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9th Annual Lynnhurst Neighborhood BUCKTHORN BUST!

WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Meet at bottom of stairs at Dupont Ave S, north side of Creek.

Please join us and help to eliminate invasive Buckthorn from our neighborhood.

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Why is Buckthorn so bad?

– 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.

– Buckthorn degrades wildlife habitat and alters the natural food chain and growth of an otherwise healthy forest.

Bring gloves and hand shears if you have them, other tools will be provided.

Questions, email   lynnhurst.env.comm@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association and the Lynnhurst Environmental Committee

Lynnhurst Environmental Movie Night – Thurs., Nov. 7th 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us at the Lynnhurst Community Center on Thursday, Nov. 7, for the first in a planned series of environmental films that will educate and captivate. “More than Honey” is a Swiss documentary film about honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Austria. In this film, beekeepers, scientists and others discuss the world’s declining bee population and what it may mean for modern society. You’ll enjoy the stunning cinematography while also pondering what we can do to help assure the long-term survival of our bee populations.

more than honey

This is a FREE event; $2 donations will be accepted to cover popcorn and lemonade. Bring your own reusable water bottle to reduce waste!

Please Join Us for the Lynnhurst Happy Hour & Garden Tour – Thursday Sept. 5, 5:30-7:30 pm

This will be our 3rd Happy Hour & Garden Tour, based on the great response we’ve had to the previous two events. Come and see established and newly planted gardens whose owners have participated in the Lynnhurst Yards & Gardens for Clean Water program. Raingardens and native plantings reduce turf and create beautiful landscaping features that protect water quality and provide habitat for pollinators. Next week, we’ll be touring six gardens that are all different and all inspiring. Our program partner, Metro Blooms, will lead the tour with a presentation at the first garden followed by a question and answer period before heading to the next garden.LY&G RG2

Meet at 901 W. Minnehaha Parkway (south side of creek at Bryant) for Happy Hour and the first garden tour.  Addresses of the other gardens will be provided there. The first three gardens are close together, then one near 53rd & Knox and the last two near 50th & Newton.  WALK, BIKE OR CARPOOL–the total distance from the first to the last garden is about 1.3 miles.

Questions, contact the LEC at Lynnhurst.env.comm@gmail.com

Hope to see you on September 5!

25th Annual Earth Day Watershed Clean-up, April 20, 2019

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!

Yard Waste Collection Begins The Week of April 8, 2019

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.

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Spring Forum On Trees Well Attended On March 23

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

Get a Free Tree – Saturday March 23

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, lynnhurst.env.comm@gmail.com

 

The Big Melt is Here – Please Help Keep Storm Drains Clear

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

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   lynnhurst.env.comm@gmail.com 

Sponsored by the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association and the Lynnhurst Environmental Committee

 

Help Us Keep Leaves Out Of The Street

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