Volunteer Opportunity at Carver Park on June 13th

Brush Stacking at Carver Park Reserve, Victoria MN

NEEDED: 150 Volunteers, 16 Volunteer Supervisors. June 13, 2015, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Great River Greening for this project kick-off event to help restore oak woodlands at Carver Park Reserve in the west Metro. Known for its vast diversity of wildlife, Carver Park Reserve is struggling with buckthorn, an invasive shrub which threatens new tree growth and crowds out native shrubs, flowers, and grasses. Help us haul and stack buckthorn to ensure that biodiversity continues to thrive at this beautiful site!

If you are interested in registering for this event or would like more information, please visit our website at http://www.greatrivergreening.org/vol-events/. If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact Cari Monroe at intern@greatrivergreening.org or Great River Greening’s Volunteer and Outreach Manager, Jen Kader, who can be reached by email at jkader@greatrivergreening.org or by phone at 651-655-9500 ext. 11.

Great River Greening
​http://www.greatrivergreening.org/vol-events/

This project is made possible with support from Three Rivers Park District, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund.

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2015 Ice Out Date Declared as April 1st

We’re not sure who does the OFFICIAL declaration when the ice is out of the lake but UNOFFICIALLY it occurred on April 1, 2015 according to Helen Gunther.

In case you’re curious, here’s a history since 1989 thanks to the record keeping of longtime resident Bill Haugh and others. On average, the Ice Out date is April 7th so we’re a little earlier this year, probably due to the lack of snow.

Lake Minnewashta Ice Out Date History

Lake Minnewashta Ice Out Date History

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AIS Workshop next Friday, April 10th

Dear Friend,

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District, in partnership with the Three Rivers Park District and other West Metro AIS Coordinating Committee organizations, are coordinating an AIS Workshop next Friday, April 10th. Further details are summarized below:

West Metro Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Workshop

Friday, April 10, 2015, 1-4 PM

French Regional Park, Visitor Center

12605 Rockford Road, Plymouth MN Directions

This workshop includes brief updates on current AIS management practices by staff from Carver County, Hennepin County, the Initiative Foundation, Lake Minnetonka Conservation District, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, MN Department of Natural Resources, Three Rivers Park District, and University of Minnesota. Presentations will be followed by a round table discussion of the issues currently facing lakes in the western metropolitan area. The workshop is free and open to the public. Please share this message with others who may be interested.

Space is limited. To reserve your space, call 763.559.6700 by Wednesday, April 8. For questions regarding the workshop, please feel free to contact John Barten at (763) 763-6941 or JBarten@threeriversparkdistrict.org.

Hosted by: Three Rivers Park District (in conjunction with West Metro AIS Coordinating Committee).

See you there,

Jeff Forester
Executive Director
Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates (MLR)

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Carver County Parks Commission Board seeking new members

Is anyone interested in serving on the Carver Park Commissions board? It is really important that someone from Lake Minnewashta be on the board since one of the major Carver parks is on our lake. Here are links for more information. Nominations should be in by Monday January 5th, 2015.

Read the 12/10/14 minutes for info on topics of interest.     http://www.co.carver.mn.us/departments/PW/parks/parks_commission.asp

Here is the page with the links to apply. http://www.co.carver.mn.us/county_government/committees.asp

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Camp Fire Minnesota’s Annual Event – October 23

Our neighbors at Camp Tanadoona could use our support. Please join us at Camp Fire’s upcoming wine & whiskey tasting on October 23rd! It’s a really fun evening – great food and drink, and an inspiring program. See details in the link below.
http://campfiremn.org/events/annualbenefit.htm

 

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Annual Meeting Update

We had a great turnout at our Annual Meeting and Fall Picnic last night. Attached are the slides shared by LMPA president Steve Gunther

FINAL Lake Minnewashta Annual Mtg slides 9.21.14

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