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Students Participate in National Public Lands Day at Itasca State Park

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

group in Itasca State ParkVolunteers placed paper “bud caps” on white, red, and jack pines in the park to protect them from deer browse over winter during National Public Lands Day on September 24, 2016.  The 58 volunteers were from several different groups including the  Minnesota Master Naturalists (8), DNR staff (3), University of Minnesota Crookston faculty, staff, and affiliates (9), and University of Minnesota Crookston students, principally from the Natural Resources program (38).   The group worked 10 a..m to 3 p.m. and protected some 5000 trees in 27 acres. It was the largest number of volunteers at Itasca State Park since the inception of the event.

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