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Springing Ahead with the River

By Sophia Patane | March 22, 2021

Forestry Springtime is a welcome sight in the Riverway, but winter still feels like a close companion as pieces of ice parade their way downstream.  During this time of year, the air may be warm and welcoming but the water is high, fast, and cold, with floating debris that could be hazardous for river users. …

Explore the Namekagon with SCRA’s Three-Day Paddles

By Sophia Patane | February 22, 2021

Forestry Many people have found solace in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway during the uncertainties of 2020. For participants in the SCRA Namekagon Three-Day Paddles, the solace of the Namekagon River combines with the opportunity to safely enjoy the companionship of others in a fully supported trip. “The paddles were lovely and I felt…

Meet Our Board: Stu Neville

By Sophia Patane | February 22, 2021

Forestry It’s no understatement to say that the Namekagon River flows through the life of Stu Neville. As an SCRA Board member, Stu brings a unique perspective on this wild and scenic gem of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway through his work as a fly-fishing guide with the Hayward Fly Fishing Co. in Hayward,…

Wild Watershed: Animal Tracks

By Sophia Patane | February 10, 2021

Forestry by Jeremiah Walters, SCRA Naturalist There are many ways to see wild animals in the St. Croix River watershed, but you may find yourself looking for the animal itself and not notice what they left behind. Wild animals are sometimes showy and other times elusive, yet those elusive ones still give us clues to…

Nature Journaling in the Riverway

By Sophia Patane | January 28, 2021

Forestry Around the same time I moved to the Riverway a few years ago, I picked up a copy of Clare Walker Leslie’s The Curious Nature Guide at a bookstore and began flipping through the pages. The practice of nature journaling is an accessible version of biological illustration or botanical drawings that anyone can enjoy…

Finding Peace in Our Park

By Sophia Patane | December 28, 2020

Forestry Deb Ryun, Executive Director When did you visit? “I return to it often.” “Biking, hiking or driving on the back roads of the Fish Lake Wildlife area is a different experience in every season. In spring and summer, the prairie comes alive with an ever-changing splash of spring colors; Indian paintbrush, wood betony, puccoon,…

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 new places to discover or rediscover after moving back. It was not necessarily in my plan to find myself returning to the area full time,…

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 for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. 2020 has been a challenging year for us all. We’ve had to adapt at every turn, navigating the…

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 essential to stopping their spread. Katie Sickmann, SCRA’s Invasive Species Coordinator, and Jeremiah Walters, SCRA’s Naturalist, have been conducting monitoring efforts as part of a…

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 out, so we used my 1st grader’s MEA break to do just that. As the book, Do Princesses and Super Heroes Hit the Trails? says,…