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October 28, 2019by ncdea

MICHIGAN, Missaukee CD – Mark Johnson, an agriscience instructor at Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District, is teaching his students about the industry of forestry; but they’re not just sitting in the classroom, he’s taking their work outside.

“School forests are one great way that schools can incorporate a natural resource curriculum into what otherwise might be a general science or environmental studies sort of class,” says Johnson.

In a recent poll by the Missaukee Conservation District, only some Wexford-Missaukee intermediate school district teachers know that they have this outdoor resource. That’s why the Missaukee Conservation District wants to raise awareness and help teachers for all ages take their lessons out of the classroom.

Source: Conservation District Creates Awareness about School Forests – 9 & 10 News



October 28, 2019by ncdea

MINNESOTA, Wabasha County swcd – It rained 10 inches here in July, twice as much as the year before, and the dike protecting Albert Carlson’s farmland along the Zumbro River didn’t stand a chance.

“Every year it comes up and floods, but this is the first time it tore a hole like this,” said Carlson, standing atop the ruined dike, looking down into a pool of water 80 feet wide and at least 10 feet deeper than the level of his 120 acres of farmland.

“Those berms, they weren’t really built to withstand the weather events and peak flows and flooding that’s happening,” said Terri Peters, district manager for the Wabasha County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Source: In SE. Minnesota, swollen river threatens to reclaim cropland – StarTribune.com



October 5, 2019by ncdea

OHIO, Richland SWCD – Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is partnering again with the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI) to collect common milkweed seed pods to help foster habitats for Monarch butterflies.

Milkweed seed pods are starting to mature to the point where they can be harvested. Start scouting fields and if pods appear slightly gray and are dried out they are ready to pick.

Seeds inside should be brown before harvesting. Last year’s massive statewide seed collection effort was spearheaded by the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI), which is working to get the word out about why monarch butterflies are disappearing and help partners create monarch habitat.

Source: Richland Soil & Water Conservation District collecting milkweed seed pods | Education | richlandsource.com


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