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Intensive fisheries management work underway on the Red River
- May 18, 2015
Anglers who fish the
Red River this year may see fisheries management work underway as the
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and North Dakota Game and
Fish Department conduct a fish population assessment and an angler
assessment will target channel catfish, but will provide valuable
information on other species as well,” said Jamison Wendel, DNR Red
River fisheries specialist. “We conduct the fish population and creel
surveys every five years.”
The Red River is a
destination fishery that attracts a significant number of out-of-area
anglers –including those from the Twin Cities and other states –
seeking trophy-sized channel catfish.
Some anglers may be
interviewed by DNR personnel at access points along the river during
the creel survey that began May 1 and will run through Wednesday,
“The purpose of the
creel survey is to measure fishing pressure and angler catch,” Wendel
said. “Data collected from these surveys on the Red River will provide
information to support fisheries management decisions and develop
future management plans.”
assessment will include sampling with trap nets and trot lines, and
will begin in late May and continue for two to three weeks. Biologists
will gather data on fish size, relative numbers and age.
year’s population assessment, the DNR will collaborate with the
Province of Manitoba, assisted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
to mark channel catfish with small tags near the dorsal fin.
fisheries resources of the Red River are shared with our Canadian
neighbors, and this study will help us understand migration and
dispersal of fish between nations,” Wendel said. “It may also help us
evaluate fish passage related to recent dam modification projects
along the Red River and tributary streams.”
The DNR is asking
anglers who catch channel catfish to report any fish that are tagged.
All tags will have a unique number to identify the fish, as well as a
toll free number, 855-207-7706, to call and report the tag. When
reporting a tagged fish, anglers should be prepared to provide:
- Tag number.
- Date of
- Location of
- Fish length.
- Whether the
fish was harvested or released.
contact information (optional) if the angler is interested in
receiving some background on the fish they caught.
information on the Red River fishery, visit
www.mndnr.gov/areas/fisheries/baudette/events.html and click on
“Fishing info for the Red River of the North” on the left side of the
Itasca State Park to begin watercraft inspections May
22 - May 18, 2015
All watercraft entering Itasca State Park will be inspected starting
May 22, as part of a new plan to prevent the spread of aquatic
invasive species in park waters, according to the Minnesota Department
of Natural Resources.
Watercraft will be
inspected at the north entrance and hours will vary. During inspection
hours, all watercraft arriving at the south or east park entrances
will be routed to the north entrance.
Inspectors will check
to ensure boaters follow clean, drain, dispose laws and may deny
access if necessary. Information will be available to visitors about
what they need to do to protect Minnesota waters.
“The lakes and
waters of Itasca State Park are precious resources,” said Chris
Gronewold, Itasca State Park resource specialist. “Our visitors have a
stake in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in park
waters, as well as all waters in the state.”
The law requires
boaters to clean weeds and debris from their boats, remove drain plugs
and keep them out while traveling, and dispose of unused bait in the
Zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny waterfleas can be
easily carried from one lake to another if aquatic plants or water are
left on a boat or trailer.
species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or
kill them before moving to another body of water, especially after
leaving zebra mussel or spiny waterflea infested waters, the DNR
recommends that boaters either:
- Spray boat
with high-pressure water;
- Rinse boat
with hot water (120 degrees for two minutes, or 140 degrees for 10
- Dry boat and
equipment for at least five days.
inspections at Itasca State Park are a cooperative effort by the DNR
Parks and Trails Division and Clearwater County, which funded the
watercraft inspector positions.
including a 30-second public service announcement about stopping the
spread of aquatic invasive species, is available at www.mndnr.gov/AIS.
Seedlings need to be planted correctly to grow future
woodlands - May 18, 2015
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds woodland owners
to plant seedlings correctly so they will grow into strong, healthy
“Taking the extra
time to correctly plant your seedling will help protect your time and
investment,” said Craig VanSickle, DNR state forest nursery
Spring is the best
time to plant seedlings.
the following steps:
- Keep the
roots moist (but not wet) until planting time.
- Dig a hole
twice as wide as and slightly deeper than the root length.
- If the hole
cannot be dug deep enough to fit the entire root system, trim the
roots to same length as the seedling’s above-ground height or 8
inches, whichever is longer.
- Place roots
into the hole so top of the first root is slightly below surface
roots evenly, making sure roots are straight and not doubled over.
- Backfill hole
to slightly above top of first root.
- Heel in soil
with foot to remove air pockets.
- Water entire
possible, place mulch around seedling, keeping mulch away from the
- Download an
instructional card on how to correctly plant seedlings at
lakeshore owners to report endangered salamanders, die-offs -
May 18, 2015
Department of Natural Resources is asking lakeshore owners and
citizens to report any mudpuppy salamanders they see, especially
die-offs on rivers and lakes. A die-off is defined as five or more
dead salamanders in a lake at the same place at the same time.
