News Watch: May 7, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Conservation; Energy; Fish and Wildlife; Forest; Green Buildings; Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees; Invasive Species; Legislature and Administration; Living Green Expo; Parks and Trails; Recycling and Waste Reduction; School Trust Lands, Sustainable Development; Transportation

Mankato Free Press: Volunteers defend the prairie
(MEP member group The Nature Conservancy mentioned)

Pioneer Press: Prairie Island nuclear plant drill to be Tuesday
Pioneer Press: The end of the line for Minnesota’s coal plants?

Fish and Wildlife
MinnPost: DNR planning logistics of first wolf hunt in 38 years
MPR: Moose population concerns MN tribes
Pioneer Press: Windom trumpeter swan release might not continue
Star Tribune: Dennis Anderson: Two wolf hunts and trapping season likely
Star Tribune: Isolated wolves of Isle Royale in peril

Duluth News Tribune: Amid vast tracts of dying birch trees, residents planting the seed to restore Minnesota forests

Green Buildings
Star Tribune: More expensive homes with new building code?

Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees
Marshall Independent: DNR officials laud natural resources bill
Pioneer Press: Dave Orrick: Game and fish bill’s saga isn’t pretty – it’s politics
Pioneer Press: Minnesota outdoors: Plenty of changes at Capitol for anglers, hunters

Invasive Species

MPR: DNR zebra mussel lawsuit dropped
MPR: DNR enlists public to prevent spread of invasive species
Northeaster: Carp could close St. Anthony Lock
AP: Great Lakes Asian carp barrier at Chicago suffers power outage
Star Tribune: If you don’t check boat, someone else might

Legislature and Administration
Finance & Commerce: Projects await fate as Minnesota bonding vote nears
Star Tribune: House considers new “vanilla” bonding bill

Living Green Expo
CBS Minnesota: Solar Is Big Business At The Living Green Expo
The Examiner: Living Green Expo 2012: Minnesotans flock to the fairgrounds for green solutions
The Examiner: Living Green Expo 2012: Review of the most unusual (and most popular) vendors

Parks and Trails
Pioneer Press: St. Paul parks commission delays vote on Mississippi River master plan

Recycling and Waste Reduction
Northeaster: Drawing plans for 27th and University Avenues NE

School Trust Lands
Politics in Minnesota: Quid pro quo helped trust lands, DNR fee bills

Sustainable Development
MinnPost: Needed to fix parking blight: Lots of trees

Minnesota 2020: Small Investment, Big Results
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Wellstone Bike Club empowers East African women in Minneapolis through cycling

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