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Women farmland owners in southeast Minnesota invited to free conservation discussion and field tour July 23 in Northfield

Women Caring for the LandWomen who own or manage farmland in southeast Minnesota are invited to a free conservation discussion and field tour on Tuesday, July 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. West, Northfield, MN. Coffee and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. A free lunch is provided. The program will end with wrap-up and dessert at 3:30 p.m.

RSVP ASAP to me, Beth Kallestad, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, at (507) 786-3913, or email me at beth@crwp.net.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network is sponsoring the meeting as part of its Women Caring for the Land series, in collaboration with the Land Stewardship Project, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, and the Center for Rural Affairs. Funding comes from a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Women now own or co-own 25 to 50% of the farmland in the Midwest, and an increasing number of them are sole owners. “We have worked with women landowners for 15 years,” says Leigh Adcock, WFAN executive director. “They are some of the most dedicated conservationists in the region, but are typically overlooked with traditional conservation outreach, which is targeted at the tenant farmer.”

Women Caring for the Land meetings bring together women landowners in an informal, discussion-based learning format for a morning discussion, followed by a more in-depth look at the two or three topics of most interest. Female conservation professionals are on hand to answer questions and share resources. Following lunch, area conservationists lead a bus tour to view practices on the ground. Topics for discussion range from managing soil and water conservation, wildlife management and government cost-share programs, to how to talk with tenants about changing management practices.

“If I’d have known it would be so interesting, I would’ve brought a lot of friends along,” said one participant. Another said, “Thank you for explaining things in a way I could understand.”

For more conservation information from WFAN for women farmland owners, visit the program’s website, www.womencaringfortheland.org.

Celebrate State Water Trails – Paddle with CRWP

State_Water_Trails_50th42013 is the 50th anniversary of the Minnesota State Water Trails system, the first and largest in the nation.  State Water Trails are recreational routes on waterways that are managed for canoeing, kayaking, boating and camping.  They include a network of public water accesses, campsites and rest areas. They thrive on the support of local units of government, paddling clubs, nonprofits and outfitters.  In the Cannon River watershed we are fortunate to have two State Water Trails:  the Cannon River and the Straight River.

To celebrate this anniversary Cannon River Watershed Partnership is hosting some paddles on June 22nd and 23rd.  Join us for a leisurely paddle exploring our wonderful waters!

There is no cost to join us (unless you need to rent a canoe or kayak) but preregistration is required by June 20th so we can plan out shuttling needs.  Register by contacting Alana at (507) 786-3916 or alana@crwp.net.

No one under the age of 18 without adult supervision.  Life jackets/PFDs required. We will do a brief safety review at each site but paddling lessons are not part of this event.  CRWP volunteers will be there to help people get in and out of the water and manage shuttling.

More details and information on canoe and kayak rental can be found at www.crwp.net, click on News and Events.

June 22nd

Route 1 – Cannon River – Cannon River Wilderness Area Park to Northfield

Route 2 – Cannon River – Cannon Falls to Welch

June 23rd

Straight River – Clinton Falls to Medford

Trout stream feedback session

Rice Creek Trout SurveyOn June 4, Bridgewater Township invites the public to a feedback session on next steps to improve and protect Rice Creek (Spring Brook). The session will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 500 Railway Street South, Dundas.

Rice Creek is the only trout stream in Rice County, but its health is threatened. The session will give you an opportunity to learn about the stream and provide input on plans to improve it. To spark your ideas, researchers will share findings from a two-year study of local brook trout, their habits and habitat.

How healthy is the trout population? Does their habitat need improvement? Where and when are pollutant levels highest? What is the source of cold water that trout prefer? What actions should we take and in what order? We will discuss these questions and more.

The Rice Creek Assessment Project is sponsored by Bridgewater Township, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Saint Olaf College, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Trout Unlimited.  The project received a Clean Water Partnership grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  The Rice Creek Concerned Citizens Group, Rice County, and other groups and volunteers are participating.

Introduction to kayaking: free CRWP course on May 22

CRWP-kayaking-flyerSpring is finally here.  It’s time to get out and enjoy our wonderful watershed.  The Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) invites you to learn to kayak in a relaxed setting on May 22nd – 6 PM – 7:30 PM.

Instructors: Marshall Wright (ACA instructor) and Betsy Wright.

Where: 5351 Elkton Trail, Faribault, MN.

Cost: FREE to CRWP members.  To become a member go to the CRWP website.

If you are not a member of CRWP, the cost per person is $10. Please register through CRWP by emailing beth@crwp.net or (507) 786-3913.

Class size is limited to 16 participants.

Kayaking is a popular recreational activity for people of all ages. To enjoy kayaking safely you need knowledge, training and the ability to make informed decisions about wind, weather and waves. Proper boat selection based on the type of activity you wish to pursue in your kayak is an important consideration.

We will explain the different types of kayaks and terminology used to describe boat features and attributes. We will cover materials and boat “fit” and the different paddle designs available. We will have several kayaks for attendees to sit in to get the feel of the cockpit. And we will have a wide range of safety equipment–beyond life jackets (“pfds”).

We will also provide referrals to reputable sources for on-the-water training, outfitting and group touring. If time allows, Marshall will demonstrate a basic kayaking skill set on the water (if the ice is out on Cannon Lake and the air temperature is comfortable for class attendees) or in the pool.

Experiencing the water from the seat a of kayak is special. You are actually “in” the water, which is a unique point of view. Kayaking allows access to areas that can’t be reached by motorized craft or by hiking. It’s a silent sport that leaves a light footprint on the environment. Come learn about kayaking!

