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American Goldfinch: Joy on Thistles and Quilts

The following essay is by environmental educator Nick Voss, Education & Outreach Coordinator at the Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization. Photo by Nick Voss. The American Goldfinch is a common neighborhood bird, familiar to many as a cheery visitor who’s happy to munch on an offering of birdseed. When paying a visit, they often…  Read More

Environmental Justice Hub

The Environmental Justice Hub (EJ Hub) is intended to be a co-created space to advance both personal and professional knowledge, understanding, language, and applications of equitable practices. This network of environmental professionals and community members aims to create a multi-level framework of our leadership, our partners, and our broader community that centers understanding and accountability…

Pollinator Meadows

Pollinator Meadows are expansive areas full of a diversity of native plants, much like the original prairie that covered the Great Plains. These can be started from seed, all at once. You may find, though,  that establishing one is easiest “bite by bite” by starting a smaller garden and then converting more turf to native…

Pocket Plantings

Pocket Plantings are a great way to introduce biodiversity in your yard. Starting small makes the project more manageable. It’s also easier to care for your garden as it establishes. As you gain experience, confidence, and (fingers crossed) a desire for more, it is always possible to expand the garden. First, consider where you’ll be…  Read More

Low Maintenance Turf

What is Low Maintenance Turf? Low maintenance turf functions as a typical lawn but is made up of species that require less water, fertilizers, pesticides, and mowing than Kentucky bluegrass. Most low maintenance lawns are a mix of fine and/or tall fescues, both cool season grasses that are shade and drought tolerant. The benefits of…

FAQS about the 2015 Transfer

Blue Thumb Update On May 27, 2015, the RCWD Board of Managers approved the Blue Thumb license and transfer agreement. The agreement begins with a two-year license period under which Metro Blooms will operate and manage the Blue Thumb program. In October 2017, the RCWD board will review Metro Blooms’ achievements as related to the…  Read More

A Conservation Leader in the St. Croix River Valley

Angie Hong Hundreds of school children know him for his apples and his dog Emmy. As a participant in the Farm to School program with the South Washington School District, Charles Johnson, owner of Whistling Well Farm in Denmark Township, invites groups of elementary school children to visit and learn about his farm, and he…  Read More