Online DNR system makes applying for plant management permits easier

It’s now easier to apply for permits to manage native or invasive aquatic plants, using the MNDNR Permitting and Reporting System (MPARS).  Full Story


Willard Munger State Trail to be reconstructed near Duluth

A 5-mile section of the Willard Munger State Trail, between Grand Avenue and Becks Road in West Duluth, will be closed for an extensive construction project from mid-April through August, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR designates Straight River Groundwater Management Area

The Department of Natural Resources designated the state’s third groundwater management area this week. The Straight River Groundwater Management Area in northwestern Minnesota includes parts of southern Clearwater, northeast Becker, southwest Hubbard and northwest Wadena counties. Cities within the boundary include Park Rapids, Osage and Ponsford.  Full Story


Learn to camp, paddle, rock climb, mountain bike and fish

Looking for an unforgettable outdoor adventure this summer? Sign up for one of the I Can! programs offered by Minnesota state parks and trails.   Full Story


Be aware of bears this spring; DNR lists tips for avoiding conflicts

Anyone living near bear habitat is reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears.  Full Story


Bat disease white-nose syndrome now confirmed in 6 Minnesota counties

Following the pattern observed in neighboring states, white-nose syndrome, a disease that can be fatal to hibernating bats, has now been confirmed in six Minnesota counties, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Catch-and-release summer walleye season announced for Mille Lacs Lake

21-day walleye closure in July expected to help extend fishing season through Labor Day

Catch-and-release only regulations needed to rebuild Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye population will again be in effect when anglers hit the water on Saturday, May 13. The 2017 walleye season on Mille Lacs is scheduled to run through Monday, Sept. 4.   Full Story


Minnesota boaters urged to get educated before season begins

Just as the “rules of the road” are learned before getting behind the wheel of a car, the same should be done before getting on a boat and taking the helm.  Full Story


Eaglets hatch on live DNR EagleCam

Arrival marks 40 years of Nongame Wildlife Program

The eagles have landed, or hatched, and just in time for the 40th anniversary of the state’s Nongame Wildlife Program, which is part of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR announces sign-up for 2017 frog and toad calling survey

Volunteers are needed to help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources track population changes in the state’s 14 frog and toad species as part of an annual surveyFull Story


Once-rare pelicans on yearly return to Minnesota

American white pelicans migrating north

American white pelicans are making their yearly migration to Minnesota about two weeks early this year, according to the Department of Natural Resources. With bright white plumage, a nine-foot wingspan, and bright orange bill, the once-threatened species ranks among the largest birds in the world. Its graceful flight, pouch-like throat, and awkward gait makes it a favorite among bird watchers.  Full Story


DNR reports first discovery of invasive silver carp in St. Croix River

Bighead carp also found during proactive monitoring

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the first capture of a silver carp on the St. Croix River. The invasive carp was caught by a commercial angler near Prescott, Wis., during proactive monitoring in partnership with the DNR.  Full Story


Prescribed burn planned for Remer, Longville area

A prescribed burn to improve wildlife habitat in the Remer/Longville area is being planned for early spring, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The area to be burned is a portion of open grass and sedge meadow along the north side of Laura Lake in Remer and Inguadona townships. Full Story


DNR fisheries seeks comments on Brainerd area lake management plans

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strategies for managing Brainerd area lakes and streams have until Friday, March 24, to ask questions or submit comments. Full Story


DNR fisheries seeks comments on International Falls area lake management plans

Fisheries management plans for several lakes and streams in northern St. Louis and Koochiching counties are under review by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the public is invited to review and comment on the plans. Full Story


Ice fishing shelter removal dates approaching for northern Minnesota lakes

Ice anglers in northern Minnesota are reminded ice shelter removal dates are approaching for lakes located north of Highway 200 and U.S. Highway 2, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


7 county geologic atlases released

The County Geologic Atlas program has released seven new atlases: four for geology and three for hydrogeology. The atlases illustrate the geologic and hydrogeologic setting and pollution sensitivity of the aquifers in the counties mapped. This information can be used to make land-use decisions that take aquifer sensitivity, water quality, and sustainability into account.  Full Story


Support the outdoors: Minnesota state parks and trails need a boost from users, taxpayers

By Tom Landwehr, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources is asking for modest fee and general fund increases for Minnesota’s state parks and trails system during the 2017 legislative session, and I want you to know why it’s important to make an investment in these special places. Full Story


Marv Hill of Virginia named snowmobile safety instructor of the year

Duane (Marv) Hill of Virginia has been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Snowmobile Volunteer Instructor of the Year for 2016.  Full Story


Check late season snowmobile and ski trail conditions before traveling

While there are still areas of good snowmobile trail riding and cross country skiing in far northeastern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources advises riders and skiers to check online trail condition reports before traveling. Several bouts of warm weather have led to deteriorating ice conditions and halted most trail grooming activity. Full Story


Bald eagles migrating back to Minnesota

Spring migration 1-2 weeks ahead of historical dates

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. Full Story


Roemhildt named Pheasants Forever Wildlife Professional of the Year

Scott Roemhildt, grassland programs coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, has been named Pheasants Forever’s 2017 Wildlife Professional of the Year.  Full Story


