It’s time for our Annual Earth Day Clean-up!
Join us on April 20th, from 9:30am to Noon, for the 25th anniversary of this annual clean-up along Minnehaha Creek and surrounding areas. We will meet at the Lynnhurst Community Center to sign-in. Coffee and rolls will be available to power up for our clean up. Gloves and trash bags will also be provided.
This year we’re adding some special things to celebrate the 25th year, including prize drawings to let you know we’ve noticed the special efforts made to clean up in our community (and this clean-up counts!). We’ll also have some historical picture boards where you might see a younger version of yourself! And, as usual, we’ll have education tables, and lots of opportunity to socialize with neighbors and friends.
The event will wrap up with pizza and cookies this year. This is a great family event–or bring a group of friends and help make a difference by cleaning up our beautiful environs. Hope to see you there!
Starting the week of April 8th, Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers can set properly prepared yard waste at their alleys or curbs next to their garbage carts by 6 a.m. on garbage day.
Yard waste must be properly prepared for collection. The following are accepted:
- Paper lawn and leaf bags
- BPI certified compostable plastic bags
- Reusable container (must be approximately 33 gallons in size, 26-32 inches tall, have sturdy handles and weigh no more than 40 pounds when full.
- Brush and branches bundled with string or twine. Bundles must be less than 3 feet long and weigh less than 40 pounds. Branches must be less than 3 inches in diameter.
Over 50 people participated in the Spring Forum on Trees held on Saturday morning March 23rd. Presentations (included below) were given by MPRB’s Director of Forestry Ralph Sievert, Forestry Preservation Coordinator Craig Pinkalla, and MN Tree Care Advocate Volunteer Programs Coordinator Ashley Reichard. Topics included the many benefits of trees; selecting, planting and caring for trees; and managing our urban forest for diversity and resilience. The dire consequences of the emerald ash borer were covered in detail, including the fact that many ash trees are growing on private property and homeowners are responsible for their removal.
The forum concluded with hand pruner sharpening and the selection of a free fruit tree to be picked up on April 20th.
MN Tree Care Advocate Presentation 03-23-19
MPRB Presentation EAB & Diversity 03-23-19
CELEBRATE SPRING! Register for the Lynnhurst Spring Forum on Trees and Get a Free Fruit Tree*.
What: Lynnhurst Spring Environmental Forum: Our Urban Forest Includes Your Yard
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Lynnhurst Community Center
Our urban forest is important to the health and well-being of Minneapolis residents, providing many benefits such as improved quality of life, increased property value, lower heating and cooling costs, reduced stormwater runoff and soil erosion and bountiful wildlife habitat. Come and learn more about these and other benefits and also what challenges we face regarding the long term survival of our trees.
Speakers: Representatives from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Forestry Dept. and the U of M Minnesota Tree Care Advocate program will speak.
*FREE TREE INFO: The first 75 Lynnhurst residents who register and attend will receive a voucher following the forum for a free bare root fruit tree valued at $25 to be picked up on April 20 during the annual Earth Day Clean Up. There will be several varieties to choose from, while supplies last. One tree per household please. Email us with your name and street address, email@example.com
The big melt of 2019 has arrived. Please check the storm drains on your street and ensure they aren’t blocked by ice, snow or debris. Blocked drains can lead to flooding, which is no bueno.
Check the map below – drains are marked as small orange square catch basins.
SE HARRIET CATCHBASIN Map
8th Annual Buckthorn Bust
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Why is Buckthorn so bad?
Þ Buckthorn out-competes native plants for nutrients, sunlight and moisture. It literally chokes out surrounding trees and plants, making it nearly impossible for any new growth to take root under its canopy of dense vegetation.
Þ Buckthorn degrades wildlife habitat and alters the natural food chain and growth of an otherwise healthy forest.
**Meet at bottom of stairs at Dupont Ave S, north side of Creek**
BRING GLOVES AND HAND SHEARS IF YOU HAVE THEM, OTHER TOOLS WILL BE PROVIDED.
Questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association and the Lynnhurst Environmental Committee
Do your part to help water quality in Lake Harriet and the Minnehaha Creek by keeping your leaves and grass clippings out of the street! Put up a lawn sign as a reminder to everyone. When leaves fall in the street, they decompose and enter city storm drains, going directly into lakes and rivers. This becomes unwanted algae growth next summer! This algae dies and decomposes at the bottom of the lake, using up needed oxygen that fish and plants need. Help prevent this by raking and collecting fallen leaves from your curb, storm drain, sidewalk and alleyways. Place these leaves in your compost pile, use as mulch for your garden, or bag them for the city to pick up. It is illegal to sweep leaves into the street in Minneapolis! To obtain a sign, email Lynnhurst.Env.Comm@gmail.com
Get household items fixed for free and learn valuable repair skills at the Fix-It Clinic at Burroughs Elementary School, 1601 W 50th St, Mpls, Saturday October 13, noon-4pm.
At Fix-It Clinics, residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their items. Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. Events are first come, first served. More info at https://www.hennepin.us/fixitclinic.
Please join us on Wednesday, May 16th, at 6:30 for our annual garlic mustard pull.
Please contact us with any questions.
Lynnhurst Environmental Committee