DNR invites public input on Thief Lake WMA master plan update

Open house scheduled for May 31

People can review and comment on an updated draft master plan for the Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area, and can attend an open house on Wednesday, May 31, in Thief River Falls. 

Thief Lake WMA’s 55,000 acres span the forest-prairie transition zone in northwestern Minnesota. At its core lies 7,100-acre Thief Lake, a large marsh that is an important production and staging area for waterfowl.

At the open house, DNR staff will provide copies of the draft plan and be available to answer questions and receive comments. The open house is 6-8 p.m., at the Thief River Falls DNR Area Office, 246 125th Ave NE in Thief River Falls. A brief presentation about the WMA and plan update will take place at 6:30 p.m.

The updated plan will be used to guide management of the WMA’s wetlands, forests, brushlands, prairies and grasslands, and agricultural lands, which provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species. The plan was last updated in 1980.

Those unable to attend the open house can review the draft plan update and submit comments online through Wednesday, June 14, on the Thief Lake plan update page.