The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting an informational open house to discuss the proposed Gull River wildlife management area (WMA) near Pillager. The open house is Wednesday, August 13, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Sylvan Township Hall, at 12956 24th Ave. SW, Pillager.
The proposed Gull River WMA would encompass up to five tracts of habitat, including wetlands and uplands along and near the Crow Wing and Gull rivers. The majority of the proposed WMA would exist through a no-fee lease agreement between Allete (also referred to as Minnesota Power and Light) and the DNR.
Allete would retain ownership of the land, and the DNR would work cooperatively with Allete on wildlife management, noxious weed control and enforcement responsibilities if the agreement is established.
The WMA would be open to nonmotorized access, wild rice harvest, hunting and trapping. Permanent deer stands and ATV use would not be permitted on the WMA.
More information about the state’s WMAs and their allowed uses is available at www.mndnr.gov/wmas and the 2013 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook beginning on page 98.
Representatives from Allete and the Army Compatible Use Buffer program will also attend the open house and will be available to answer questions.
Questions or written comments on the proposed Gull River WMA can be directed to Christine Reisz at 218-927-6915, or firstname.lastname@example.org until Aug. 29.