For the third straight summer, J.R. Hunter is spending as much time as possible sailing the St. Croix River on his 34-foot Catalina sailboat, docked at Bayport Marina. Read more about 'Cheapest Way to See the World': St. Croix Sailor Goes All-in on Hobby
Evanne Hunt wears a yellow protective suit while she carefully watches a fire burn a strip of the native prairie she’s volunteered to protect over the past 25 years. Hunt, the chairperson of the local chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts, says prescribed burns of prairie remnants are key to the survival of native plants and ecosystems.
“We have to go out and burn to keep the brush down,” Hunt says, adding native prairies are fire-dependent ecosystems. “A prairie can’t last without fire and maintenance. It’s impossible for a native prairie remnant to exist without help anymore.” Read more about Group says Minnesota's Native Prairies Are 'as Rare and Worthy of Saving as the Amazon'
As we approach our warmer months, boats will appear on the St. Croix River like a seasonal bloom that is joyfully anticipated by so many outdoor enthusiasts. Read more about As Spring Arrives, Boating Season Begins on the St. Croix River
Bending Branches makes paddles designed for stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, longer excursions, day trips and whitewater as well as deeper lakes, rivers and salt water. Read more about Inside Bending Branches, the World's Largest Manufacturer of Canoe and Kayak Paddles