Conservation Corner

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Conservation Corner, hosted by Emily Nelson, takes a look at natural resource issues facing northeastern Minnesota.  The half-hour program airs twice a month and features in-depth interviews with natural resource professionals.  Conservation Corner is produced by Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District.  If there is a topic that you would like to hear discussed on Conservation Corner, please contact Emily Nelson at


Conservation Corner – audio archives

“This program was funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under Award NA16NOS4190119 provided to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.”


Mercury – November 2017

Bruce Monson, a scientist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, talks about mercury pollution in northeastern Minnesota.


Septic Systems – April 2017

Sara Heger, Engineer and Researcher at the University of Minnesota, talks about septic systems, answering frequently asked questions about usage, maintenance, and landscaping.


Common Buckthorn, Part 2 of 2 – April 2017


Common Buckthorn, Part 1 of 2 – March 2017

Jeffrey Flory, Invasive Species Technician with the 1854 Treaty Authority, talks about the invasive plant, Common Buckthorn, and how to recognize and treat it.


Climate Change and Forests – March 2017

Meredith Cornett, Director of Conservation Science, and Mark White, Forest Ecologist, both with the Nature Conservancy, talk about the effects of climate change on northern forests.


US Forest Service – February 2017

Jason Butcher, Fisheries Biologist for the US Forest Service, talks about the way the US Forest Service conducts business in NE MN.


Climate Change – January 2017

Kenneth Blumenfeld, Senior Climatologist at the Minnesota State Climate Office, talks about climate change in Minnesota and its impacts on the North Shore.




“2016 Wrap Up” from Conservation Corner by Lake County SWCD

Dan Schutte, District Manager for Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, talks about the projects and accomplishments of Lake County SWCD in 2016


Birdwatching – November 2016

Jim Lind, Two Harbors resident and local bird enthusiast, talks about his love of birdwatching and gives tips for those interested in taking up the hobby.


Winter Salt Use – November 2016

Jen Kader and Leslie Yetka, both program managers for the Freshwater Society, talk about the downsides to too much salt use in the winter, and they offer tips on reducing salt use and protecting water quality.


Recycling – October 2016

Christine McCarthy, Environmental Services Manager for Lake County, talks about recycling options in Lake County.


Barberry and Buckthorn – September 2016

Dan Schutte, District Manager for Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, talks about the identification, natural history, and management of invasive Japanese Barberry and European Buckthorn.


Pollinators – May 2016

Sarah Foltz Jordan, Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerxes Society, talks about challenges facing pollinators in Minnesota and how we can protect them.


Fishing Opener – May 2016

Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator for MN Sea Grant, talks about aquatic invasive species that can be found in Lake County.  Mike Scott, MN DNR Conservation Officer, talks about general fishing and bait regulations.


Emerald Ash Borer – March 2016

Mike Reichenbach, University of MN Extension Educator, talks about how to recognize, treat, and prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer.


Septic Systems – February 2016

John Fogelberg, Septic System Inspector in Lake County, talks about septic system maintenance and troubleshooting.


Invasive Earthworms – January 2016

Lee Frelich, Director of the U of MN Center for Forest Ecology, talks about invasive earthworms in Minnesota and their impact on our boreal forests


North Shore – January 2016

Chel Anderson, plant ecologist and botanist for the MN DNR, talks about her book, “North Shore,” and about water quality issues along the North Shore


Terrestrial Invasive Species – November 2015

Laurel Wilson, Invasive Species Coordinator for Lake and Cook Counties, talks about the various terrestrial invasive species that can be found in Lake County.


Spruce Budworm – November 2015

Will Bomier, Area Resource Conservationist for the Natural Resource Conservation Service, talks about the natural history of spruce budworm and gives tips on managing an infestation.