Watershed Game Facilitator’s Training

Registration is now open for the Watershed Game Facilitator’s Training

When: 10 am - 5 pm on July 10, 2013

Where: 2nd floor of Tycoon’s Restaurant, 132 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN

Registration: Due by July 8, 2013; available on this form 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dDNuWmRudDJySDJyZ0pOdnJhczRNREE6MA )

Cost: $15; includes lunch and refreshments

Target Participants: Water resource educators and natural resource professionals

For more information about the Watershed Game, visit http://northlandnemo.org/watershedgame.html

Training Objectives:

·         Participants will leave with a strong ability to organize, facilitate, and use the Watershed Game (WSG) for a NEMO workshop and other educational programs.

·         Participants will increase their skills at developing and communicating learning objectives to target audiences and use the WSG to teach to those and accomplish them.

·         Minnesota Extension and Sea Grant Staff will share their successful strategies and experiences with the WSG including best practices and things to avoid as a result of their 60+ trained facilitators they have been working with across the state and the nation. 

·         Participants will also have a chance to share their successful strategies with one another in a peer-to-peer sharing atmosphere.

 About the Northland NEMO Watershed Game (WSG):  The Watershed Game is an interactive tool that helps individuals understand the connection between land use and water quality.  Participants learn how a variety of land uses impact water and natural resources, increase their knowledge of best management practices (BMPs), and learn how their choices can prevent adverse impacts.  Participants apply plans, practices, and policies that help them achieve a water quality goal for a stream, lake, or river. The Watershed Game is available in three versions. The STREAM version addresses an entire headwaters watershed and the land uses often found in it. The RIVER version addresses the land uses associated with large river systems and urban areas. The LAKE version is the newest addition to the Watershed Game focusing on the land uses surrounding a typical lake.  The Watershed Game was originally developed in 2006 for Northland NEMO’s “A View from the Lake” program by the Lake Superior Research Institute, University of Wisconsin Extension, Minnesota Sea Grant Program, and University of Minnesota Extension.

For a complete list of all trained Northland NEMO Watershed Game Facilitators, see the website at www.northlandnemo.org/watershedgame.html

  Contact Jesse Schomberg for more information: jschombe@d.umn.edu | 218-726-6182

Now available on the Digital Coast – 900 linear kilometers of bathymetric lidar for Lake Superior

Using funding from the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, NOAA CSC worked with regional stakeholders, including state agencies, federal agencies, regional working groups, international management bodies, and tribes, to determine the priority areas for collection. The data set was contracted for collection by FUGRO LADS, and excellent communication between CSC and the contractor maximized the quality of the end product.  This data set will be critical to the success of many restoration projects, modeling of lake level change, and any analysis that requires a seamless elevation surface above and below the water.

To access the data, visit http://csc-s-maps-q.csc.noaa.gov/dataviewer/viewer.html?keyword=lidar

Online Survey To Gather input on Access To Minnesota’s Coast

Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program launched an online survey to gather data on resident and visitor perceptions on public access to Minnesota’s portion of Lake Superior. 

The 10-question survey, is open to anyone who lives, works, or plays along Minnesota’s 189-mile coast.  Responses will be collected through June 17, 2011.  Interested individuals should take it now and have their opinions heard. 

With the survey, Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program hopes to get a snapshot of people’s impressions of the quality and quantity of public access locations up and down the coast.  In addition, the Coastal Program expects to learn about the visitation habits of Minnesota residents and tourists and the types of activities they participate in while on the coast.  Unlike other surveys of its kind, this survey concentrates only on access and activities related to the Lake Superior coast.

As part of the DNR’s Ecological and Water Resources Division, Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program’s mission is to preserve, protect, enhance and restore coastal resources for present and future generations.  The program provides technical and financial assistance for coastal resource management and community protection and enhancement, including public access improvements. 
 
For more information about the survey or to receive a copy in an alternative format, contact Clinton Little at 218-834-1446 or clinton.little@state.mn.us.

Help Duluth win a Community Fruit Orchard!

The University of Minnesota Duluth  (UMD) has set the stage and will provide a place for this community orchard.

To make it happen, they need your votes! for thier Sustainable Ag. Project – UMD Heritage Orchard

Vote NOW & every day for a month to win at…

www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com

This national competition, sponsored by Edy’s Fruit Bars, will give UMD and Duluth…

1) A 50+ apple orchard of heritage apples

2) Site and soil preparation before planting

3) A BIG community planting event

4) 1 year of aftercare for trees and community workshops

5) ALL apples will go to the Duluth community for free each year!

5 orchards will be given away each month from May to Sept. based on the number of votes.

Help UMD win in the first month!

VOTE! Share with family, friends and Facebook!

Questions? Contact Cindy Hale at cmhale@d.umn.edu

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