DNR names Erika Rivers director of Parks and Trails Division

Current director set to retire in April

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr will appoint Assistant Commissioner Erika Rivers to serve as director of the Parks and Trails Division when its current director, Courtland Nelson, retires in April.  Full Story

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DNR’s Parks and Trails Division director to retire in April

A decade after he was hired by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Courtland Nelson, 63, will retire April 21 from his position as director of the Parks and Trails Division. Full Story

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Comment period for copper-nickel mine Supplemental Draft EIS closes March 13

The 90-day public comment period for the NorthMet Mining Project and Land Exchange Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) will end March 13, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. So far, the agency has received more than 19,000 comments. Full Story

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Learn how to make maple syrup at Minnesota state parks

Kao Thao drilling treeTap into a sweet Minnesota tradition by learning how to make maple syrup at Minnesota state parks this spring. Naturalists will demonstrate the process at free programs in March and early April, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Group with diverse interests to consider southeastern Minnesota deer goals

A broad cross-section of interests will be represented on the 21-member advisory team that will help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources set deer population goals in southeastern Minnesota. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on Grand Rapids area lake management plans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is preparing individual fisheries management plans for 22 lakes in Itasca and west-central St. Louis County and is inviting public comments on the plans. Fisheries managers use the plans to describe the past, present, and desired future conditions of the body of water. The plans identify goals and objectives for the fish community and identify specific management activities planned for the next 10 to 20 years. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on Brainerd area lake management plans

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. Full Story

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Register now for DNR beginners fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs, May 2-4

DNR Youth Fly fishing weekend

An opportunity to learn the basics of fly fishing from experienced mentors is being offered to adult and youth pairs during a special fly-fishing weekend at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center near Lanesboro, May 2-4, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR names Motley’s Dave Bartylla 2013 Snowmobile Safety Instructor of the Year

L-R: CO Jeff Halverson of Staples, Dave Bartylla, Erika Rivers, DNR assistant commissioner.

L-R: CO Jeff Halverson of Staples, Dave Bartylla, Erika Rivers, DNR assistant commissioner.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources named Dave Bartylla of Motley its 2013 Snowmobile Safety Instructor of the Year. The award is given annually to a volunteer who significantly advances the cause of safe snowmobiling through extraordinary service in training and education. Full Story

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DNR offers aquatic invasive species training to businesses

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering aquatic invasive species (AIS) training to owners of lake service provider businesses so they can legally work in lakes and rivers throughout the state. Full Story

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Cold weather causing winterkill on some southern Minnesota lakes

An especially cold winter is showing its effects around some southern Minnesota shallow lakes and ponds with dead or dying fish. In most cases it is the result of a normal process known as “winterkill,” according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Shallow lakes in southern Minnesota with an average depth of less than six feet are most susceptible. Full Story

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DNR eagle camera goes live with streaming video from metro nest

America’s national bird, the bald eagle, is about to become a regular visitor in homes, offices and classrooms across the state, thanks to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ nongame wildlife program and the citizens who donate to it, either directly or when filing their income taxes. Full Story

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Minnesota’s moose population trend shows no significant change

Aerial moose survey results for 2014 show no significant change in Minnesota’s moose population even though more animals were seen than last year.  Full Story

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DNR proposes to extend fall southeastern Minnesota trout season

The fall catch-and-release trout season in all of southeastern Minnesota would be extended from Sept. 30 to Oct. 15 if changes now being considered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are adopted. Full Story

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DNR catalog of women, outdoor family programs available

Women who want to learn how to hunt, fish or develop other outdoor skills can find a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities in the 2014 Becoming An Outdoors Woman (BOW) catalog. Full Story

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Ski, snowshoe or hike on candle-lit trails at Gooseberry Falls State Park

Minnesota state parks and trails will host 30 candlelight events this winter, including an event at Gooseberry Falls State Park on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. These events provide an opportunity to ski, snowshoe or hike on trails lit by candles or luminaries. Full Story

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Innvaer selected as Ducks Unlimited Conservation Partner of the Year

Stein Innvaer, assistant wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Nicollet has been selected Conservation Partner of the Year by Ducks Unlimited. Full Story

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Public invited to provide feedback on Big Rice, Little Rice Lake management

Department of Natural Resources Tower area wildlife managers and shallow lakes specialists will hold a public informational meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. to discuss Big Rice and Little Rice Lake management. Full Story

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Minnesota state parks report increases in permit sales and overnight stays in 2013

Sales of Minnesota state park permits increased in 2013, an indication that more people are connecting with the outdoors, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Mille Lacs: Safe harvest levels set; angling rules similar to 2013 anticipated

Walleye anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will likely see regulations similar to last year when the season opens May 10, based on the safe harvest level announced today by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Cross-country ski on candle-lit trails at Banning State Park

Minnesota state parks and trails will host 30 candlelight events this winter, including an event at Banning State Park on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. These events provide an opportunity to ski on trails lit by candles or luminaries. Full Story

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Ice fishing shelter removal dates approaching

Snow, cold and a slow bite has some ice anglers removing permanent fish houses from Minnesota waterways earlier than normal, report conservation officers (CO) with the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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New DNR plan aims to get Mille Lacs Lake back on track

National review of management part of effort to boost walleye numbers

Unprecedented change is occurring at Mille Lacs Lake and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking unprecedented actions to address it. Full Story