“We have had
several dead mudpuppy reports by lake residents these past few years
on Big Cormorant and Melissa lakes in Becker County,” said Krista
Larson, DNR nongame research biologist. “We have collected salamanders
to try to determine what has been killing them, but so far, the
results have been inconclusive.”
caught or found dead should be photographed and reported to
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the report line at
In 2013, mudpuppies
were added to the state’s list of endangered and threatened species as
a species of special concern due to habitat loss, stream siltation and
pollution, and overharvest for bait or by biological supply companies.
mistakenly call tiger salamanders “mudpuppies” or “waterdogs.” In
fact, mudpuppies are a separate species and the largest salamander in
Minnesota. While tiger salamanders spend their early lives in water
and adult lives on land, mudpuppies are Minnesota’s only fully aquatic
salamander, meaning they spend their entire lives in water.
about 13 to16 inches long, brown or grayish in color, have spots
peppered along their back and sides, and a light gray or buff
underside. They have small eyes, a paddle-like tail for swimming, and
external gills that look like feathery projections near their head.
are 7 to 13 inches long and are black with yellow markings. They are
easy to separate from mudpuppies if they are adults (lacking external
gills), but the young (larval) resemble small mudpuppies.
four toes on their back feet and tiger salamanders have five toes.
Additionally, mudpuppies have a back (dorsal) fin only on their tail,
whereas larval tiger salamanders have a dorsal fin that goes from
their tail and nearly reaches their head.
They’re found in
large to medium rivers throughout Minnesota, and also in lakes around
the Alexandria and Detroit Lakes area. They can be found in swift
gravel-bottom streams or slow muddy rivers. They lay eggs on the
undersides of rocks, sunken logs, or other underwater structures.
mudpuppies and other nongame wildlife is funded by donations to the
Nongame Wildlife Program and the Nongame Wildlife Checkoff on
Minnesota income tax forms.
To donate to the
DNR Nongame Wildlife Program or for more information about it, visit
To read more about
mudpuppies in the DNR’s Conservation Volunteer magazine, visit
Minnesota’s boating season kicks off with Safe Boating
Week - May 18, 2015
To kick off a safe boating season in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Gov.
Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have
joined the National Safe Boating Council in recognizing Saturday, May
16 through Friday, May 22, as the state’s official “Safe Boating
In a proclamation
signed by Dayton, he notes that the vast majority of fatal boating
accidents could have been prevented if the victims had been wearing
life jackets. The proclamation goes on to encourage boaters to
consider updated, more comfortable life jacket styles that are more
likely to be worn in a preventive manner.
The main theme of
Safe Boating Week is promotion of the voluntary, consistent use of
life jackets to decrease the number of boating fatalities that occur
each year. In 2014, there were 14 fatal boating accidents in
Minnesota, and in 13 of those cases the victim was not wearing a life
“Wearing a life
jacket is the easiest and most effective step you can take to stay
safe on the water,” said Debbie Munson Badini, DNR boat and water
safety education coordinator. “Safe Boating Week is a great time to do
some life jacket shopping and consider options you actually will wear,
such as inflatable harness or belt-style life jackets.”
To join the state
in celebrating Safe Boating Week, boaters are invited to submit photos
of themselves, family members, or friends who are wearing life jackets
to the DNR’s Boat and Water Safety Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/mndnrboatandwatersafety or on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/mndnr, using the hashtag #WearItMN.
Boaters are reminded
that Minnesota law requires children under 10 years of age to wear a
properly fitting life jacket when aboard a boat, unless it is tied to
a dock or anchored for swimming.
Additional details on
boating and life jacket regulations can be found in the 2015 Minnesota
Boating Guide or online at www.mndnr.gov/boatingsafety.
wildlife stamp artists and buyers help conservation efforts -
May 18, 2015
Ever since the 1977
debut of the waterfowl stamp in Minnesota, people have helped fund
fish and wildlife conservation by creating and buying stamps for trout
and salmon, waterfowl, pheasants, walleyes and turkey.
“Anyone can buy these
stamps, and stamp sales help fund walleye stocking and help enhance
fish and wildlife habitat,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife population
and regulation program manager with the Minnesota Department of
Natural Resources. “The art for these stamps is new each year and
chosen through annual contests.”
can be purchased at any time. To purchase a collectible stamp go to
www.mndnr.gov/licenses, click on fishing or hunting, then Stamps
(collectible), or call the DNR at 651-296-6157.
resident can enter stamp contests by submitting entries during these
- Trout and
salmon stamp contest, entries accepted Monday, Aug. 3, until 4
p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, and brook trout designs are not eligible
waterfowl stamp contest entries accepted Monday, Aug. 17, until 4
p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, and the American wigeon is the only eligible
species for depiction on the 2016 waterfowl stamp.
habitat stamp contest entries accepted Monday, Sept. 7, to 4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 18.
- Walleye stamp
contest entries accepted Monday, Oct. 5, to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct.
- Turkey stamp
contest entries accepted Monday, Dec. 7, to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec.
planning to fish for trout and salmon or hunt waterfowl or pheasants
are required to pay for stamp validations, which are printed on the
license. The turkey stamp is included in the license cost and the
walleye stamp is voluntary. For an extra 75 cents, license buyers can
have the pictorial stamp mailed to them.
