With these funds we were able to restore, protect, and enhance 24,611 acres of native and restored grassland in Minnesota. Much of this work was done through the DNR Roving Crews, a new program funded with these dollars that has significantly increased the state's habitat management capabilities. In addition to these enhancement activities we were able to enroll acres in the DNR's Native Prairie Bank Easement Program as well as acquire acres for the SNA program.
This program will increase populations of a variety of game and non-game wildlife species by protecting and enhancing forest habitats on which wildlife depends. This program of on-the-ground forest conservation projects will amplify the wildlife value of forest communities on DNR administered forestlands. Our forest enhancement will treat 4,472 ac. These activities are not conducted as part of the DNR's commercial timber operations. Additionally, our program will acquire 404 acres of forestland that contributes to habitat complexes and other high priorities.
The AgBMP Loan Program provides needed funding for local implementation of clean water practices at an extremely low cost, is unique in its structure and is not duplicated by any other source of funding.The AgBMP loan program provides 3% loans through local lenders to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses.
This project will be a complete TMDL report for the Biota and Bacteria (E. coli) impairments for the Ann River Watershed. The water bodies associated with these impairments will then be removed from the MPCA’s impaired waters list, and implementation activities to restore the water bodies will begin.
Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment raises revenue for Clean Water, Outdoor Heritage, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. Libraries are beneficiaries of a portion of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Funding.
The Duluth Art Institute will host internationally recognized artist Wing Young Huie to present two community workshops in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth to engage audiences with issues of identity and diversity through the use of portrait photography.
The Duluth Festival Opera plans to tour a fully staged production of a new opera, "Pocahontas," composed by Minnesotan Linda Tutas Haugen in 2007, which features the music of Native Minnesota Ojibwe musicians.
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra will bring two concerts to venues outside of Duluth presented by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Foundation at Otter Creek Event Center, Carlton and Myles Reif Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids.
Peace O' Ground, a year-long integrated arts initiative, will provide children, families, and neighbors of Duluth's Hillside multiple opportunities to experience and participate in deepening understanding of their neighborhood through the literary, visual, and performing arts.
We will present four concerts by world-class chamber musicians: Osmo Vanska's celebrated quintet, exciting mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke, the vital Copper Street Brass Quintet, and dazzling young pianist Grace Fong. Cooke, the Brass Quintet, and Fong will present master classes.
Matinee Musicale will bring the Parker Quartet to Duluth to perform in October 2011; the quartet also will give lecture/demonstrations for two high schools and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Symphony. The violinist Arnaud Sussmann will perform in concert in November.
Woodland Hills arts learners will use a guided creative process to explore causes, impacts, and solutions surrounding teen violence, while acquiring skills necessary to create and perform a theatrical production and foster dialogue about this issue.
The College of St. Scholastica is requesting a one year grant that would provide critical funding for its 2010-2011 Performing Arts Series, which offers a variety of arts experiences that would not normally be available in this largely rural region.
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra will substantially expand its service to hospice patients by creating a new partnership with St. Mary's Medical Center, building our current relationship with St. Luke's Hospice Duluth and increasing the number of trained hospice musicians.