Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District

by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A new program is being launched in Elk River to train citizens to prune trees in parks and other public spaces. The Citizen Pruner Program is a University of Minnesota pilot program. Four cities in Sherburne County have been selected to participate — Elk River, Big Lake, Princeton and Becker [...]

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The Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded grants to help protect and restore Minnesota’s streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater. They include: • $150,400 to reduce nitrogen leaching on cropland. • $86,250 for a Briggs Lake Chain restoration partnership. • $60,000 to implement a pasture and manure management program to reduce bacteria. • [...]

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•Tree survey in Elk River reveals a few surprises – click here. by Joni Astrup Associate Editor “Diversity is your friend in your yard because disease and insects spread from tree to tree to tree.” That’s advice from Gina Hugo, resource conservationist with the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District. The top five most common [...]

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•When it comes to selecting trees, ‘diversity is your friend’ – click here. by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A survey of trees in Elk River has yielded a few surprises. One is that the most prevalent type of tree in the city is spruce. A second is that there are fewer ash trees than anticipated. [...]

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Click here to see a list of upcoming home and garden events. by Joni Astrup Associate editor Gina Hugo calls it “the green menace” and says it’s not a question of if it will arrive in Elk River, but when. The menace is the emerald ash borer, and when it arrives it poses a threat [...]

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