Roundhouse Brewery to host event on healthy forests and water

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The Nature Conservancy and Roundhouse Brewery in Brainerd will celebrate the critical link between healthy forests and beer’s main ingredient: water.

OktoberForest is a campaign to raise awareness about the important role forests play in providing fresh water. This is the fourth year of The Nature Conservancy’s OktoberForest campaign, with breweries in more than half the United States, Puerto Rico and other countries around the world participating.

An Oktoberforest event will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Roundhouse Brewery, 1551 Northern Pacific Road, Brainerd. The event will also highlight Our Mississippi Our Future , an initiative to protect the Mississippi River’s headwaters area in Minnesota.

A news release stated the relevance of forests to breweries is clear: 95% of beer is water, and 40% of the world’s usable water comes from our forests. Forests improve water supplies in many ways -- they shade streams, lakes, and snow from evaporation; the forest floor helps filter sediment; and tree roots hold soil together so it can store water like a sponge.

Recently forests have become threatened by more severe fires, drought and increased pest damage, the release stated. The U.S. Forest Service estimates about half of its forested lands are in need of restoration to maintain natural benefits for people, water and wildlife.


Breweries are participating by hosting OktoberForest trivia contests and other informational events; sharing educational coasters, posters and table toppers; promoting OktoberForest through social media; and offering donations to help forest and water conservation efforts in each brewery’s home state.

People can participate in OktoberForest by texting “TREES” to 97779 to learn how to plant a tree, or visiting to watch a brief video highlighting the connection between healthy forests, water and beer.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization with the stated mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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