Monthly Archives: June 2016

“Clean In, Clean Out” helps protect lakes this holiday weekend

The Independence Day weekend ahead is one of the busiest of the Minnesota boating and fishing season. The Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to plan a little extra time for making sure boats and equipment are clean going in and clean coming out of lakes and rivers to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive [Continue]

Only approved firewood allowed on state lands

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to remind visitors that only approved firewood is allowed on lands managed by the DNR, such as state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Firewood restrictions will help prevent the introduction or spread of damaging forest pests, including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and oak wilt. Firewood [Continue]

Name change finalized for two islands on West Pope Lake

From the Cook County News-Herald On May 5, 2016 the U.S. Board on Geographic Names in Reston, Virginia, met and approved proposals to apply new names to two islands located on West Pope Lake. From now on what has been called Little Island will be Moozoogitagaanesing Island, which in the Ojibwe language means “a small [Continue]

Firewise demonstration day June 24

Interested in learning how to protect your home and neighborhood against wildfire? A free Firewise demonstration day will be held June 24 at two locations in Cook County. The presenter will be Jeffery Jackson, NE Region Firewise specialist. The first demonstration will begin at 10 a.m. at 40 Moose Ridge Road (off Gunflint Trail on [Continue]

Training now required for aquatic invasive species violators

Starting this boating season, anyone found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws will not only have to pay the required fines but will also have to complete mandatory training. The short “Clean In Clean Out” training must be completed before people found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws can legally operate [Continue]

List of timber harvest sites now available

The annual list of potential timber harvest sites on state-administered forest land is now available for public review, said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Comments will be accepted until June 22. The list of potential harvest sites is for fiscal year 2017, which begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2017.
DNR field staff will [Continue]

Tips for successful catch and release

Anglers can boost the odds of fish surviving catch and release with methods that avoid internal damage to fish, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Fish can be injured by hooks, stress and being pulled from deep water,” said Brad Parsons, central region fisheries manager with the DNR. “As we head into the [Continue]

DNR offers campfire safety tips

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to be safe with campfires this summer. “Spending time with family and friends around a campfire is a popular Minnesota tradition,” said Linda Gormanson, DNR wildfire prevention supervisor. “You can take simple measures to make your campfire safe.” Gormanson recommends all campfires should be: Clear of any [Continue]

Fishing license purchase now requires acknowledgement of aquatic invasive species

Minnesota boaters and nonresident anglers renewing their licenses will now need to sign a card affirming they know the state’s aquatic invasive species laws. Watercraft owners and nonresident anglers must read and sign the affirmation during their regular license renewal, then keep it with them, along with their license. The affirmation demonstrates understanding that Minnesota [Continue]

Forest Service seeks comments on ShokoShoe Vegetation Management Project

The Gunflint Ranger District, Superior National Forest, is developing the ShokoShoe Vegetation Management Project and is seeking public participation. The ShokoShoe Project Area encompasses the Mid-Gunflint Trail area and eastward including the Greenwood Lake area and extending to Grand Portage Reservation. Nancy Larson, Gunflint District Ranger said, “There are numerous urgent needs in the area [Continue]