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Legacy Amendment helps clean up Crow River in St. Michael

An innovative project funded partially by a sales tax that voters approved five years ago is helping prevent part of St. Michael from being washed away by the Crow River, and improving downstream water quality in the process. Full Story

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Legacy Amendment helps clean up Crow River in St. Michael

An innovative project funded partially by a sales tax that voters approved five years ago is helping prevent part of St. Michael from being washed away by the Crow River, and improving downstream water quality in the process. Full Story

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Duluth meeting provides opportunities for public comment on NorthMet Supplemental Draft EIS

The first of three public meetings on PolyMet Mining’s proposed copper-nickel mine will be held at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) at 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 5 – 10 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Full Story

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Outdoor News offers savings for license buyers, youth hunters

Anglers and youth hunters are eligible for special savings from Minnesota Outdoor News. Full Story

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Fun winter events offered at Gooseberry Falls State Park

Minnesota state parks and trails host a wide variety of winter naturalist activities and events this winter, including several at Gooseberry Falls State Park. These events provide an opportunity to snowshoe by moonlight on park trails, learn more about native plants and animals through naturalist activities, or listen to guest speakers share their experiences or expertise. Full Story

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DNR’s new mobile website is a boon to outdoor recreationalists

A new, one-of-a-kind website that employs extensive mapping resources to help users locate hunting lands, state parks and forests and a wide range of other recreational areas is now available on mobile devices such as phones and tablets, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced. Full Story

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DNR aim is satisfied deer hunters, healthy deer herd

As a long-time Minnesota hunter and wildlife manager, Paul Telander has witnessed the ups and downs of Minnesota’s deer population.

As a hunter, he remembers when the season was closed in 1971 because deer numbers were precariously low. As a wildlife manager in northwestern Minnesota, he helped rebuild the herd that eventually led to a record harvest in 2003 of 290,000 deer.

Now as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ wildlife section chief and at a time in Minnesota’s history when the deer population is neither particularly high nor low, Telander answers questions about Minnesota’s deer population. Full Story

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Panel explores issues affecting state’s hunting, fishing tradition

Minnesota’s hunting and fishing tradition is facing unprecedented demographic challenges that will require new approaches to address declines in participation rates. Full Story

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New wetland map data available

The Department of Natural Resources has released updated wetland map data for 13 counties in east-central Minnesota, encompassing the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  The wetlands were originally mapped by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the late 1970s and early 1980s as part of the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI).  Full Story

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Mukooda Lake closed to lake trout harvest

Mukooda Lake, located in Voyageurs National Park in northern St. Louis County, will be closed to lake trout harvest effective Jan. 15. Full Story

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Grassroots allies work together to keep grass on the land

Protecting grassland and wetland habitat is one of the most critical environmental challenges facing Minnesota. In response, local teams have formed to consider common sense solutions to keep grass on the land, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Nearly 900 acres of public land added in Rice County south of Twin Cities

Nearly 900 acres of new public land south of the Twin Cities will be available for hunting, bird watching and other recreation as a new wildlife management area emerges and another grows, according to The Trust for Public Land and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Review of 7 Itasca County lakes results in no walleye regulation changes

The Department of Natural Resources announced that walleye harvest regulations on seven lakes throughout Itasca County will continue and no new regulations will be implemented at this time. Full Story

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Minnesotans age 16 or older fish free with kids Jan. 18-20

Minnesotans age 16 or older can try ice fishing or spear fishing without purchasing an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing during Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend Saturday, Jan. 18 through Monday, Jan. 20, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR seeking comments on Blufflands/Rochester Plateau subsection forest resource management plan

A draft of the Blufflands/Rochester Plateau subsection forest resource management plan is open for public comment until 4:30 p.m., Feb. 3, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Legacy funds boost effort to restore 150 years of degradation in the St. Louis River estuary

When the St. Louis River estuary was federally designated in 1987 as Great Lakes Area of Concern (AOC) by the Environmental Protection Agency, local citizens and resource agencies knew the task of restoring the estuary would be herculean. What they didn’t know was that 21 years later, Minnesota voters would give the project a boost by approving the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Full Story

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DNR closes wolf season in northwestern Minnesota

The 2014 wolf hunting and trapping season in northwestern Minnesota closes at the end of shooting hours on Friday, Dec. 27, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR advances work to protect lands, waters and species in 2013

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is working hard to preserve and protect the state’s environment through research and active conservation projects. Full Story

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Legacy Amendment helps support DNR native prairie restoration in northwestern Minnesota state parks

When hints of fall approach northwestern Minnesota, an Allis Chalmers combine becomes a regular sight as it bounces its way along the prairie lands of Glendalough and Buffalo River state parks. The combine, so perfectly named “Allis,” is harvesting seeds, specifically prairie plant seeds, some of which are rare and all of which are an integral part of the ever-shrinking remnants of native prairie in the state. Full Story

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15 citizens appointed to Game and Fish Fund oversight committees

Fifteen Minnesotans have been appointed to the citizen oversight committees that monitor the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ fish and wildlife spending. Full Story

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State and federal agencies release NorthMet Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement, opening public comment period

A comprehensive environmental analysis of Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine has been released for public review and input. Full Story

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Best start to winter recreation season since 2010

Anyone eager to get out cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling will find an abundance of opportunities at many Minnesota state parks and trails, thanks to this week’s heavy snowfall. Full Story

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