CROSSLAKE -- The University of Minnesota Extension Service will offer shoreland education classes in the Crosslake area in May.
The Shoreland Revegetation Workshop Series will take participants through the steps of how to design and plan a shoreland landscape and experience hands-on planting of a shoreland project. This series of three workshops will teach how natural shorelines can reduce runoff and erosion, filter nutrients and improve wildlife habitat while protecting property value and adding aesthetic value.
Specifics of this series include Shoreland Design I, 8:30 to 4 p.m. May 16; Design II, 8:30 to 4 p.m. June 19; and Shoreland Planting, June 27.
A Shoreland Plant Identification workshop will help participants understand the value of aquatic plants and identify common native and exotic plants. The workshop targets people interested in lake mapping, developing a management plan or monitoring for exotic species.
There will be an in-class room session July 17 with a daylong hands-on aquatic plant identification practice July 18.
These classes are open to all shoreland property owners, lake association members, agency professionals and citizens interested in protecting the quality of our waters.
All in-classroom sessions will take place at the Crosslake Community Center. Space is limited for each workshop.
For a registration form for either class or for more information contact area Extension offices: Aitkin County, (218) 927-7321; Cass County, (218) 587-8280; Crow Wing County, 824-1065.
These programs are offered in partnership with the McKnight Foundation, Initiative Foundation, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, DNR and the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District in Cass and Crow Wing counties.
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