DNR urges state forest and off-highway vehicle trail users to check for temporary closuresMar 31, 2015
With warm weather on the way, many off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders may be eager to hit the trails, but state forest roads and trails are typically wet during the spring, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will need to close some areas temporarily.
“The spring thaw leads to soft soils, which may be susceptible to damage,” said Scott Kelling, northeast regional manager for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “Temporary closures are being put in place across the state.”
DNR seeks volunteers for frog and toad calling surveyMar 26, 2015
The Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Wildlife Program is seeking volunteers to participate in the Minnesota Frog and Toad Calling Survey to help track population changes in the state’s 14 frog and toad species. Frogs and toads are one of the best indicators of wetland health.
New volunteers receive a kit that includes a CD containing calls of Minnesota’s frog and toad species, a poster of the state’s frogs and toads, a map of a pre-defined route in an area of their choice, and directions on how to run the route. A vehicle is required to travel between stops.
Learn to camp, paddle and more at Minnesota state parksMar 20, 2015
Registration for I Can Camp! and other skill-building programs begins March 20, the first day of spring
People who lack the experience or equipment to go on a camping, canoeing or fishing trip should consider signing up for one of the many introductory programs offered at Minnesota state parks and trails in 2015.
Reservations are now being taken for the following beginner-level programs, which start in June and continue through the end of August:
Cook County Historical Society hosts "Small Talk" with local musher Arleigh JorgensonMar 17, 2015
The Cook County Historical Society is presenting a "Small Talk" on dog sled history by Arleigh Jorgenson of Grand Marais. Jorgenson was the 2015 keynote speaker at the John Beargrease Sled Dog Race gala.
The public is invited to the free presentation on Saturday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery, 115 Wisconsin Street, Grand Marais.
Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Cook County Historical Society at (218) 387-2883 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor Dayton proposes "buffer" to protect Minnesota watersMar 16, 2015
Governor Mark Dayton has proposed an initiative aimed at protecting Minnesota’s waters from erosion and runoff pollution.
Known as the Buffer Initiative, the legislation requires at least 50 feet of perennial vegetation around Minnesota’s waters. Buffers help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment by slowing runoff, trapping sediment with these pollutants and allowing vegetation to absorb them.
To learn more, visit: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/buffers/index.html