Wild Rivers Conservancy Blog

A Walk in the Woods: How the 52 Hike Challenge Saved My 2020

By Kate Wright | December 17, 2020

A Walk in the Woods: How the 52 Hike Challenge Saved My 2020 After a nearly decade-long hiatus away from the St. Croix Valley, I found myself constantly seeking out…

Giving Thanks

By Sophia Patane | November 25, 2020

Forestry As we reflect on all we have to be thankful for, we can’t help but think of you-the wonderful community of members, donors, volunteers, and river lovers that care…

Finding Phragmites

By Sophia Patane | November 11, 2020

Finding Phragmites Imagine a grass that can grow to heights of 12 to 20 feet. For invasive phragmites, the sky might seem to be the limit, which makes monitoring efforts…

Play in a Park: A Family Adventure in Mammoth Cave

By Sophia Patane | October 22, 2020

Written by Bethany Cox, Director of Development.   Getting out safely during a global pandemic to have a family adventure seems unrealistic. And yet, the Cox family needed to get…

Wild, Scenic, and Vulnerable: New Reports Highlight the Health of the St. Croix

By Sophia Patane | October 14, 2020

In the 1960s, “Save Our St. Croix” was a rallying cry for those who cherished the river that forms the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin. This cry, together with the…

Branching Out: What’s New with My St. Croix Woods

By Sophia Patane | September 30, 2020

In honor of the launch of the new My St. Croix Woods website, we sat down with the Wild Rivers Conservancy’s Forestry Program Coordinator Nikki Henger to learn more about…

Field Trip: Veliger Tows

By Sophia Patane | August 27, 2020

Zebra mussels are a common aquatic invasive species (AIS) discussed around the Wild Rivers Conservancy office, but what exactly is a zebra mussel and why does it matter? Recognizable for…

Learning with the Land

By Sophia Patane | August 14, 2020

The Wild Rivers Conservancy contributed $40,000 to the city of Lakeland’s efforts in Sally Arneson’s neighborhood to stop stormwater erosion and plant native vegetation, all as part of a larger…

Protecting Our Oaks: A Woodland Owner Webinar Recap

By Sophia Patane | July 23, 2020

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘oak’? For me, the name is synonymous with a sense of security—every house I have lived in has had an…

Support of the Village of Osceola Exercising Extraterritorial Zoning for Mine

By Sophia Patane | July 21, 2020

The Wild Rivers Conservancy has been following the possible expansion of the old Rybak Mine, now owned by North 40 Resources in Farmington Township near Osceola, Wisconsin. We feel it…