Seven Mile Creek Watershed farmers share experiments in cover crops

9-18-2018 By Nancy Madsen It goes a bit against the grain for farmers to plant seed in the summer or fall. But for a handful of farmers in the Seven Mile Creek Watershed, planting cover crops in between rows of corn or soybeans is gaining traction. Cover crops, such as rye, turnips and wheat, have …read more →

The many benefits of a meandering creek

Until recently, canoeing the Minnehaha Creek included maneuvering polluted waters in a lengthy secluded ditch, along industrial backyards. Now, this same stretch brings you through the Minnehaha Creek Preserve, surrounded by thriving wetland grasses, amid eagles, deer and wood ducks. Central to the transformation is a re-meandered portion of the creek, between Meadowbrook and Louisiana …read more →

200 volunteers celebrated MPR Water Month by busting buckthorn

Two hundred volunteers came out to Valley Park in Mendota Heights to improve the water quality of the creek.  The event, co-sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio,  was the capstone celebration of MPR Water Month, an intensive focus on Minnesotans deep connections to water that included water-themed programming throughout April, on all MPR’s channels: news, music, …read more →

Environmental Trifecta at Carlos Avery WMA

Protecting drinking water, enhancing the outdoor experience, and restoring a native grass Outdoor enthusiasts know firsthand the value of Minnesota’s Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), which total 1.3 million acres of publicly-accessible prairies, wetlands, forests, and brush lands. But, all our state residents, aware or not, have a stake in these undeveloped lands. They are ideal …read more →

St. Peter Herald Volunteers at Seven Mile Creek preserve banks of creek

By NANCY MADSEN nmadsen@stpeterherald.com Jun 16, 2018 Houston and Hayley Matanowski waded through knee- to hip-high grasses, identifying, cutting and removing thistles and woody plants. The couple were two of about 40 volunteers who cleaned up the banks of Seven Mile Creek on Saturday morning. They volunteered through the Seven Mile Creek Watershed Partnership, a …read more →

Restoring oak forest gives way to a happy understory

Talahi Woods is an oak forest in Saint Cloud, adjacent to a recreational city park, with trails that open to a bluff view of the Mississippi River. The woods are owned by St. Cloud State University, often used as an outdoor classroom, as well as enjoyed by neighbors. A few years ago, the university began a …read more →