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Elk in Wisconsin

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Date: February 27, 2014
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

Presentation on Elk in Wisconsin on March 15

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Interested in learning more about the St. Croix Valley's national park? Join the National Park Service and the St. Croix River Association in exploring the heritage, natural wonders, and communities of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway during this year's Riverway Speaker Series. The series continues on Saturday, March 15, 2014, with a program about elk in Wisconsin.

Saturday, March 15, 10:00 a.m.

Elk in Wisconsin:The Clam Lake Herd
Presented by Laine Stowell, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Elk once ranged over most of North America and throughout Wisconsin but disappeared from the state in the mid-to-late 1800s due to over hunting and a rapid decline in habitat.Today, most of the suitable elk habitat is in the northern and central forest regions of the state.Learn about reintroduction efforts and the status of the Clam Lake elk herd.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place at the St. Croix River Association office, 230 South Washington Street, Unit 1, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin (next to the St. Croix Falls Public Library).

Space is limited and reservations strongly encouraged.RSVPs will be honored until 10:00 a.m.To reserve a space, call (715) 483-3300 or email info@scramail.com .

Save the Date for the Final Presentation

April 12:Agricultural Land Use and the Survival of Honey Bee Colonies
Presented by Matthew Smart, University of Minnesota Bee Lab

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. It is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition.For 255 miles, the St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

The St. Croix River Association is a nonprofit organization that protects, restores and celebrates the St. Croix River and its watershed.It partners with others so that the St. Croix is a place where

·Waters run free and clean
·Habitat remains plentiful to sustain our unique and diverse flora and fauna
·People have access to our National Park and the park flourishes
·Towns throughout the basin thrive and people celebrate the river

Learn more at www.stcroixriverassociation.org

Did You Know?

Three waterboatmens on a rock, they are dark brown and the leags are visible

Water boatmen have no gills but rather trap air with the hairs on their legs and the air bubble encircles their bodies, making them appear shiny. Their front legs are short, their middle legs are long and slender and their back legs are shaped like paddles fringed with hair.