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BAELN looks at changing environment

Posted: December 10, 2013 - 4:15pm

BAELN looks at changing environment

The Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network (BAELN) is sponsoring a session titled “Our Changing Environment: Adaptation and Mitigation — Balancing Water Quality and Development Locally.”

The session will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building, 322 Laurel St.

Speakers are Shawn Tracy, HDR water resources scientist and Melissa Barrick, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District.

Do you ever wonder where and why we put conservation practices into place? Why certain projects get funded and not others? The cities of Brainerd and Baxter have embarked on new technology and science to predetermine what we do on the landscape, and where.

This season of BAELN will focus on our environment and the adaptations and mitigation efforts happening around us. The sessions, through presenters and discussions, will share information that can be used to understand and prepare for the changes occurring in our environment and in our lives. Sessions are free and all are invited.

If you have questions concerning this presentation, please contact Eleanor Burkett at or 828-2326 or Melissa Barrick at or-828-6197.

BAELN offers environmental professionals and community members free professional development and timely information on environmental and sustainability issues. Events are conducted on the third Thursday of the month from 3-4:30 p.m. They include a 30-40 minute presentation, followed by questions and discussion with plenty of time for networking and refreshments.

To receive BAELN notifications or for general information on BAELN, contact Stephen Mikkelson at 316-3887, toll free at 800-657-3864 or

The Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network is a collaborative effort of: Central Lakes College, Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, citizen representation, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, Initiative Foundation, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, The Nature Conservancy, and University of Minnesota Extension.

Upcoming BAELN events for the 2013-2014 season include:

• Dec. 19 — Balancing Water Quality and Development Locally.

• Jan. 16 — Advances in Science of Aquatic Invasive Species deterrence.

• Feb. 20 — Our Changing Climate: Getting Ready.

• March 20 — Growing More, Growing Local with Season Extension.

• April 17 — Clean Energy in our Community.

• May 15 — Pollinators and their Fight to Survive.

• June 19 — Environmental Leadership: What’s Our Vision?