CRWP to offer rain barrel workshops

blue barrel-1RainBarrelWinnersSteeleFair_Aug2011-1Help clean up the Cannon River and collect free soft water for your flower gardens.  Join the Cannon River Watershed Partnership in learning about runoff and the benefits of rain barrels for water conservation and gardening.  Go home with a fully assembled 55-gallon plastic rain barrel and the knowledge that YOU are doing something for clean water.  

Northfield workshops will be held:

April 20th at 1:00 PM at First UCC Church, 300 Union Street as part of the Earth Day Celebration.  Register by emailing beth@crwp.net or call (507) 786-3913. Cost is $40.

April 30th at 7 PM at  the Northfield Community Resource Center, Room 225. Register through Northfield Community Services, #3275-W13A,  Cost is $45.

Space is limited so register soon!   For costs, dates and locations of workshops in other cities go to Cannon River Watershed Partnership or call (507) 786-8400.

Celebrate spring with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership

While it may not look much like spring today it’s coming soon – really!  Cannon River Watershed Partnership has some fabulous opportunities for you to get outdoors, explore the watershed and celebrate spring. 

Introduction to Kayaking – April 17th – 6 PM

Instructors: Marshall Wright (ACA instructor) and Betsy Wright.

Where: 5351 Elkton Trail, Faribault, MN.

Cost: FREE to CRWP members.  To become a member go to the CRWP website.

If you are not a member of CRWP, the cost per person is $10. Please register through CRWP by emailing beth@crwp.net or (507) 786-3913.

Class size is limited to 16 participants.

Details on the CRWP website Calendar.

Earth Day 5K Fun Run/Walk – April 20th

crwp-earth-day-5k-logo 1Time: 8:00 AM (registration), 9:00 AM (Run/Walk)

Registration: $15.00 by April 12, 2013, $18.00 after April 12th

Location: Sakatah Singing Hills Trail at Shager Park,

Faribault, MN. The park is located on Hwy 60 ~ 2 miles west of the Faribault city limits.

T-shirts: Will be available to the first 100 registrants

Registration: www.crwp.net/earth-day-5k/

A time clock will display times at finish, but no official times will be kept.

Proceeds benefit the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.

Cannon River Watershed Partnership Winter Thaw event rescheduled

Cannon River WineryThe Cannon River Watershed Partnership’s annual Winter Thaw – Wine Tasting and Auction that was originally planned for January 27th has been rescheduled to February 17, 2013 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at the Cannon River Winery, 421 Mill Street West in Cannon Falls.

Join us for a tantalizing wine tasting and auction experience. Enjoy a fabulous afternoon with friends sampling local wines from the Cannon River Winery and local foods from Thousand Hills Cattle Company and more, while bidding on fantastic auction items to support CRWP’s work for clean water.

Tickets are $30 each or two for $50. To purchase tickets contact Leslie at leslie@crwp.net or (507) 786-3915. Tickets will be available at the door as well.

CRWP’s Connecting With The Creek project needs your votes on Facebook

Vote for Connecting with the Creek project on FacebookCannon River Watershed Partnership is planning to roll out a new project in 2013 that we are calling Connecting With The Creek.  Our goal is to engage people at a young age so they can gain a life-long appreciation of their watershed.  With this project, youth will be engaged through interactive, after-school and summer sessions to experience nature in a deeper way. Hands-on activities will allow them to touch, see, smell, and hear the creek as they learn about its health and what lives there.

Now we just need to find the funding to make it happen!  We’ve applied through Nature’s Path EnviroKidz to win a grant for $10,000 that will help get this off the ground. 

YOU can help us win this grant by voting for the project on Facebook from December 1 – December 15th.

Go to the Connecting With the Creek entry on Facebook and vote for our project.

The top 20 projects will move on to the next round of selection by the Nature’s Path selection committee.

Environmental Congress Citizen Forums Need You

A few weeks ago most of us went to the polls and elected someone else to represent us in the state and federal government as members of the Minnesota Legislature, the US Senate and House of Representatives.  We hope that they will convey what matters to us to these governing bodies.  Sometimes we have opportunities to speak to these elected officials and the agency staff who carry out the work of government and voice our opinions.  Over the next few weeks the Environmental Congress of the State of Minnesota is giving us a chance to do just that.  So just what is this Environmental Congress?  As it turns out, Minnesota law instructs the state Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to hold and Environmental Congress to:

  • Assess Minnesota’s progress toward improving and sustaining clean air, clean water, and clean energy in our communities
  • Engage Minnesotans in constructive public dialogue about our state’s environmental and economic health
  • Identify environmental challenges and opportunities to improve and sustain the health of Minnesota’s natural resources and quality of life
  • Define a vision, and recommend specific policy changes to learn from our past, build on our strengths, and leave a legacy for future generations of Minnesotans

The EQB will be presenting an environmental and energy “Report Card” at Citizen Forums around the state over the next few weeks to talk about the report card which measures Minnesota’s performance in clean air, clean water, and clean energy.  These Citizen Forums are our chance to engage in conversations and give feedback on the report card findings and share our thoughts on these important environmental issues.  The EQB will use this feedback as they host the Environmental Congress in March 2013.  For information about dates, locations and more information on the Environmental Congress go to http://mn.gov/EnvironmentalCongress/forum.html.

Some Cannon River Watershed Partnership staff and members are planning to attend the sessions on November 27 in Rochester and Bloomington.  Want to join us?  Call me at (507)786-3913 or send me an email at beth@crwp.net.  Make your voice heard! 

Locations and Times:

Wood Lake Meeting Center – Oak Room, 210 Wood Lake Drive, Rochester – 9:30 AM – Noon

Normandale Community College – Kopp Student Union, 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington – 6:30PM – 9:00 PM

Refreshments will be served. Free Parking at both locations.