ($45.00 for MCC members).
Ages 4-6 : 5:30PM - 6:25PM
Ages: 7-9: 6:30PM - 7:25PM
Ages 10-12: 7:30PM - 8:25PM

Beginner Group Guitar Lessons
(Adults, Teens, and Kids 10+)
AT MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER
THURSDAYS, JANUARY 22 - FEBRUARY 26
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Give the Gift of Music! Looking for a fun, out of the box gift for someone this holiday season? Give the gift of music with these affordable beginner group guitar lessons! Learn to play chords, songs and tune your guitar with easy instructions. Participants are required to bring their own guitar. Cost is $83.00 ($73.00 for MCC members).

New Year's Party at the Nature Center
(Families w/ children ages 3-10)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Bring in the New Year with fun indoor and outdoor activities, treats, crafts, music, and games including a glow in the dark scavenger hunt. We'll provide hotdogs and a campfire. You provide the laughter and the New Year's stories! Cost is $15.00 per family. Registration deadline is December 30.


Build a Birdfeeder (Grades 2+ w/ Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 10:00AM - 11:00AM
OR 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Perfect for small scout groups! Build a birdfeeder with reclaimed cedar fencing. Birdfeeders make a cherished homemade gift for a special someone, or are wonderful to keep for your own winter enjoyment! Learn about our native winter birds. Cost is $5.00 per birdfeeder. Registration deadline is December 11.

Register for activities here.

For more information on upcoming programs, events, and hosting a birthday party at the Nature Center call 651.249.2170

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

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Call 320-245-2648 or email audubon1@audubon-center.org 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:
888-404-7743

Visit the Calendar of Events on our website:
audubon-center.org/calendar

Email us:
info@audubon-center.org

Forest Insect & Disease Newsletter

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Speak out and help us improve how we communicate!
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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

Dec. SEEK Bulletin

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Happy Holidays from SEEK!
On behalf of all SEEK Partners, we would like to thank you for your support and dedication to environmental education in Minnesota.

Blessings this Holiday Season,
Colleen Schoenecker, SEEK Coordinator

In this issue:

Hormel Nature Center
Professional Development
EE News
General Resources
Funding Resources

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_eidal@fws.gov. 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 http://monarchwatch.org 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, http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/2ndMonarchs.pdf.


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 prairiewet@fws.gov.
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, www.friendsofprairiewetlands.com. For more info, please contact molly_stoddard@fws.gov.


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 www.fws.gov/refuge/minnesota_valley. 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 www.jeffersfoundation.org. 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 www.surveymonkey.com/s/EECohort2014-15


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, http://www.aldoleopold.org/store/2015-phenology-calendar/


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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y1xjTP3IvY&feature=youtu.be


Housekeeping

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 prairiewet@fws.gov 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.


Find us on Facebook
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

Western Monarch Count

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HOW MANY MONARCHS? ONE...TWO...THREE...

A new web site is launched to support volunteers counting monarchs in California -- and new energy is brought to monarch conservation in the United States thanks to a memo from the president.

Knowing how many monarch butterflies there are and where they overwinter is vital information that shapes protection efforts. Monarchs ranging from British Columbia to Arizona migrate primarily to the California coast, where they overwinter in wooded groves scattered from San Diego to Mendocino. The Western Monarch Count is an annual citizen-science project that collects data on the status of these monarchs during the overwintering season. Xerces has launched the Western Monarch Count web site to support this effort and help coordinate the count.

The height of this volunteer effort occurs during three weeks surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. Those three weeks are starting now -- and you could join in! Roughly 100 overwintering sites are monitored each year, but we know of approximately 450 sites that monarchs are currently using or have used in the past. With your help we can monitor more sites and paint a clearer picture of the status of this vital monarch habitat. The new website allows volunteers to find sites to monitor, read information about those sites, and contact regional count coordinators. The project will also use social media to enable volunteers to connect with each other and share count information.

In the last year, a revived energy has been brought to monarch conservation in North America -- in large part due to President Obama issuing a memorandum that directs U.S. government agencies to do what they can to protect the butterfly. Xerces has been protecting monarchs since the 1980s, placing us in a good position to help. Through the Monarch Joint Venture, Xerces is helping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Mexican agencies revise the tri-national North American Monarch Conservation Plan. We are also assisting other federal agencies to develop monarch conservation strategies (including the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forest Service) and collaborating with NatureServe to complete a status review of the monarch in North America.

But don't worry if you are not able to help count monarchs this fall, there are still things you can do to conserve monarchs:


  • Help map milkweed. Each spring, monarchs leave the California coast and disperse across several western states, searching for milkweed plants on which to lay their eggs. We are also searching for milkweed plants and creating maps of likely monarch breeding areas. You can help with this by contributing to the Milkweed Survey in spring and summer.

