If we weren't already concerned about the impact of agriculture and other human activity on the streams of the Driftless Area, the Rush Creek Fish Kill in early August brought it front and center. Restoring and protecting this unique and fragile area is going to take a watershed-level effort: from upland farm fields that feed the aquifers, to the riparian zone which provides cover, spawning grounds, and a connection with the floodplain.
There is hope. Most Minnesota farmers are conscientious stewards of their land, and their efforts make a real difference in the health of watersheds, The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) has been working in Minnesota for 40 years to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture, and to develop healthy communities. Sean Carroll of the LSP will give us a primer on "farming 101" and talk about practices and policies that can help farmers to restore Driftless watersheds. Sean will be followed by Dustan Hoffman of MNTU, who will talk about our streamside work. He’ll cover eleven Habitat Improvement projects, the work required to maintain projects, and Invasive Vegetation Management projects. He’ll discuss the process of determining project locations with DNR Fisheries staff and offer folks his two cents on where to focus fall angling efforts. If you care about the long-term health of our Driftless Area streams, don't miss this event.
Sean Carroll recently received a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He has over 15 years organizing experience, and has worked as the national field director for the HEAL Food Alliance, organizing director for the RE-AMP Network, and federal field associate for Environment California.
Dustan "Dusty" Hoffman still remembers his first trout, a nine-inch brookie from a tiny stream near his birthplace of Green Bay, WI. Twenty years ago, he moved to Winona to pursue a life of trout chasing. This led to an education in Environmental Biology, followed by a career in conservation work. He currently serves as MNTU's Southeast Minnesota Project Manager.
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