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Roadsides for wildlife kick-off event Dec. 3

Those interested in learning about the value of roadside wildlife habitat are invited to a free public workshop on Dec. 3 near Sauk Centre. The workshop is designed for representatives from local and state government, conservation and sportsmen's groups, and private citizens.

The event, sponsored by the Minnesota departments of natural resources (DNR) and transportation, will feature experts who will address the habitat and environmental benefits of integrated vegetation management. The event will start at 9 a.m. in a meeting room at the Lynx National Golf Course near Sauk Centre. A lunch is available for $9. Optional activities will be offered after lunch.

"Minnesota has more than 135,000 miles of roads," said Carmelita Nelson, DNR roadsides for wildlife coordinator. "The adjacent lands can provide permanent grassland habitat for birds, small animals, and other types of nature, including butterflies, frogs, and flowers."

The DNR's Roadsides for Wildlife program promotes integrated vegetation management practices that enhance wildlife habitat and environmental benefits. Leaving roadsides undisturbed, especially during the spring and early summer nesting season, can boost grassland bird nesting success. Additionally, roadsides planted to native grasses and forbs restores prairie heritage, adds visual appeal for travelers, improves water quality, and decreases expenses related to mowing and plowing drifting snow.

The Lynx National Golf Course is located at 40204 Primrose Lane, Sauk Centre, MN 56378. From Interstate 94, take the Sauk Center exit #127, and turn south on Highway 71. The clubhouse entrance is 1.5 miles on the left side.

Those planning to attend are asked to call 651-259-5014 or send an e-mail to