  • Plant native milkweed. This can be in your backyard, at your workplace, or at your school. Find sources of local, native milkweed seed in your state using our Milkweed Seed Finder.

  • Plant native flowers. Monarchs need nectar to provide energy to migrate, breed, and overwinter. For information about which flowers to plant, visit the Bring Back the Pollinators web page.

  • Avoid using insecticides and herbicides. These may kill butterflies or caterpillars, or kill the plants that monarchs use for nectaring or breeding.

  • Get involved in another citizen science project. The Western Monarch Count web site has a directory of projects in other parts of the continent.

  • Support the Xerces Society's monarch conservation efforts.

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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Your Online Source for K-12 Forestry Education News, Stories and Resources can be viewed here.

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: http://shorelandmanagement.org/shore_shore/

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, olsonh@umn.edu, if your email address changes. If you wish to unsubscribe to this newsletter, please send an email to olsonh@umn.edu 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
Email: kterry@umn.edu
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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.
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Source: Eleanor Burkett, Extension educator/specialist in water resources, U of M Extension Regional Office, Brainerd, MN (218)828-2326, burke044@umn.edu.


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.

Read more at: http://minnesotacornerstone.com/?p=2327


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.

Read more at: http://stillwatergazette.com/2014/11/06/imagine-how-it-could-be/


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Events Calendar


Flux32 - Introductory
Date: November 19, 2014
Location: Chanhassen, MN
Contact: Shahram Missaghi
952-221-1333, miss0035@umn.edu

Flux32 - Advanced
Date: January 14, 2015
Location: TBD
Contact: Shahram Missaghi
952-221-1333, miss0035@umn.edu

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

Shoreland Buffer Basics
Date: February 5, 2015
Location: Windom, MN
Contact: Karen Terry, 218-770-9301,
kterry@umn.edu

Partnership for River Restoration & Science in the Upper Midwest Symposium
Date: February 8-11, 2015
Location: Dubuque, Iowa
Contact: Barbara Heitkamp
bkb0811@umn.edu

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,
kterry@umn.edu

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


For the most current calendar items and more details, visit http://www1.extension.umn.edu/environment/water/

Nov My Minnesota Woods

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Check out the lasted issue of My Minnesota Woods here.

Nov Northland Arboretum Newsletter

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Below is the link to our November ArbLINK newsletter. Simply click on the link and it will take you to our November Newsletter. If you are not a member of the arb yet, PLEASE consider becoming one today

*** Give to the Max Day
Minnesota is home to Give to the Max Day, a 24-hour online give-a-thon. Visit https://www.givemn.org/organization/Paul-Bunyan-Arboretum on November 13 and give to the Northland Arboretum. (If you are eager, you can actually start donating on November 1.)

Your donation on Give to the Max Day also may help us receive an additional donation of $1,000. How? On November 13, every gift made on GiveMN.org will be entered into an hourly drawing for a $1,000 GiveMN Golden Ticket to be awarded to a non-profit organization. That adds up to 24 opportunities for you to help us receive an extra $1,000!

Here's the really exciting part: At the end of the Give to the Max Day, one donation made on GiveMN.org will be randomly selected to receive a $10,000 Super-Sized GiveMN Golden Ticket. The more gifts we generate on GiveMN.org on November 13, the more our chances increase to receive that additional $10,000 donation. Imagine what we could do with $10,000!

*** PLEASE NOTE: The Northland Arboretum Visitor Center will be closed November 27 and 28 so our employees can enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with their families.

*** Our Compost Site will remain open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm through November 14th.
Please be sure to stop by the visitor center when bringing your leaves and grass clippings as our compost site has been moved.

*** DONATIONS:
Cleaning out your house and garage? Remember the Arboretum as you go through items - they can be dropped off any time Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. You will receive a letter showing your donation for your use as you prepare you taxes.
We can use the following:
ANY items that are like new that would make great silent auction items. We have silent auctions at a couple of our fundraisers throughout the year.
ANY items for garden use - including tools, power tools, tractors, mowers, etc. Please be sure that these items are usable and do not need a lot of work - we don't have the fund to repair broken motors, etc.
ANY tools and power items - these are used by our maintenance team. Anything from hammers and nails to welders and masks. If you are not sure, give us a call!
CRAFT ITEMS - including things like buttons, sea shells, paper, beads, sequins - again, if you are not sure, give us a call!
As always - your cash donation helps us out on purchasing items for the Visitor Center and Grounds!

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