Flowering rush confirmed in Grants Lake in Douglas County

First time invasive aquatic plant has been confirmed in county

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed small patches of flowering rush, an invasive aquatic plant, in Grants Lake in Douglas County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Alexander in Morrison County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Alexander in Morrison County.  Full Story


West Nile virus impacting Minnesota loon population

A recent uptick in reports of dead loons and test results indicate an impact from West Nile virus (WNV), according to nongame wildlife staff at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Remer area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around August 15 and continue through approximately September 20 on select parcels in the Remer State Forest in the vicinity of the Pine Tree Hunter Walking Trail.

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DNR hosts second round of area open houses for deer conversation

Public can meet local wildlife staff and learn about upcoming hunting season changes

Local wildlife managers across the state are again inviting the public to come to open house meetings to ask their deer-related questions and offer thoughts on deer issues.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Hand Lake in Cass County; Upper Cormorant Lake in Becker County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Hand Lake in Cass County and Upper Cormorant Lake in Becker County. Two smaller lakes and an unnamed wetland connected to Upper Cormorant Lake will also be listed for zebra mussels.b Full Story


Applications open for new career pathway program

Program aims to increase diversity in environmental, natural resource careers

The Department of Natural Resources, the Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources have partnered to launch the Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers program.  Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Aitkin area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 22 and continue through approximately September 15.  Sites are located in the Hill River, Savanna, and Solana State Forests. Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Littlefork area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 15 and continue through approximately September 15 on select parcels in the Pine Island, Smokey Bear and Koochiching state forests. Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Cloquet Forestry Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 30 and continue through approximately September 10  on parcels located in the Fond du Lac and Cloquet Valley state forests. Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Hibbing area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 15 and continue through approximately Sept. 10 on 110 acres in the Hibbing area. Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Tower area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 15 and continue through approximately Sept. 15 on selected sites in the Kabetogama and Bear Island State Forests. Full Story


DNR officials offer condolences on loss of Red Lake Nation Conservation Officer Shannon Barron

Red Lake Nation Conservation Officer Shannon Barron passed away in the line of duty Sunday, July 7, after suffering a medical emergency while responding to a call for service. Barron had been a Red Lake Nation conservation officer since 2000. Full Story


Itasca State Park to dedicate new amphitheater

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Itasca will host a dedication event on Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the new Lake Itasca Amphitheater at Itasca State Park.  Full Story


New self-registration stations at Cuyuna Country SRA add convenience

Visitors to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton now have more convenient options to buy their state park vehicle permits. Five new self-registration stations have been installed throughout the complex.  Full Story


DNR announces hiring of new directors for Fish and Wildlife and Lands and Minerals divisions

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has hired two veteran state government leaders to head the agency’s Fish and Wildlife and Lands and Minerals divisions.  Full Story


Intoxicated boaters are target of increased patrols during holiday week

Law enforcement working to keep waterways safe as part of Operation Dry Water

In Minnesota and across the nation, BWI is the leading contributing factor in boating accidents and fatalities. In the past two years, half of the fatal boating incidents in Minnesota involved alcohol, which is higher than the five-year average. Operation Dry Water coincides with the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend, when BWI-related injuries and deaths tend to spike.  Full Story


Public invited to help remove invasive plants at Iron Horse Prairie Scientific and Natural Area

July 13 event to target removal of wild parsnip

The public can help remove invasive plants from Iron Horse Prairie Scientific and Natural Area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Whitewater State Park centennial includes special concert

A century ago in 1919, Congress established the Grand Canyon as a national park, while closer to home, the Minnesota Legislature appropriated $10,000 for the purchase of 240 acres in Winona County to be preserved as a state park.  Full Story


Avoid hitting loons during holiday boating and throughout season

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters to watch for loons not only around the Fourth of July holiday, but also as part of their season-long safety procedures.  Full Story


Wildlife Drive opening at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area

The 27-mile “Wildlife Drive” through the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area, located 20 miles northwest of Roseau, will be open to vehicular travel from July 20 through July 28 and then weekends through Aug. 11. The drive traverses wetland, woodland, brushland and farmland habitats, providing visitors an opportunity to see wildlife.    Full Story


DNR offers ‘Fireworks Free Fourth’ for veterans and military personnel at Minnesota state parks

Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are a great place to celebrate the July 4th holiday quietly with family or friends, away from loud firework displays. Minnesota rules prohibit the use of fireworks in state parks.  Full Story


Fort Snelling State Park remains closed through July 4th for cleanup

A popular Twin Cities destination for Independence Day family picnics, swimming and other summer fun will remain closed this 4th of July due to continued cleanup efforts necessitated by extended spring flooding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


5 easy hacks to get outdoors this summer

DNR’s state parks and trails director shares tips to get Minnesotans outside

The Department of Natural Resources offers a number of tips for busy Minnesotans to reduce the burden of planning an outdoor adventure.   Full Story


