Temperance River State Park to host camping basics program on June 22Jun 11, 2013
Families will learn all the skills they need to camp outdoors at a one-night “I Can Camp!” program on Saturday, June 22, at Temperance River State Park on the north shore of Lake Superior near Schroeder, Minn.
Experienced instructors from Conservation Corps Minnesota will teach participants basic camping and outdoor skills, including how to set up a tent, start a campfire and prepare simple and delicious meals. All camping equipment is provided (including tents, air mattresses and cook stoves). Participants just bring their own food and bedding (sleeping bags or blankets and pillows).
Adopt-a-Boat at North House Folk SchoolJun 6, 2013
This summer, North House Folk School in Grand Marais launches a new wooden boat adoption program specifically designed for local summer residents.
The school is looking for water-loving folks who want to lavish some TLC on a small wooden boat this spring, summer and fall. The reward? Countless placid evenings, halcyon mornings, and the occasional calm afternoon spent rowing around the Grand Marais harbor during the fleeting summer months. Consider this a summer fling; your commitment doesn't extend past the first snowflakes of fall. You'll be left with only sweet harbor memories of your boat, and none of the winter boat blues.
Boat Friends (BFs) agree to do some maintenance on a wooden boat in the spring and fall, and in return, are welcome to use the boat in the harbor throughout the summer (in accordance with water safety practices).
Call 387-9762 for more information, or stop by North House to fill out an application.
New segment of Gitchi-Gami State Trail opens along the North ShoreJun 4, 2013
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Silver Bay today to celebrate the official opening of a new, 2.3-mile paved segment of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Rainy - Lake of Woods Watershed Board seeks nominations for advisory groupJun 3, 2013
The new International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board is seeking nominations for its Industry Advisory Group (IAG).
The Industry Advisory Group is a forum to provide perspectives of local industries on both sides of the border on the Board’s activities related to water management and water quality. The Board hopes to recruit members that reflect the wide range of industrial interests in the watershed, such as hydroelectric power, paper production, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, mining, recreation and tourism. Membership is open to any industry operating in the Lake of the Woods - Rainy River watershed. The Board is currently looking for at least two members from each sector, one from each country.
Why did the turtle cross the road?May 30, 2013
Turtles are now crossing roads to reach nests, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking people to leave turtles alone as they cross roads to reach nesting areas.
Each year at this time, many female turtles move from lakes, ponds, wetlands, rivers and streams to nesting areas, where they deposit their eggs in self-excavated nests.
Unfortunately, many nesting areas are separated from the turtles’ wintering areas by roads they cross as they make their way to nests.
“Many turtles and other species are killed on Minnesota roads each year, especially during the nesting season,” said Carol Hall, DNR herpetologist.