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Northern forests most likely will look different as climate warms: Scientist explains

Visitors to northern forests in coming decades will probably see a very different set of trees as the climate warms, a recent U of MN study shows. Rebecca Montgomery, associate professor in the forest resources department and one of the researchers on the study, joined Dick June 12 to explain.

The Lake Superior Project/Logo by Lauryl Loberg

LSP: A Natural History of Minnesota's Superior Coast

“North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast” is a major new book written by naturalists Chel Anderson and Heidi Fischer, published by the University of Minnesota

"South season" by Tauʻolunga

North Woods Naturalist: Summer solstice

The summer solstice means the longest day of sunlight. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about what’s happening just around the corner.

Superior National Forest Update: June 12

Hello, I’m Chelsey Coley, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Planner, for the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Districts, with this week’s edition of the National Forest Update.

"Sea Change" sailing project addresses climate change

 “Sea Change” is a 3-year sailing project undertaken by the Gordon family from Two Harbors.

Dalmatian Toadflax

'PlayCleanGo' event focuses on stopping spread of invasives, June 13

This Saturday is “PlayCleanGo” day – part of a national campaign to educate the public on the risks of transporting invasive plants.

Lake scene, Cook County

Minnesota lakes and streams contaminated by pharmaceuticals, cosmetic ingredients, and more

A new study released by the MN Pollution Control Agency confirms that lakes and streams across Minnesota are contaminated by endocrine-disrupting compounds, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetic ingredients. The study's author, environmental scientist Mark Ferrey of the MPCA, joined Dave TerSteeg June 5 to explain. You can learn more at

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Surveying food waste at local businesses

How much food waste is out there in Cook County?  The Northwoods Food Project wants to know; they are&nbsp

American Red Start - Guatemala {Dennis Jarvis /Flickr}

Bird Banding at Sugarloaf Cove

Birds are active along the shore, and Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center is studying them.


Chel Anderson writes comprehensive environmental history of the North Shore

Chel Anderson is a botanist and plant ecologist who has lived and worked on the North Shore since 1974; you might know her as the North Woods Naturalist on WTIP. She's just written, with Heidi Fischer, an amazing comprehensive environmental history of the North Shore. It's titled "North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota's Superior Coast." She spoke with Ann Possis May 22 about deciding to write the book, the processes and time involved, and what they hope to convey about this remarkable place in our world. You can learn more about the book here.