DNR seeks comments on Brainerd area lake management plans

(Released February 21, 2014)

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Brainerd area lakes have until Friday, March 14, to ask questions or submit comments.

“Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the waters,” said Marc Bacigalupi, Brainerd area fisheries manager. “The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next five to 20 years.”

Every year DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area. All lakes are located in Crow Wing County except Big Bass which is located in Cass County. In the Brainerd area, plans for the following lakes and streams will reviewed:

• Big Bass.

• Greer.

• Emily.

• Mary.

• O’Brien.

• Strawberry.

• Huntington.

• Mallen Mine.

• Snoshoe Mine.

People can review current plans for lakes and streams in the area as well as recent fish population assessment information at the DNR’s Brainerd area fisheries office, 1601 Minnesota Dr., in Brainerd. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals also may call 218-828-2550, or e-mail sue.loss@state.mn.us to request a copy of a plan or submit comments on a plan.

Public comments on management plans will be taken through Friday, March 14. Comments may be submitted via mail or e-mail.

Suggestions for management of any of the other lakes and streams in the Brainerd area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are due for review.