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Monday, April 10, 2017

See a demonstration of goats eating buckthorn and discuss natural resources

Goats, family-friendly activities and more are scheduled at the final open house for the Natural Resource Management System Plan on Thursday, April 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the Visitor Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. 
 
The plan will guide the future of natural resources management of Dakota County parks, conservation easements and greenways. The final of four open houses throughout a two-year process will give the public a chance to comment on the draft plan and discuss it directly with staff and consultants. The plan was developed using a two-tier approach, addressing pressing natural resource issues in the next five years and other important issues over the next 15 years. 
 
Parks Department staff will be on hand to discuss other park system issues, including restoration projects and volunteer events planned for 2017.
 
Goats from Goat Dispatch LLC will be outside the Visitor Center for a buckthorn/shrub eating demonstration. Dakota County uses goats to help restore about 76 acres of steep terrain at Miesville Ravine Park Reserve. The open house will also feature nature games, a coloring area for kids and more.
 
For more information on the Natural Resource Management System Plan, visit www.co.dakota.m.us/parks. For special accommodations or for more information about the open house, contact Joe Walton, senior ecologist, at joseph.walton@co.dakota.mn.us or 952-891-7507.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Free repair help at Fix-It clinics

Dakota County residents can get help repairing household items, clothes, electronics and more at the next Fix-It Clinic on April 15 at the Inver Glen Library.
 
Repair-savvy volunteers will guide residents through each step, from troubleshooting to a completed repair. Residents can bring up to five items that need fixing or mending. Common items brought to clinics are lamps, vacuums and clothes. 
 
The next Fix-It Clinics will be held:
  • Saturday, April 15, noon-3 p.m., Inver Glen Library, Inver Grove Heights
  • Saturday, May 20, noon-3 p.m., Burnhaven Library, Burnsville
  • Saturday, June 17, noon-3 p.m., Galaxie Library, Apple Valley
 
Fix-It Clinics help reduce unnecessary trash sent to landfills and empower individuals by teaching troubleshooting and repair skills. 
 
For future dates, more information and to volunteer, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search Fix-It Clinics.

Dakota County provides training, equipment and leadership

Dakota County is seeking volunteers eager to pull on a pair of waders and jump into monitoring the health of community wetlands through the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP).
 
Volunteers will work with a community-based team to monitor and collect information — such as data on plants and macroinvertebrates — that is used to study trends in order to better manage wetlands and surrounding natural resource areas. Previous monitoring experience or a background in science is not necessary to take part.
 
Volunteers typically commit 10–20 hours of their time, which includes training, field work and lab analysis. Dakota County provides all of the training, equipment and leadership. Volunteer registration will be accepted through May 15. 
 
WHEP volunteers receive training in field methods, macroinvertebrate (e.g. beetles, bugs, snails) collection and identification, and plant survey techniques and identification. Volunteers are grouped into teams, and each team will take samples from three to five wetlands between June and August. Wetland monitoring teams will be formed in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Dakota County parks, Eagan, Farmington, Hastings, Lakeville, Mendota Heights, North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization, Rosemount, South St. Paul and West St. Paul.
 
To register, visit www.co.dakota.mn.us and search WHEP. Sign up with Environmental Resources. To learn more information, visit www.mnwhep.org or call the Environmental Resources Department at 952-891-7000.