Aquatic invasive species prevention enhanced by watercraft registration increase

Measure going into effect Monday is broadly supported by boating and lake groups

A broadly-supported measure going into effect Monday, July 1, will significantly enhance aquatic invasive species prevention and management in Minnesota. Full Story


Aquatic invasive species education highlights holiday campaign

Weekends around Independence Day are year’s busiest for boating

Partners at water access sites across Minnesota and throughout the Great Lakes region will conduct a targeted campaign from June 28 to July 7 to inform boaters and others about aquatic invasive species.  Full Story


Volunteer instructors crucial to DNR Enforcement safety training program

Since the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division began offering firearms safety training nearly 65 years ago, it has certified more than 1.3 million students – an average of about 20,000 per year. Full Story


DNR seeking comments on transmission line environmental review document

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments through July 24 on an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed electric transmission line and substation in Itasca County. Full Story


4 invasive carp confirmed in Minnesota waters

Latest fish captures do not indicate reproduction

 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the capture of a bighead carp and two silver carp, and detection of a third, tagged silver carp, within the past several weeks. The bighead carp was captured at the Xcel Energy King Power Plant in Oak Park Heights. All of the silver carp were in Pool 4 of the Mississippi River between Red Wing and Wabasha in southeastern Minnesota.  Full Story


Pollinators are key to Minnesota’s environmental health

Without them, we wouldn’t have some of our favorite foods. They are vital to a healthy environment. They’re also beautiful and fascinating to watch. They’re pollinators, and this week is dedicated to understanding, appreciating and helping them.  Full Story


State records topple for 2 species of Minnesota fish

Anglers have set new Minnesota state records for whitefish and golden redhorse.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources certified a record 13 pound, 9 ounce whitefish caught by an Oklahoma angler ice fishing on Lake of the Woods, and a 4 pound, 13 ounce golden redhorse caught by an angler who beat his own state record.  Full Story


DNR, MPCA issue joint statement on Line 3 decision

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are committed to a fair, efficient, and thorough review of Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project applications.  Full Story


DNR asks motorists to ‘give turtles a brake’

Watch for turtles on roadways

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding motorists that turtles are crossing roads to nest this time of year. Motorists are asked to watch for them and, whenever possible, allow them to cross the road safely.  Full Story


Anglers: Releasing big sunfish helps protect against stunted population

Minnesota anglers harvest around 16 million sunfish each year, making them the state’s most harvested fish. To protect big sunfish and avoid stunted populations of sunfish, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging anglers to release large sunfish, and keep smaller fish for eating.  Full Story


DNR announces appointments to its statewide deer advisory committee

Nineteen individuals will provide input on deer management issues, serving on a new committee the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources created to foster the exchange of information and ideas between the agency and the public.  Full Story


Dodge County groundwater sampling planned

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples from about 90 wells in Dodge County this summer for use in the Groundwater Atlas of Dodge County. Full Story


Silver Bay police chief is 2018 ATV safety instructor of the year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Doug Frericks, an ATV safety coordinator and instructor in Silver Bay, as the 2018 ATV safety instructor of the year. Full Story


Celebrating 10 years of outdoor skill-building programs

The 2019 season of I Can! programs kicks off this weekend at Minnesota state parks and trails. The governor’s office is teaming with the Department of Natural Resources this year to mark the 10th anniversary of offering these outdoor skill-building programs across the state.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Bone Lake in Washington County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Bone Lake, just east of Forest Lake, in Washington County.  Full Story


Lt. Mike Shelden’s retirement marks big change in Alexandria

It was two decades ago – maybe more – when Mike Shelden knocked on the door of a fish house, identified himself as a conservation officer, and let himself in. The angler inside sat with his back to the door, tending more lines than the two that were allowed. The man didn’t even bother turning around.  Full Story


DNR releases Minnesota’s National Wetlands Inventory update

10-year project will help protect wetlands

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has completed a 10-year effort to provide much more accurate maps of Minnesota’s wetlands. The update of the state’s National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) used new technologies to produce a clearer picture of Minnesota’s wetlands, lakes, rivers and streams.   Full Story


Regional Director Rita Albrecht announces retirement

DNR seeking applicants to lead northwest region operations

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Regional Director Rita Albrecht will retire July 9, the agency announced Friday.  Full Story


Sibley State Park celebrates centennial

Full slate of activities scheduled for June 8

Everyone’s invited to celebrate Sibley State Park’s centennial year on Saturday, June 8, with entertainment and family-friendly activities all day. The park is located near the west-central city of New London in Kandiyohi County.  Full Story


DNR seeks volunteers for loon monitoring program

New online system launched

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers for its loon monitoring program. As part of this effort, the DNR has launched a new online system that will help volunteers identify lakes available for monitoring.  Full Story


Make safe boating top priority on Memorial Day weekend

Water remains dangerously cold, life jackets a necessity

Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the summer boating season, but boaters should keep in mind water temperatures remain spring-like. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges boaters to wear life jackets no matter the water temperature or season, but it’s especially important this time of year, when wearing a life jacket is the one action that significantly increases the chances of surviving a fall into cold water.  Full Story