DNR invites comments on Dixon Lake vegetation management plan

(Released March 27, 2014)

Persons interested in reviewing and commenting on the Dixon Lake vegetation management plan have until April 11, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. Dixon Lake (DOW#: 310921) is located in northwest Itasca County.

The vegetation management plan was prepared by DNR invasive species program staff in cooperation with the Dixon Lake Association to define management actions to control invasive plants and protect native plant species. Management of curly-leaf pondweed, an invasive species, is an ongoing project on Dixon Lake that requires vegetation surveys each year.

The Dixon Lake vegetation plan calls for herbicide application to control dense stands of curly-leaf pondweed throughout the lake. Nearly all of the treatment areas occur at least 150 feet from the shoreline and are designed to avoid damage to native vegetation. A maximum of 71 acres could be treated; no more than 15 percent of the littoral area.

A copy of the management plan can be viewed at the DNR Regional office in Grand Rapids, or an electronic copy can be emailed by request. Written comments can be sent to Richard Rezanka, Invasive Species Specialist, 1201 E. Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, or by email to richard.rezanka@state.mn.us.