June 13 is PlayCleanGod Day in MinnesotaJun 10, 2015
PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks announces the third annual Minnesota PlayCleanGo Day on June 13, held in collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources. PlayCleanGo encourages individuals and families to take to the outdoors and enjoy parks, trails and campgrounds across Minnesota while supporting efforts to prevent the spread of terrestrial (land-based) invasive species.
On June 13, Minnesota state parks will also be celebrating the eighth annual National Get Outdoors Day, which encourages healthy and active outdoor fun by waiving all entrance fees. In Cook County, Cascade River State Park will participate in the event.
North Shore Forest Collaborative to meet at Gunflint Ranger Station May 29May 27, 2015
The North Shore Forest Collaborative spring meeting will be held May 29 at the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais.
Organizers note that much has been happening with forest restoration on the North Shore, and the future looks bright.
The meeting will include a field trip to see restoration projects in progress and opportunities to learn about upcoming projects. The field trip includes areas in and around Cascade State Park followed by two small group exercises after lunch at the ranger station.
"Art along the Lake" planned for Memorial Day weekendMay 23, 2015
Early last winter local art galleries gathered to see where there might be synergies and opportunities to support each other. Out of those meetings came a few projects.
The “Art Along the Lake” event was planned for Memorial Day weekend, and the galleries have coordinated their events and schedules to create a full weekend of demonstrations, hands-on activities, music and refreshments.
A critical component is an art gallery guide. The guide, just published, lists 12 art galleries and includes a map and a link to information about other local arts activities.
In addition to supporting the Memorial Day weekend, the guide will be useable throughout the year.
For questions or more information, contact Marcia Hyatt at (218) 663-7008.
Grand Portage National Monument seeks input on "the meadow"May 20, 2015
There was a good turnout for the public meeting at the Grand Portage Heritage Center on Monday evening, April 27. Community members came to hear current proposals and share thoughts about how to best preserve and interpret the historic meadow area east of Grand Portage Creek.
Historic photographs of the meadow area were shared by community members and park staff. Members of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa whose families have lived in Grand Portage for generations shared memories of when the meadow area was “Downtown Grand Portage.”
DNR announces fishing closuresMay 10, 2015
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced several fishing closures in Cook County during the beginning of the 2015 fishing season to protect concentrations of spawning walleye. Closures on Minnesota-Ontario waters are made in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and affect both sides of the border.
Closures apply to fishing only; travel is permitted through these areas.
All closed areas will be posted, but they are primarily near the end of the Gunflint Trail—on Sea Gull River and Lake through Gull Lake, Saganaga, Little Gunflint, Little North, Cross River and so on.
The closures are intended to protect concentrations of walleye that may be vulnerable to over-harvest in what may be a year with relatively late ice-out and delayed spawning due to a persistently cool spring. Closures apply to fishing only; travel is permitted through these areas.
Questions may be directed to the DNR fisheries office in Grand Marais at 218-387-3056