Inspired by J. Sterling Morton, a Nebraska territory pioneer and editor of Nebraska's finest newspaper, the first Arbor Day tree-planting holiday was held on April 10, 1872. More than one million trees were planted that day! Arbor Day was first declared a legal holiday in 1885 in Nebraska, and from that first day, school students were very involved in planting and caring for their trees as well as taking part in the Arbor Day celebration and parade. The local newspaper reported that, "To say it was a complete success but faintly expresses it.
Red clay … This is the common name for the technical "glacial till and glacial lake-laid clay soils." Carlton County has an abundance of red clay, especially in the Nemadji and St. Louis River Watershed areas. Of the two, the Nemadji Watershed is the larger concern for our county as about 80 percent of the Minnesota part of the Nemadji Watershed's 433 square miles (277,400 acres) is located in Carlton County, including all of the clay erosion prone areas and much of the headwater tributaries.
Summer is coming. At least I hope it is! This last month, each day seems like a "Guess the Weather" contest as each day feels different … some feel like fall going into winter, some like winter going into spring, and some like late spring going into summer.
We've had some wonderful, warm spring days...days that make me intensely look forward to digging in the dirt, planting flower and vegetable plants and, yes, even raking the "deadness of winter" off the lawn. It's funny how a little bit of raking, a little bit of moving soil and dead vegetation can produce that earthy smell and freshened look that screams, "It's Spring! It's time to bloom and grow!"
Last week, Pine Journal readers got a brief glimpse of the history and formation of the 3,000 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) across the U.S. This week, you will learn about the Carlton County SWCD supervisors, just five of the 17,000 men and women who serve on these governing boards.
On Monday, Feb. 9, Carlton’s H. Merrill Loy and Esko’s James Nynas were installed as re-elected supervisors on the Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Board. Most of you are probably thinking, "So what?" And that's a good question! What does this actually mean for you, a Carlton County citizen or landowner?
In January, Kelly Smith, conservation technician for the Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District, was honored for 20-plus years of employment and service with the SWCD. If you subtract weekends, vacations, holidays, and sick days, that totals over 5,000 work days, or 40,000 hours.