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Posted on: May 17, 2019

Build a Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Patch - A Native Garden for Minnesota's Endangered Bumblebee

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee on Wild Bergamot, photo taken by US Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regio

It's Endangered Species Day! Why not celebrate by adding a small piece of habitat to your yard in the form of a native plant garden? The Rusty Patched Bumble
Bee, an endangered species found in the metro area, would benefit from the addition.

The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee was added to the Federal Endangered Species List in 2017 and can be found in Apple Valley.  While there are many contributing factors to the decline of this once common bumblebee, habitat loss is thought to be one of ...

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Register for Landscaping for Clean Water... Natural Resources
Posted on: May 1, 2019

Let's celebrate...TREES! And How They Keep Water Clean. May is Arbor Month in Minnesota.

Apple Valley Staff Inspects an Ash Tree

Happy Arbor Month! The 2019 theme is Plant Trees for Clean Water. Do you know all the ways the trees in your yard are working to give us clean drinking water and keep our favorite lakes and streams fishable and swimmable?

Trees do a lot for us.  Shade, beauty, and habitat are some of the many benefits mature trees provide.  Another benefit not to be overlooked, improvements to water quality in local lakes, streams, and groundwater.  Trees reduce ...

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More on Arbor Month in Minnesota... Natural Resources
Posted on: December 13, 2018

Attend a Free Gardening Workshop and Learn More About Gardening Grants

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Landscaping for Clean Water workshops will be held again in 2019. See stunning examples, learn about benefits to water and wildlife, learn about grants. You don't have to live on the water to help improve the water. Eco-friendly can be beautiful.

Now is a great time to begin planning a stunning new garden for your yard. To help you get started, Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding Landscaping for Clean Water workshops on native gardens, rain...

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Register for Gardening Workshops Here... Natural Resources
Posted on: January 28, 2019

Over 500 People have Received Grants to Install a New Garden Since 2007 - Do You Want to be Next?

Examples of Native Plants by SWCD Landscaping for Clean Water

These aren't just any kind of gardens. Oh, no. They are beautiful gardens that improve water quality in local lakes and provide pollinator habitat. Let us help you install a new raingarden, native plant garden, or pond/lake buffer in your yard.

The Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), with help from area cities, Dakota County, and local watershed organizations, has been assisting residents with installing raingardens, native plant gardens, and lake/pond buffers through the ...

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