Monthly Archives: March 2015

DNR urges state forest and off-highway vehicle trail users to check for temporary closures

With warm weather on the way, many off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders may be eager to hit the trails, but state forest roads and trails are typically wet during the spring, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will need to close some areas temporarily. The spring thaw leads to soft soils, which may be susceptible [Continue]

DNR seeks volunteers for frog and toad calling survey

The Department of Natural Resources Nongame Wildlife Program is seeking volunteers to participate in the Minnesota Frog and Toad Calling Survey to help track population changes in the states 14 frog and toad species. Frogs and toads are one of the best indicators of wetland health. New volunteers receive a kit that includes a CD [Continue]

Learn to camp, paddle and more at Minnesota state parks

Registration for I Can Camp! and other skill-building programs begins March 20, the first day of spring People who lack the experience or equipment to go on a camping, canoeing or fishing trip should consider signing up for one of the many introductory programs offered at Minnesota state parks and trails in 2015. Reservations are [Continue]

Cook County Historical Society hosts “Small Talk” with local musher Arleigh Jorgenson

The Cook County Historical Society is presenting a “Small Talk” on dog sled history by Arleigh Jorgenson of Grand Marais. Jorgenson was the 2015 keynote speaker at the John Beargrease Sled Dog Race gala. The public is invited to the free presentation on Saturday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery, [Continue]

Minnesota DNR started to think about spring burning restrictions

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will soon determine when to start spring burning restrictions. This year, with little snowpack and an early start to spring, restrictions are likely to take effect earlier, maybe as soon as next week. The DNR restricts burning shortly after snow melt when exposed dead grass and brush can ignite [Continue]

Governor Dayton proposes “buffer” to protect Minnesota waters

Governor Mark Dayton has proposed an initiative aimed at protecting Minnesotas waters from erosion and runoff pollution.Known as the Buffer Initiative, the legislation requires at least 50 feet of perennial vegetation around Minnesotas waters. Buffers help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment by slowing runoff, trapping sediment with these pollutants and allowing vegetation to absorb [Continue]

DNR seeks public input on forest management plan for northeastern Minnesota

A report that identifies major forest management issues for the Northern Superior Uplands in northeastern Minnesota is available for review, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The report is available at The preliminary issues and assessment report identifies issues for the forest management plan and also provides information on trees in the forest, [Continue]

Sugarloaf hosts presentation on mercury testing on birds of prey

Sugarloaf, the North Shore Stewardship Association is hosting “Testing for mercury in birds of prey” this Saturday, March 14. Mercury levels vary across species and within species. While mercury levels are widely studied in birds, there is relatively little known about mercury levels in wild birds of prey. Join UMD graduate student, Ted Keyel at [Continue]

Bald eagles on spring migration back to Minnesota

Bald eagles are migrating back to Minnesota and may be seen in large numbers across parts of the state over the next few weeks, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Ice is breaking up along the rivers, so it’s definitely time for folks to keep their eyes out,” said Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer, DNR regional [Continue]