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County Needs Your Help to Fight Aquatic Invasive Species

County Has $711,000 to Fight the Problem

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Louis County needs your help to fight aquatic invasive species. The county was recently given a grant worth $711,000 to battle the problem. Right now they want the public’s input on what should be done to protect all our waters. “St. Louis County is such a massive county with over a thousand lakes,” said Michael Scharenbroich, senior planner…

Prescribed Fires Coming to Superior National Forest

Fires Could Reduce Invasive Species

DULUTH, Minn.-Superior National Forest crews will have multiple intentional fires in the coming weeks with the goal of creating and improving the habitat for native wildlife and plants. The fires are also expected to prepare sites for planting, while also reducing the threat of a future wildfire as they would be “reducing fuel build-up.” “Prescribed fires are carefully planned far…

Birch Trees Stolen from Minnesota and Wisconsin Forests

Trees Being Resold in Urban Areas

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.– County sheriffs and state natural resource officials are trying to respond to a rash of thefts of birch trees in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Thieves are quickly cutting down the young, paper–white trees. The Minneapolis Star Tribune  reports the logs are sold to city residents who want a touch of the northwoods in their homes. Chief Deputy Mike…

Commissioner Jewell to Chair Minnesota Water Council

Has Been on Water Council Since 2015

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell has been tapped to chair the Minnesota Water Council. The council was established in 2006 to advise the legislature and governor on how to implement the Clean Water Legacy Act. “I am honored to have been nominated and elected by my colleagues as chair of the Clean Water Council,” Jewell said in a…