Burning the Prairie

For thousands of years, prairie fires were common across much of Minnesota. Some were naturally-occurring events and some were set by Native Americans as a way to rejuvenate the prairie. Many of today’s landowners use prescribed fires to restore the land. A few weeks ago we joined Dr. Dick Huston as he held a prescribed [...]

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A Link Between Fish and Forest

Parts of this first appeared in our print Mid-Year Review. Sign up for Land Trust print and online publications and get updates on what’s happening with conservation across our state! It’s prophetic, in a way, that Candace Gouze’s birthday falls on Earth Day. After all, she’s led her family’s extraordinary efforts to protect their own [...]

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What’s Bugging my Trees?

This article originally appeared in the print version of the 2019 Landowner Newsletter. Minnesota Forests Overview According to the 2017 USDA Forests of Minnesota Resource Update, approximately 17.7 million acres (35%) of Minnesota’s total land is forested. While forests predominate in the northern and eastern part of Minnesota, forest and woodland areas can be found [...]

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Maidenhair Fern

What’s that plant?

Have you ever found yourself face to face with a plant or animal track that you just can’t place? Have you heard familiar birdsong you wish you could Shazam? Well thanks to your smartphone, you don’t have to have a degree in natural sciences to become more familiar with the world outside (and yes, there’s [...]

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Generation Z in Nature

by Katherine Solohub, May-program high school intern at the Minnesota Land Trust In ninth grade as a part of a religion course at my school, I was asked when religion is most present in my life. Although the two words are frequently considered to be synonymous, I do not consider myself a religious person, but [...]





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