For more information
on stamp contests, or to sign up to receive regular email updates on
the stamp contests, see www.mndnr.gov/contests/stamps.html.
MnDOT offers farmers standing corn row program -
Minn. – It may be springtime, but the Minnesota Department of
Transportation already is thinking about winter. The agency is
interested in talking with Minnesota farmers who are willing to leave
a minimum of six rows of corn stalks stand through next winter to earn
money and reduce the amount of snow blowing on state roads.
Farmers can connect
with MnDOT to learn about the program and determine if they are in a
location that needs snow protection. Additionally, MnDOT can help
farmers look at programs that assist in planting pollinator
vegetation, which provides benefits to pollinators and complements the
results of standing corn rows.
The standing corn rows
are part of MnDOT’s blowing snow control program, which started about
15 years ago and pays landowners to create snow fences or vegetation
that hampers snow drifts.
Corn rows break the
wind’s force, causing the snow to collect around the corn rows instead
of drifting onto the roads. The rows improve driver visibility during
“white out” conditions and improve road surface conditions, making
roads safer for the traveling public and also reducing road
“Standing corn rows
improve driver visibility, reduce accidents and reduce the need for
snow plowing,” said Shannon Wait, a MnDOT Living Snow Fence district
coordinator. “They also decrease the potential of ice forming on the
Payments are based per
acre using a University of Minnesota calculator tool to determine fair
compensation that factors in yield, production costs and inconvenience
MnDOT looks for fields
on the north and west sides of state highways and interstates where
drifting is a problem. Effective corn rows need to be about 200 feet
from the highway centerline. Agreements generally require farmers to
leave six to 16 rows of corn in various arrangements until the end of
March. Farmers may coordinate with nonprofit groups, like 4-H or
Future Farmers of America, to hand-pick the corn as long as corn
stalks are left in good condition.
The standing corn
program is a one-year program. For more information, contact Dan
Gullickson, Living Snow Fence Program coordinator, at 651 366-3610, or
Apply now to hunt elk in Minnesota -
May 12, 2015
Hunters have until Friday, June 12, to apply for
one of seven elk licenses offered this year by the Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources.
in applying for a license can find maps of the two hunting zones and
other pertinent information on the DNR website at
www.mndnr.gov/hunting/elk. Elk licenses will be available in Kittson
County’s central and northeast zones, while the Grygla area will be
closed to enable that area’s elk population to rebuild to goal levels.
“The goals of the
state’s elk management plan influence the number of hunting licenses
available,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “The
management plan aims to balance the interest of hunters, landowners
The DNR has
started a public process to revisit the elk management plan with the
intent to update objectives by 2016. Goals in the current plan were
established for 2009 to 2015.
As a result of
lower elk numbers, fewer licenses will be offered and this year’s hunt
will be restricted to one season. The 2015 elk season runs from
Saturday, Sept. 12, to Sunday, Sept. 20. Five bulls-only licenses will
be available in the Kittson County central zone (zone 20) and two
bulls-only licenses will be available in the Kittson County northeast
zone (zone 30). One landowner license will be available in the Kittson
County central elk zone.
aerial surveys conducted this winter in the Grygla area (zone 10)
identified 18 elk, which is the lowest count in a number of years and
is below the pre-calving goal range of 30 to 38 animals. This is the
third year in a row that the herd has been below goal and a season has
not been held.
The aerial survey
conducted in the Kittson County central zone (zone 20) also indicated
a population decline, with 34 elk observed this year. While the herd
has declined in size, it is still above the established population
goal of 20 to 30 animals.
Elk within the
Kittson County northeast zone spend a portion of the year in Manitoba,
Canada. A short-term population goal of 150 to 200 elk has been
collaboratively established for this international herd, which
consists of approximately 100 elk.
Apply at any DNR
license agent, the DNR License Center at 500 Lafayette Road in St.
Paul, www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense or by telephone at 888-665-4236.
Hunters may apply individually or in parties of two. There is a
non-refundable application fee of $4 per hunter. License cost is $287.
burning restrictions in much of Minnesota -
May 11, 2015
Department of Natural Resources is lifting burning restrictions today,
May 14, in numerous Minnesota counties due to decreased fire danger
because of precipitation and
green-up. This means
burning permits will be available for burning of vegetative materials.
Although the state is lifting restrictions, local counties or
municipalities may have specific regulations or restrictions that
affect burning. Check with local authorities to obtain proper permits
conditions and burning restrictions can be found at
fire danger can change quickly, DNR foresters are able to restrict
burning permits in individual counties whenever conditions warrant.
This could occur if there is a dry, windy day where fires could start
easily and burn quickly.
The DNR advises
anyone doing burning to keep burn piles small, have a water supply
nearby and stay with the fire until it is completely out. If fire
escapes, the person who started the fire is responsible for the damage
and suppression costs.
Burning permits are
available through state and federal forestry offices, from local fire
wardens or online by paying a $5 fee per calendar year. Online permits
need to be activated on the day of the burn.
will remain in place in northern Minnesota until sufficient green-up
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