Do you REALLY need to rake your leaves this Fall?

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Raking leaves is one of those fall chores that you likely aren’t thrilled about doing, especially if you have an abundance of trees. It seems that this time of year the question that always arises is if it’s really necessary. The short answer to that question is that…

SWCD provides assistance to help control new invasive plant species

Invasive plant species can cause harm to the economy, environment, and human health. Controlling the species can cost landowners, resource management agencies, and others, hundreds or thousands of dollars to help eliminate or prevent the invasive species from spreading. To help offset these costs, the Stearns County SWCD coordinates with public and private partners to…

Zebra mussels confirmed in Pleasant Lake in Wright County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Pleasant Lake, near Annandale in Wright County. A DNR inspection revealed numerous young of the year zebra mussels, one-quarter to one inch in length, on the south and west sides of the lake. Pleasant Lake is also one of 16 Minnesota lakes…

DNR invites deer hunters to share their wildlife observations this season

Participation helps broaden understanding of deer and a variety of Minnesota animals An online questionnaire will make it easier for Minnesota deer hunters to report wildlife they see during their hunts this year. “This is a simple, direct way for hunters to share their observations of deer and also broaden our knowledge about other Minnesota…

Dock and lift removal is an important time to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds lake property owners to check boats and trailers, docks, and boat lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when removing equipment for seasonal storage. While it’s always important to look for invasive species on boats, docks, and other equipment, it is especially important at this time…

Hunters encouraged to collect spruce grouse feathers for genetics study

Grouse season opens Sept. 19 Spruce grouse hunters in northern Minnesota’s boreal forests are being asked to voluntarily submit feather samples for a genetics research project being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the University of Minnesota. “Hunters who enjoy pursuing these birds are critical to the success of this…

DNR announces changes to camping and lodging reservation window

This equity-minded simplification will apply to reservations made on or after July 1 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is shortening its window for making reservations for camping and lodging to 120 days, or four months. Previously, customers could reserve campsites, cabins, yurts, tipis, and lodging facilities up to one year in advance. The…

Caution when around Wild Parsnip

By Karen Johnson, U of M Extension Educator, McLeod & Meeker Counties Wild parsnip, a noxious weed on the control list in Minnesota, has continued to spread throughout the state. Otherwise known as Pastinaca sativa, wild parsnip falls onto this list because of its characteristics. “The Minnesota Noxious Weed Law (Minnesota Statutes 18.75-18.91) defines a…

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