Planting Pollinator Gardens
Last year Crow Wing Power prepared four substations in Crow Wing County for planting pollinator seeds to create habitat for butterflies and bees. We’ve historically had grass growing around all of our substations, but decided the substations would provide excellent locations for pollinator perennial plants. This year we are turning two substations in Morrison County into pollinator gardens with the co-sharing costs of Morrison County Soil and Water Conservation. In the past few years, we’ve all read about the nearly extinct Minnesota native Rusty Patch bumble bee. And, that help is needed to provide food for Monarchs and other butterflies.
Therefore, instead of mowing grass around all of our substations, we are planting pollinator seeds at some of the locations. The photos here were taken at Nokay substation just south of the Fairgrounds in Brainerd. Other substations that were planted this year were Crosslake, Pine Center and the Dewing substation along 30th street south of Brainerd surrounded by farm lands. Morrison will have the Motley and Bellevue substations planted this fall.
Minnesota Native Landscapes from Monticello planted November 2 and will be tending to the maintenance for the first couple of years to insure well developed gardens. If successful, we will work on Cass and Morrison County substations in the future. Crow Wing County Soil and Water offered us an almost $5,000 grant to spur the project. They were a great help to us and are anxious to see our project succeed! Thank you to both organizations for your guidance and support.