DNR to accept public comment on walleye regulations for Sag, Sea Gull, and Gull lakesSep 13, 2014
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on experimental walleye regulations being considered for Saganaga, Sea Gull, and Gull lakes, and the Sea Gull River. All are located in Cook County, on or near the Minnesota-Ontario border. Regulations may include a 17-inch minimum size requirement and a limit of three fish, with only one fish over 20 inches allowed.
The regulations are being considered in response to concerns from anglers over a lack of smaller walleye in these waters, coupled with DNR assessment data showing declines in the number of walleye of all sizes present.
The minimum size limit is intended to protect younger fish from harvest, to maximize returns from natural reproduction and stocking. The lower bag limit is intended to prevent harvest of too many fish. The restriction on the number of fish over 20 inches has been included to be consistent with statewide walleye regulations, and to prevent overharvest of the largest walleye in these waters.
Work day scheduled at Devil Track River "Wildflower Sanctuary"Sep 11, 2014
The “Wildflower Sanctuary” on the Devil Track River has been a lovely place to visit for at least 50 years. The Cook County News-Herald included information about the area as long ago as July 13, 1961 with this tidbit of news: The lady slippers, Minnesota state flower, are in bloom at the wildflower sanctuary on the Gunflint Trail.
The Wildflower Sanctuary near Hedstrom Lumber Company had been cared for Grand Marais Garden Club volunteers through the years and as Garden Club members aged, the sanctuary fell into disrepair. In 2011, a major effort was undertaken to remove mature aspen trees that were blowing over and becoming hazardous. The Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee and Hedstrom Lumber teamed up to remove the trees and to expose the wildflowers that were being overshadowed by the trees and brush.
Since then, there has been a renewed effort to keep the walking paths clear and to keep invasive species out. The purpose of the Wildflower Sanctuary is to provide a place where residents and visitors alike can learn the identity of wildflowers in Cook County.
A workday at the Wildflower Sanctuary is scheduled for Sunday, September 14 at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome!
Cook County working on update to comprehensive land use guide plan -- comments wanted!Sep 11, 2014
“Cook County’s Comprehensive Land Use Guide Plan will direct county decision making and investment toward creating a future where residents can prosper and enjoy a quality lifestyle within an unparalleled natural setting for which we are dedicated stewards,” said Shari Baker, chair of the County Plan Update Committee. To ensure that the updated plan fully reflects the desires of the community Baker, on behalf of the Comprehensive Plan Committee, invites Cook County residents and property owners to participate in a community planning session on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais. The session will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Residents are being asked to participate in this meeting to suggest ideas regarding how the county should look in 20 years in terms of land use, community appearance, economic vitality, and community life. They will also have the opportunity to offer specific action steps needed to achieve that desired future.
DNR to revisit deer population goals in 2015Sep 3, 2014
Cook County is included in the preliminary details of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ upcoming 2015 deer population goal-setting process now available on the DNR’s website.
“Working with citizens to achieve conservation and management goals is integral to the mission of the DNR,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “To make sure that goals are based on the broad range of public interest in deer, we use a public process to help determine how many deer to manage for in a given area.”
Gitchi-Gami Trail Association's North Shore Bike Ride this SaturdayAug 13, 2014
The 14th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association North Shore Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, Aug. 16. The recreational bike ride will once again begin and end in Gooseberry Falls State Park.
Because of road construction, this year’s ride has some important changes from prior years. The regular 28-mile ride – out and back on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail (GGST) from Gooseberry through Split Rock Lighthouse State Park to Beaver Bay – will take place as usual.
However, the 37-mile and 55-mile loops will not be options this year.