February 19, 2014 
How Wolves Change Rivers
How Wolves Change Rivers
"We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then and have known ever since that there was something new to me in those eyes, something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters' paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view."
- Aldo Leopold, Thinking Like a Mountain, A Sand County Almanac.
Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac is the next book to be featured in CURE's Book Club. Look for details on this book club launch in our next RiverVoice email. At CURE, we believe that we can not talk about healthy watersheds without speaking to ecosystem complexity. 
Dan Handeen
As the negotiations for the 2014 Farm Bill came to a close, we heard plenty about crop subsidies and food stamps, but the bill that passed in the House last Wednesday also included funding for renewable energy and conservation programs.  Granted, this is only about 7% of the budget, but it still has significant implications for our landscape. 


Blog post by Ariel Herrod, CURE Watershed Sustainability Program Coordinator. 
Geronimo Solar Farm Map
In 2013, the number of solar jobs increased by 73% in Minnesota according to a report released by the Solar Foundation this month. That is good news for renewable energy advocates who worked hard in 2013 to pass new solar laws for Minnesota to ensure the health of our environment, people, andeconomy.  This success means that Minnesota's legislative leaders have adopted the strongest set of solar policies in the Midwest. 


Post by Sarina Otaibi, CURE Director of Communications & Engagement. 
Bluestem Prairie post by Sally Jo Sorensen.
"Falk's grilling of PolyMet's representative drew headlines across the state, from the excellent piece in MinnPost by Ron Meador, How would 'damage deposit' work for PolyMet? Many questions, no answer and the Star Tribune's Packed, testy hearing airs pros, cons of PolyMet copper mine to Don Davis's Minnesota lawmaker accuses PolyMet of being a shell corporation."
Are you gearing up for spring and the thoughts of being outside in warmer weather are running through your mind?  Well, you are not alone as the sun warms the ground and our souls - the some 14 species of frog and toads will soon be here to hear...
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