It has been a busy year so far for the Natural Resources Club at Central Lakes College. We began fall semester helping out with numerous banquets for local organizations. In October the first year students of the Land Measurement class, and many other second year students, helped teach third, fourth, and fifth graders about pace factors, navigation using a compass, tree identification and tree aging. The Club then assisted the MNDNR with the Camp Ripley Bow Hunt. Club members aged, weighed, and collected tooth samples in efforts to learn more about the deer herd out at Camp Ripley. Also, the Club is currently in its fifth year working on an ongoing project with the Camp Ripley Environmental office, live trapping and tracking Fisher.
The NR Club at CLC has many events planned for this upcoming Spring Semester. So far this spring semester we lit luminaries at Kathio State Park for their Candlelight Ski Event. The following weekend we completed the same task for the Crane Meadows Candlelight Ski event down in Little Falls. In March the Club also helped the MN Sharp-Tailed Grouse Society with their annual brush cut. The Club will continue to stay busy throughout the semester, for example, we plan to help the Morrison County Pheasants Forever Chapter with a youth hunt and Ducks Unlimited with its annual banquet. These are some of the many events that we currently have on our calendar for this coming spring.