Tag: ACMU

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]

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]

“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]

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]

Everyone invited to a Memorial weekend trail cleanup day

You are invited to join the Cook County ATV Club for a spring trail clean up! The heavy, wet, snow and ice this winter took down a lot of trees on the Hovland Woods ATV trail — come help get the trail open. Meet at the trail head on Jackson Lake Road at 10 a.m., [Continue]

Grand Marais in the running for best beach town

Picking the contestants for our sixth annual Best Town Ever contest in OUTSIDE magazine wasn’t easy. The magazine looked for places with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and, of course, a good beer scene—all while excluding the winners and runners-up from the past three years to make room for hidden gems, [Continue]

Take a kid fishing!

Interested in teaching your kid how to fish and enjoy the many lakes in Cook County? Interested in introducing them to a life-long activity that can connect them with their local environment, encouraging stewardship and appreciation of one of Minnesota’s wonderful resources . . . the lake? Then join the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, [Continue]

Take a mom fishing on Mother’s Day weekend

Mothers who are residents of Minnesota can fish without a license from Saturday, May 7, to Sunday, May 8, during “Take a Mom Fishing Weekend.” During the weekend, mothers can fish only for species that have open fishing seasons. Take a Mom Fishing Weekend each year coincides with Mother’s Day, which this year is the [Continue]

Outdoor skills program offered for families along the Gunflint Trail

A three-day outdoors skills program for families with teens and college-age kids will be offered this summer through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Gunflint Lodge in northern Minnesota. Designed to provide introductory experiences, this program includes sessions on fishing, canoeing, outdoor survival skills and other activities, including horseback riding and zip-lining. “Minnesota’s outdoors [Continue]

Catch and release properly to help fish survival

Looking ahead to fishing opener, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shares these tips for anglers:   Anglers can boost the odds of fish surviving catch and release with methods that avoid internal damage to fish.   “Fish can be injured by hooks, stress and being pulled from deep water,” said Brad Parsons, central region [Continue]

All invited to the Arrowhead Coalition for Multiple Use annual membership meeting

Join the Arrowhead Coalition for Multiple Use for the annual membership meeting on Tuesday, May 10 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Cook County Senior Center, 10 North Broadway, Grand Marais. Vote for board members, find out what’s been happening in Cook County. Light refreshments. Interested in serving on this important watchdog organization? Let [Continue]

Illegal burning pollutes statewide

Illegal garbage burning—in open fires and burn barrels—is a persistent source of pollution in Minnesota, according to a feature story in the May–June Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine.   Burning garbage can release toxins into the surrounding air, soil and water, Henry Fisher of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) told the magazine. These toxins often [Continue]

Wildfire Prevention Week is April 17-23

Wildfire Prevention Week is April 17-23 Every year in Minnesota, wildfires cause property losses, injuries and threaten the lives of fire fighters. To raise awareness of this danger, April 17-23 is Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota. Most Minnesota wildfires happen in the spring between the time snow has melted and plants and grasses have greened [Continue]

Chainsaw safety offered for ACMU volunteers

Anyone who wants to be able to clear trails (like the South Fowl/Tilbury Trail) or ATV or snowmobile trails, must have U.S. Forest Service chainsaw safety training. The Forest Service will be holding two training sessions this summer. Please consider signing up for one of these training sessions! Anyone who uses a chainsaw on federal [Continue]