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A Lawns to Legumes Story: Creating My Pollinator Garden

A recipient of a state Lawns to Legumes cost-share grant shares how she came to plant her pollinator garden. Lawns to Legumes, a program through the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, supports residents to create pollinator habitat in their yards. I grew up on a small Minnesota farm and have always enjoyed being…  Read More

Cities support more native biodiversity than previously thought

Science Daily The rapid conversion of natural lands to cement-dominated urban centers is causing great losses in biodiversity. Yet, according to a new study involving 147 cities worldwide, surprisingly high numbers of plant and animal species persist and even flourish in urban environments — to the tune of hundreds of bird species and thousands of…  Read More

Colorful, no-fuss raingardens in Savage

Diane Hrabe Jason and Nancy Rich of Savage like to garden much more than they like to mow. So instead of grass, their yard includes a number of basins of deep-rooted plants native to Minnesota. These plants need little fuss or weeding, are able to withstand both dry and soggy conditions, have very deep roots…  Read More

2014 draft Impaired Waters List now available

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has posted the 2014 draft Impaired Waters List on the Impaired Waters List webpage.   Updated every two years, Impaired Waters List consists three major components: the 303(d) (TMDL) List, the Inventory of Impaired Waters, and an “Appendix A” (waterbodies part of the Statewide Mercury…  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

U of M Arboretum expands base in Chanhassen by 78 acres

Tom Meersman, Star Tribune The University of Minnesota facility’s $4.3 million purchase includes ‘spectacular’ native forest, shoreline and wetlands.   The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen has sprouted a new addition. The 55-year-old public garden and research center purchased 78 acres in a $4.3 million land deal, officials announced Tuesday. The land includes…  Read More

Vacant Lots Get a Green Makeover

ideastream Vacant lots are a big problem for cities with population loss, like Cleveland, where researchers are tinkering with those spaces to revitalize neighborhoods and improve the environment. Anne Glausser reports for QUEST Science. Then ideastream’s Tony Ganzer speaks with Terry Schwarz, director of Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.   Vacant lots are a big problem…  Read More