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Carlton SWCD

Carlton SWCD Assist private landowners in protecting and enhancing the natural resources of Carlton County.

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Our Raingarden Workshop on March 31st is full. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, call 218-384-3891 or emai...
03/15/2022

Our Raingarden Workshop on March 31st is full. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, call 218-384-3891 or email [email protected].

Check out the Wilderness First Aid course offered at the Cloquet Forestry Center April 30-May 1.
03/14/2022

Check out the Wilderness First Aid course offered at the Cloquet Forestry Center April 30-May 1.

Wilderness First Aid is being offered at the Cloquet Forestry Center April 30th-May 1st through Longleaf Wilderness Medicine! If you enjoy the outdoors, this is a great course to prepare yourself for the unknowns that may occur to you, or someone you meet along the way when help isn't nearby.
See flyer or go to: https://www.longleafmedical.com/cloquet-wfa-apr-22.html

Photos from Cloquet Forestry Center's post
03/10/2022

Photos from Cloquet Forestry Center's post

03/07/2022

Have you heard that the 2022 Area 3 Envirothon is back this year? We are actively recruiting schools from Carlton County to join the list for this year's environmental competition. If you are interested in signing up for the 2022 Envirothon, please call Sam Horner at 218-384-3891.

03/07/2022

Did you know you can treat invasive buckthorn stems in the winter?
Certain herbicides can be used when the temperatures are below freezing, so even in the winter the plants will take in the herbicide and kill the roots, preventing re-sprouting!

The Buckthorn Blaster is a great tool for carefully applying herbicide directly to recently cut buckthorn stumps. Avoid treating buckthorn in May and June, as the herbicide will be less effective when the tree is putting out leaves. Always be sure to read the label before using any product!

Learn more about buckthorn management: mndnr.gov/invasives/terrestrialplants/woody/buckthorn/control.html

Tomorrow is our second Biochar Demonstration! We will be at the Cloquet Forestry Center at 10 am and we will be making b...
03/07/2022

Tomorrow is our second Biochar Demonstration! We will be at the Cloquet Forestry Center at 10 am and we will be making biochar. Feel free to attend the event if you want to be part of the biochar discussion in Carlton County!

Have you heard? We are having a Native Plant Kit and Seed Mix sale going on now through June 3rd! Choose from 9 plant ki...
03/06/2022

Have you heard? We are having a Native Plant Kit and Seed Mix sale going on now through June 3rd! Choose from 9 plant kits and 5 seed mixes and don't forget our limited edition pollinator t-shirt. Check out the online sale today, www.carltonswcd.org.

Last Thursday, Sam was able to demonstrate making biochar with the builders of our Oregon Kilns over at the Cromwell-Wri...
03/01/2022

Last Thursday, Sam was able to demonstrate making biochar with the builders of our Oregon Kilns over at the Cromwell-Wright Independent School. Four different classes and 80 different students were able to participate in the demonstration. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this such a great day!

Getting excited for spring planting? Check out our Native Plant Kit and Seed Mix Sale. We are taking orders until June 3...
03/01/2022
Welcome to Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District

Getting excited for spring planting? Check out our Native Plant Kit and Seed Mix Sale. We are taking orders until June 3rd.

Assisting landowners in protecting and enhancing the natural resources of Carlton County since 1961.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture and partner organizations are proposing to treat gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) infes...
02/14/2022
Proposed Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) Treatments (Current Year)

Minnesota Department of Agriculture and partner organizations are proposing to treat gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) infestations this spring at four sites in Northeastern Minnesota. The areas include 75 acres in Duluth, 500 acres in Cloquet, and two areas in Lake County that consist of 45,100 acres. Residents of these treatment areas are invited to a virtual meeting to learn more about the insect and treatment methods. A map of proposed treatment areas can be found here: https://mnag.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=169ac71fc13d4d3eb8d4558f40effb0e

Two virtual meeting options will be held on Tuesday, February 22 from 10 -11 am and 6:30 -7:30 pm. Links for these two events will be shared below.

https://minnesota.webex.com/webappng/sites/minnesota/meeting/register/67311900646a44c4b08e2d255965d148?ticket=4832534b00000005de8a12a0215d87eb69d2225410cdf670bb75e4fa72904774f8c3ac94465665a6×tamp=1644852349093&locale=en_US

https://minnesota.webex.com/webappng/sites/minnesota/meeting/register/f660806dd41a4d2bb5323dff0e513be4?ticket=4832534b00000005e78c255b3e8f23a159ee70605c811c20b9fb9ebff22dda5ee4b5c4793234f041×tamp=1644852367556&locale=en_US

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), in collaboration with federal, state, and local partners, works to slow the spread of Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) populations through treatments. This application provides information about the type of and location of treatments for the current calend...

We are just under a month away from our Biochar Demonstration at the Cloquet Forestry Center. Come join us on March 8th ...
02/11/2022

We are just under a month away from our Biochar Demonstration at the Cloquet Forestry Center. Come join us on March 8th to learn about our Biochar Project!

