Land Conservation

Land Conservation
Long fall? Extended prescribed burn season!
The lingering fall this year gave us the rare opportunity to implement a fall burn at our Hastings River Flats prairie restoration. Here's why we jumped at the chance. Read more
Prairie fire, prescribed burn at Hastings River Flats
Minnesota's new climate goals are a great start — now it's time to follow through
The Walz administration's recently released Climate Action Framework is laudable. Now it's time to translate the framework into action. Read more
A farmer standing on a patch of grass on the edge of cropland, looking down into a stream that runs alongside it.
"Is it good or bad?" Rethinking language around invasive species
A deep dive into the term "invasive species" — species that spread rapidly, or species out of place — plus how we can revise the value judgments we place on them. Read more
Minnesota's 3 little lizards
There are about 150 native and non-native lizard species in North America. Only these three manage to survive the harsh Minnesota climate. Read more
A racerunner lizard at the Flint Hills Resources site.
Goldenrod or ragweed: Which causes allergies and which benefits pollinators?
Don't blame the wrong plant for that runny nose and itchy eyes. Read more
A close-up of a goldenrod plant in bloom.
Invasive species: Garlic mustard
Learn more about garlic mustard and how you can help restore balance for wildlife and water quality by removing these plants before they flower. Read more
Garlic mustard plants and stems
Think twice before removing that thistle

Not all thistles are invasive in Minnesota. Here's how you can tell if you're looking at one of our five native thistle species and why you should leave those species in the ground.  >>

Not all thistles are invasive in Minnesota. Here's how you can tell if you're looking at one of our few native thistle species. Read more

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Nicollet Island, Minneapolis
New date: Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 5 p.m.
Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights