Monthly Archives: July 2016

DNR offers tips to private forest owners dealing with storm damage

The recent blowdown in northern Minnesota caused major damage to state lands, as well as private forest lands. While landowners are not required to clean up downed trees and debris, the Department of Natural Resources is encouraging private forest owners and homeowners to consider salvaging and replacing damaged areas. “Salvage and cleanup will likely be [Continue]

DNR overhauls state water trail trip planning tool

Those who enjoy canoeing, kayaking and other forms of recreation dependent on river levels can now get more and better information about current conditions from 120 real-time river-level gauges along many of Minnesota’s state water trails. Although the Department of Natural Resources has been installing and interpreting river-level gauges since 1971, the reporting service recently [Continue]

Gunflint Canoe Races to benefit Gunflint Fire Department

Since 1976, friends and neighbors on the upper Gunflint Trail have held the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races to raise money for worthy causes. This year’s event again will be at the Gunflint Lodge on the south shore of Gunflint Lake on Wednesday, July 20, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The goal is to raise more than [Continue]

Voters choose new parks and trails license plate

Following a week of online voting, during which more than 30,000 votes were cast, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith today announced the winner of the contest to design a Minnesota state parks and trails license plate. The winning plate features an image of a canoe on the water, surrounded by Minnesota’s four seasons. “Generations of Minnesotans [Continue]

Join ACMU on a Tilbury Trail clean-up

Arrowhead Coalition for Multiple Use invites members and friends to a trail clearing party! Sunday, July 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meet at the South Fowl/Tilbury Trail trailhead on the Arrowhead Trail. When we’ve done what we can do (until about 2 p.m.), we’ll gather at Gale & Carbine Carlson’s cabin for dinner & visiting. [Continue]

DNR releases Minnesota buffer map; implementation begins

Landmark initiative reiterates state’s priority to protect clean water As part of the state’s commitment to protecting clean water, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released the map of public waters and public ditches requiring permanent vegetative buffers or alternative water quality practices. The buffer map shows landowners and local governments where protective vegetative [Continue]

Ruffed grouse counts up, sharp-tailed grouse down from last year

Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were up 18 percent statewide this year compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Ruffed grouse populations tend to rise and fall on a 10-year cycle and counts this year are typical of what we expect during the rising phase [Continue]

North Shore Water Festival in Grand Marais, July 16-17

The third annual North Shore Water Festival (NSWF) in Grand Marais offers visitors a chance to get wet and participate in water activities on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17 in Stone Harbor. The NSWF will have experts on hand offering fishing, touring kayak and canoe demonstrations, stand-up paddle board demo activities in the [Continue]

DNR offers advice for dealing with storm damaged trees

Cleanup following a storm can be an overwhelming task for homeowners. Knowing which trees to save and which to remove can impact safety and the survival of remaining trees, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. DNR forestry outreach specialist Jennifer Teegarden offers the following tips. Do: Approach damaged trees with caution. Stay clear [Continue]

Cook County ATV Club hosts Tom Lake Ride & Shoot

The weather is looking good for the Cook County ATV Club Tom Lake Ride & Shoot on Saturday, July 9. Anyone interested is invited to meet at the Portage Brook gravel pit in Hovland at 11 a.m.. Length of ride may vary from previously announced due to downed trees, but organizers promise it will still [Continue]

Heart of the Continent working with National Geographic

The Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP) is a Canadian/American coalition of land managers and local stakeholders working together on cross-border projects that promote the economic, cultural and natural health of the lakes, forests and communities on the Ontario/Minnesota border. Representing a broad array of organizations, the partnership seeks to develop a common identity and sense of [Continue]

North Shore Trout Stream Refuge Project is seeking volunteers

Cold groundwater is essential for North Shore trout streams, keeping stream temperatures below the thermal limit for trout and steelhead survival and providing base flow during summer. Yet groundwater is not abundant in this region and is particularly important for sustaining these prized coldwater fisheries. The DNR and organizations such as Minnesota Trout Unlimited are [Continue]

DNR reminds boaters to stay sober

In an effort to curb alcohol- and drug-related boating accidents and deaths, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers and hundreds of other public safety officers remind boaters to obey all rules and stay sober when taking to the water. “We have zero tolerance for anyone found operating a boat under the influence of alcohol [Continue]

Department of Health watching our beach water

Now that summer has finally arrived, the Minnesota Department of Health beach monitoring program has begun. Occasionally “no water contact” advisories are issued for local beaches. Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor [Continue]