Today at the SWCD, we worked with our newly built Oregon Kilns to create Biochar. Biochar is a charcoal like product tha...
02/08/2022

Today at the SWCD, we worked with our newly built Oregon Kilns to create Biochar. Biochar is a charcoal like product that can be made in these kilns by a process called pyrolysis. This process uses the heat and flames to char the biomass. Eventually, the flames are put out before the woody biomass is completely consumed. Biochar has been shown to help sequester Carbon, increase water and nutrient retention capabilities in soils, and it helps to reduce fuel loads. Our kilns were put together by students from the Cromwell-Wright Public School. Feel free to give Sam Horner a call if you want to learn more about Biochar or how we plan to use these kilns in the future.

March 1-3 is the 2022 Pollinator Summit!
02/04/2022

March 1-3 is the 2022 Pollinator Summit!

Here's an interesting talking about different options for what to do with your forested lands in the future. Give the Ca...
02/03/2022
Your Land, Your Legacy: 3 Options for Passing on Your Woodland

Here's an interesting talking about different options for what to do with your forested lands in the future. Give the Carlton SWCD a call to talk about different tax programs in Minnesota like SFIA, Class 2c Managed Forest Land, as well as other options. We can help point you in the right direction based on your needs for your forested lands.

Learn about your options and questions to ask yourself when considering the longterm legacy of your woodland.

Join us on Feb 17th to learn how we can all help our pollinators.
01/24/2022

Join us on Feb 17th to learn how we can all help our pollinators.

12/12/2021

Stargazing is a great way to slow down, get out of your head, and appreciate the night sky.

No equipment is needed for this free and simple activity. Scientific and Natural Areas make for ideal stargazing sites.

mndnr.gov/snas/map.html

Photo: A starry night sky at Cottonwood River Prairie SNA. Photo by Dale Bohlke.

mndnr.gov/snas/sna01054
#FindTheWildPlaces

12/09/2021

The Carlton SWCD January Reorganization Meeting and Regular Board Meeting will be held on January 10, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. in the Carlton SWCD Board Room.

Have you heard the owls lately?
12/08/2021
The Hooting Season: Enjoying Great Horned Owls

Have you heard the owls lately?

The breeding and nesting season for most birds is months away. But not so for great horned owls. Here's what you need to enjoy the hooting extravaganza at a park near you.

To learn more about pollinator habitat give Conservation Specialist Alyssa Bloss a call. Alyssa is a great resource and ...
12/08/2021
Strengthening Pollinator Habitats on Rural Land

To learn more about pollinator habitat give Conservation Specialist Alyssa Bloss a call. Alyssa is a great resource and is already helping several Carlton county residents with pollinator plantings.

Learn about important factors for creating or maintaining pollinator habitat and why pollinator habitat is important.For information about programs and fundi...

Do you have a passion for conservation? Do you live in Carlton County? We are actively seeking individuals interesting i...
11/19/2021
Welcome to Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District

Do you have a passion for conservation? Do you live in Carlton County? We are actively seeking individuals interesting in serving on our board. Visit out website for all the details or call Brad at 218-384-3891.

Assisting landowners in protecting and enhancing the natural resources of Carlton County since 1961.

Last Friday, Sam was able to present to the Cromwell-Wright Public School students about the Biochar Project at the SWCD...
11/16/2021

Last Friday, Sam was able to present to the Cromwell-Wright Public School students about the Biochar Project at the SWCD. Students learned about what Biochar is, how it is made, and how we plan to use it in Carlton County. They also learned about what we do every day at the SWCD. Thank you Lori Wester and Pete Johnson for the opportunity to present to your students!

The draft Carlton County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is ready for public review and comment from November 12 – 25. Plea...
11/12/2021

The draft Carlton County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is ready for public review and comment from November 12 – 25. Please see news release below. The link for the plan review website is https://z.umn.edu/carlton_hmp.

Questions on invasive species?
11/10/2021
Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species

Questions on invasive species?

DEC has teamed up with the visionaries at West Field Production Co. to bring you “Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species”. It tells the story of invasive ...

11/05/2021

Forest carbon is complicated, right? Learn about emerging technologies to help with carbon estimation and forest management to improve carbon sequestration and storage.

FREE series next week: https://sfec.cfans.umn.edu/mfcs-technology-carbon

A sneak peak at some of the great projects going on in Carlton County.  Partnerships are the key to success!
11/03/2021

A sneak peak at some of the great projects going on in Carlton County. Partnerships are the key to success!

Great fall outdoor activity for the entire family!
10/28/2021

Great fall outdoor activity for the entire family!

Interested in a great outdoor fall activity that helps us plant future forests? The State Forest Nursery needs hundreds of additional bushels of black spruce, jack pine and red pine cones within the next few months to meet the needs for spring 2022 reforestation – and they’ll pay you for them so it’s a good way to make some extra money!

Before collecting, learn more about what’s involved and contact a seed drop-off location for directions on how to present cones for purchase: mndnr.gov/seedcone.

Forest Pest First Detector: EDDMapS and iNaturalist tips and tricks
05/24/2021
Forest Pest First Detector: EDDMapS and iNaturalist tips and tricks

Forest Pest First Detector: EDDMapS and iNaturalist tips and tricks

The Forest Pest First Detector program is delighted to offer this four-part series of “Coffee & Chat” discussions. This is a meeting, not a presentation, so get ready to have a robust and responsive discussion! Presenters will start with a few quick overview slides and then open for discussion w...

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It's closing night of our summer concert series, and we have a special performer with Minneapolis-based vocalist Laura Lou taking the stage tonight. Free admission, open to all, family friendly, bring a lawn chair or blanket!