Now is a great time to take a hike. Corky abscission layers are forming between leaf petioles and twigs on deciduous trees and shrubs, cutting down the flow of nutrients...
By Dan Wilcox Outdoor Columnist Ole and Sven were returning from a fishing expedition with few fish.
By Daniel Wilcox, Outdoor Columnist I agree with Water Rat’s quote in Kenneth Grahame’s book, Wind in the Willows: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing-absolutely nothing-half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” I really enjoy being out on the water in wild places. I was named after an ancestor who was a Rhode Island whaling captain in the mid-1800s. He survived a number of years-long voyages and lived to tell about it. My mother still has his whalebone cane.
The same four friends went fishing for bluegills again. John Lewinski of McCall, Idaho, grew up in Mann Valley just west of River Falls. My brother-in-law Ken "Buck" Schreiber lives south of Osseo. John, Buck and I are college buddies. We attended UW-Stevens Point, studying water resources many moons ago. Dennis Anderson of River Falls is a river rat and fisheries biologist originally from Winona, Minn. Dennis and I have worked together for 32 years. We all grew up fishing for bluegills and continue to be avid fishermen.
Many years ago, Dr. Milo Harpstead, my soils professor at UW-Stevens Point, began his lecture by informing us that the thin layer of topsoil that covers the planet's land surface is the foundation of civilization. Dr. Harpstead instructed that there's a big difference between soils and dirt. Dirt is soil out of place. Dr. David Pimental, professor of ecology at Cornell University, studies soils and agriculture around the world. Dr. Pimental said, "Soil erosion is second only to population growth as the biggest environmental problem the world faces.