DNR highlights new parks and trails offerings for 2017


Maplewood Sugar Shack

New offerings come after record number of visitors utilize state’s parks and trails system in 2016; DNR seeks moderate fee increases to support increased demand for parks and trails maintenance and services.  Full Story


Hydrologists solve mystery of Devil’s Kettle waterfall

A waterfall that famously “disappears” into a hole at Judge C.R. Magney State Park near Grand Marais actually soon re-enters the river from underground, according to new research.  Full Story


DNR seeks comment on Tower area lake management plans

Citizens interested in commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes are encouraged to review draft management plans and ask questions or submit comments by Friday, March 17. Full Story


Wet conditions force temporary road and trail closures

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will need to close many roads and trails temporarily in state forests, state parks, recreation areas and wildlife management areas due to wet conditions.  Full Story


Women can learn to bowfish through DNR classes 

Women can learn the fast-growing pursuit of bowfishing through classes taught by the Land of Lakes Bowfishing Association, as part of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Moose population remains low, but survey suggests 6-year population stability

Population statistically unchanged from last year’s estimate

Minnesota’s moose population shows signs of stability when comparing this year’s population estimate of 3,710 northeastern Minnesota moose with estimates since 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR urges caution on rapidly deteriorating ice

As unseasonably warm weather quickly deteriorates ice conditions on lakes across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges lake recreationists to take caution.  Full Story


Reminder: Give input on topics to be covered in state deer management plan

People interested in deer still have time to contribute ideas and feedback about possible deer management topics that will shape Minnesota’s first-ever deer management plan, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Tap into a springtime tradition; learn how to make maple syrup

Ever wonder how pure maple syrup gets from trees to the table? Visitors who come to one of the free programs at Minnesota state parks will find out everything they need to know to make a batch of syrup in their own backyard, using basic tools from around their house. Full Story


2016 fish, game and trapping licenses expire Feb. 28

Minnesota fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for 2016 expire Tuesday, Feb. 28.  Full Story


Women new to archery or bow hunting can learn basics in DNR classes

Women new to archery or women who want to take their shooting to the next level and start bow hunting can register for classes this spring that will help them hit the mark, through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Owners of resorts, campgrounds and rental businesses required to take aquatic invasive species training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering aquatic invasive species training to owners of lake service provider businesses, so they can legally work in lakes and rivers throughout the state.  Full Story


Public meeting will highlight proposed boundary changes to Cloquet area deer permit areas

The Department of Natural Resources will present a proposed boundary change for deer permit areas 181 and 182 near Cloquet at a public meeting Monday, March 6, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Cloquet High School cafeteria, 1000 18th St., Cloquet. Full Story


Hunting for springs is important and enjoyable

by Greg Brick,
DNR research analyst

Anyone who enjoys the outdoors can help with important groundwater research by reporting springs to the Department of Natural Resources. A spring is any natural flow of water from an aquifer—an underground layer of rock– to the Earth’s surface. I’ve been hunting for springs for years, and I think you would also find it worthwhile and enjoyable. A new app makes it easy to report springs for this needed research.  Full Story


New DNR app gives people chance to help with groundwater research

A new web-based app developed by the Department of Natural Resources gives people the ability to submit reports on the location of springs in Minnesota. Full Story


Minnesota welcomes back bass tournament that wowed the pros    

Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship to Return to Mille Lacs Lake Sept. 14-17

The 2016 tournament put Mille Lacs Lake in the spotlight: fishing pro after pro raving about hauling in multiple four-pound-plus smallmouth bass, a rainbow extending down to the water and the crowds turning out in force to see Minnesota’s own Seth Feider win the 2016 championship. millelacs_angler Full Story


Lack of snow means burning restrictions will happen soon

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds woodland owners to take care of vegetative debris such as dry branches now, as annual open burning restrictions will take effect shortly after snowmelt.  Full Story


Removal of diseased oaks at Myre-Big Island State Park will create rare savanna habitat

The removal of more than 100 diseased oak trees at Myre-Big Island State Park will allow restoration of rare prairie oak savanna, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on Grand Rapids area lake and stream management plans

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Grand Rapids area lakes and streams have until Friday, March 10, to ask questions or submit comments. Full Story


Mille Lacs Lake bass limit goes from 4 to 3 in May

Change will protect large fish and harvest opportunity

Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep three bass starting Saturday, May 27, when the bass harvest season begins. Catch-and-release bass fishing opens the same day as the walleye and northern pike fishing opener on Saturday, May 13.  Full Story


DNR EagleCam captures eagle pair’s first eggs of season

The first eggs of the year for a perennially nesting pair of eagles can be seen on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources EagleCam at mndnr.gov/eaglecam. Full Story


Minnesotans invited to help pick design for new pollinator critical habitat license plate

Minnesota motorists will soon have another vehicle license plate option to choose from to show their support of natural resources conservation, this one featuring a native pollinator.  Full Story


Cold temperatures create ideal tree pruning conditions

Winter is the ideal time to prune trees and help prevent the spread of diseases like oak wilt and Dutch elm, according to experts with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story