Green Visions

A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m.  Green Visions is brought to you by Duluth Grill and Heritage Window and Door.

    Leading up to this Saturday's Lake Superior Harvest Festival at Bayfront Park, we continue our KUMD Sustainability Week series with a conversation with Sarah Lerohl, Environmental Program Coordinator at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) and we are talking about composting, and non-toxic homecare practices.

Hartley Nature Center

April showers bring May flowers ... and this year, July storms brought August fundraisers.

The community raised over $10,000 for Hartley Nature Center's Yurt Got Hurt event to restore damaged outdoor education centers, but the scramble to get the park back up and running for the over ten thousand kids who come through on field trips every year continues.

Luckily, so do offers of help from local volunteers.

bamonahan [via Flickr]

  Now that the storm clean up has been (mostly) completed, the next big question is what we can do with the now empty spaces in the landscape. We talk with Louise Levy, an arborist and founder of Levy Tree Care in Duluth, about what kinds of trees to consider planting, when is the best time to do it, and what planning and work needs to be done first.

Lisa Johnson

  Before we see the end of our all-too-brief summer in the Northland, there will be possibly more thunderstorms coming.  To help folks be more prepared for storm damages we invited Jennifer Teegarden, a DNR forestry outreach specialist, to talk with us about DOs and DON'Ts in terms of damaged trees -- how to assess damage, how to preemptively prevent future damage, and when to call in the experts.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless - radioactive - gas that seeps up from the ground.  That being said, it's easy to either ignore the dangers of long term exposure or freak out about them.  But there is a middle ground: check out the Minnesota Health Department's new interactive tools - including maps and charts - to help you get a better idea how prevalent radon is in your county.  And another piece of good news: testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes a few days. 

Tom O'Rourke

Hartley Nature Center is closed for the remainder of this week, after straight line winds in excess of 70 mph caused "trees down everywhere" in the park, blocking trails, damaging the nature playscape and the yurt and leaving Hartley still without power almost a week later.  It's a possibly hazardous - and definitely expensive situation as Hartley staff and the city continue to assess the damage and decide what happens next.

Doug Kerr [via Flickr]

  KUMD taks with Brad Parsons, the Central Regional Fisheries Manager for the Minnesota DNR, about the DNR proposal to build a new fisheries facility at Mille Lacs Lake that would include a fisheries management station, fish hatchery and storage. The DNR would be able to more efficiently meet its Mille Lacs management goals and outreach needs with the new facility.

Mandy Uhrich

When it comes to fishing, let's face it: many men just take it way too seriously.  (Remember the grumpy dads who made you sit in absolute silence for hours?)

How can women learn to fish if they don't want to have it "mansplained" to them?

Simple: the Minnesota DNR has the oldest - and largest (with 130 different programs) in its BOLD (Becoming an Outdoors Woman) program.

Brent Reimnitz/Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Back in 1966, Twin Metals Minnesota was granted a pair of federal mineral leases, one of which includes land within a quarter mile of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.

They're up for renewal now, and the US Forest Service wants to hear from the public before they make a recommendation. 

Post Foods

Folks of a certain age remember snickering over Euell Gibbons' TV commercials for cereal in the early '70s, but the celebrated forager and author of numerous books on edible wild plants was on to something.

©Peter Ross

Peter Ross is a UMD Biology grad,  a largely self-taught artist,  and a man who loves the patterns he finds in nature.

He's also really looking forward to retirement when he can devote himself to painting full time.

©Wildwoods Rehabilitation

Turtles are on the move throughout Minnesota, foolishly (or so it seems to humans) looking for that warm sandy soil on the shoulders of roads to lay their eggs.  Turtle-car collisions often end in tragedy for the turtle, but Wildwoods Rehabilitation says they're tougher than you might think.

How to move a turtle:

©Kristen Pless

Dan Schutte is a self-professed insect enthusiast and fan of native plants, and those passions have led to his interest in monarch butterflies, their migration and how perilously close they are to extinction.  His wife, Kristen Pless, is an artist interested in historic processes for photographing developing, and together, they will be opening Kristen's exhibit,  Monarchs: Photographs from the Reserves, this Saturday (6/11) at the Great Lakes Aquarium.

©Hansi Johnson

Designating the St. Louis River a National Water Trail is a chance to move the conversation around the river from phrases like "area of concern" and "Superfund site" to something positive.

Which is why Hansi Johnson, director of Recreational Lands for the Minnesota Land Trust is quick to scotch rumors that anyone's access to the river will be affected.

You can find out more about the National Water Trail designation and submit your comments and questions here:

©Douglas County Humane Society

A baby bison in Yellowstone was euthanized this week after a visitor to the park thought it had become separated from its mother and put the calf in his car.

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