New and Expanded Wildlife Management Areas in Cannon River Watershed

St. Paul, MN: The Trust for Public Land, Great River Greening, and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership today announced the protection of nearly 280 acres in additional Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) to be managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This newly protected public land is available for people to get outside and […]

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Area Farmers Receive Grant to Study Maximizing Profit by Planting Cover Crops into Corn

By Alan Kraus, CRWP Conservation Program Manager Key to growing cover crops profitably is to use the vegetative growth of the cover crop (the biomass) as forage for livestock. Cover crops interseeded into corn provides a source of forage that is immediately available for livestock after the corn is harvested. This project will test the […]

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Cover Crop Grant To Help Keep Rivers Clean

By Alan Kraus, Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) Conservation Program Manager   From left: Alan Kraus, CRWP; Mark Purfeerst, Compeer; Shawn Lewis, Compeer; John Becker, Rice Creek farmer; Tim Little, Rice Creek farmer; Kristi Pursell, CRWP; Kevin Strauss, CRWP.   Increasingly, Minnesota farmers are being challenged to make a profit growing soybeans and corn while […]

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Efficient Anti-Icing

Making sure kids are safe at school has always been a top priority for Craig Nordstrom. A Bloomington resident since 1975, Craig joined the facilities staff at Bloomington Public Schools in the early ’90s. Throughout his career, he focused on finding cost-effective ways to ensure the safety of students and staff across the 17 buildings […]

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CRWP Hosting Perennial Row Crop Study

Kernza (Intermediate Wheatgrass) was planted on 15 acres by two area farmers in September 2018. Kernza is the registered tradename for an intermediate wheatgrass (scientific name Thinopyrum intermedium), that was developed by The Land Institute located in Salinas, Kansas – despite the name, it is not a species of wheat. The grain has a sweet, nutty […]

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2019 Downstream Environmental Film Festival

Get Your Tickets Now for the  2019 Downstream Environmental Film Festival This year’s Downstream Environmental Film Festival includes two events, more space, and new short films from Minnesota, U.S., and International Filmmakers. This year, space is limited, so please order your tickets now. Click Here.  UPSTREAM Dinner & Films Wednesday, Feb. 20th 6:00 pm, Imminent Brewing, […]

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Restoring Wildlife Management Areas in Cannon River Watershed

CRWP recently received news from the Minnesota DNR that Phelps Lake WMA and Big Woods Heritage Forest WMA were selected for funding through the Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program. CRWP was awarded $97,000 in grant funds to partner with Great River Greening (GRG) and possibly Conservation Corps of Minnesota to restore native habitats at these WMA’s over […]

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