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April 16, 2015
these are the good old days
If waiting until Saturday, May 9, for the
walleye opener seems like an exercise in extreme patience, an entirely
different type of fishing can be found after a short hike to the bank
of a southeastern Minnesota trout stream.
“The Minnesota stream trout opener is Saturday,
April 18, and the southeastern part of the state is an angler’s
paradise for anyone willing to park the boat and do some walking and
wading,” said Vaughn Snook, Lanesboro assistant area fisheries manager
with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “The area has more
than 700 miles of designated trout streams.”
Anglers can find all three of Minnesota’s trout
species in southeastern streams: brook trout, the only native species;
brown trout, the most abundant, with reports of 30-inch monsters
caught each year; and rainbow trout, stocked in catchable sizes where
angling pressure is high.
Places to fish in the southeast also are ample.
With 221 miles of angler easements – land along streams that’s
privately owned but open for fishing – access to trout streams is
readily available. State parks such as Whitewater, Forestville Mystery
Cave and Beaver Creek Valley also provide quality cold-water angling
The DNR publishes a booklet of maps
highlighting where to access streams in the southeast. The maps also
are available at www.mndnr.gov/fishing/trout_streams by clicking on
southern Minnesota maps.
“With this year’s early spring, anglers should
find conditions favorable for an excellent opener,” Snook said. “The
absence of a late snowmelt or heavy rains means waters should be clear
and easy to wade.”
Warmer temperatures will likely mean more
active fish. There are even reports of some early insect hatches,
adding an element of interest for fly-fishing anglers who may try to
“match the hatch.” Anglers can check with DNR area fisheries offices
in Lanesboro or Lake City for current conditions.
The southeast’s prominence as a cold-water
destination is largely the result of the area’s unique geology.
Fractured limestone bedrock – or karst – gives rise to numerous
underground streams that bubble up as springs, providing the cold,
clean water needed by trout. A wet cycle over the past few decades has
helped recharge those springs.
Better land use practices within the largely
agricultural watersheds of southeastern Minnesota streams also have
benefitted water quality. And in-stream improvement projects
undertaken by the DNR in partnership with Trout Unlimited have helped
provide more trout habitat. The result is some of the best trout
fishing anywhere in the upper Midwest.
“These streams represent a real success story,”
Snook said. “With twice as many fish per mile now as back in the 1970s
and 1980s, these are the good old days when it comes to trout fishing
in southeastern Minnesota.”
Anglers need a trout stamp when fishing in
designated trout lakes and streams, unless they are 65 or older, or
younger than 18, or are fishing with a valid 24- or 72-hour license,
or are otherwise exempt from fishing license requirements.
Anglers fishing a nondesignated trout lake or
stream do not need a trout stamp unless they are trying to catch trout
or decide to keep one. Anglers 65 or older, or younger than 18, or
fishing with a valid 24- or 72-hour license, do not need a trout stamp
to fish for or keep trout anywhere. The stamp adds $10 to the cost of
a fishing license, and for an additional 75 cents anglers can have the
pictorial stamp mailed to them.
More information on trout
fishing can be found at www.mndnr.gov/fishmn/trout.
DNR awards more trap range grants -
April 16, 2015
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
has issued $823,359 in a second round of trap range grants to 29
facilities across the state as part of a statewide effort to promote
the development and enhancement of trap-shooting facilities.
There were 26 small trap range grants approved
for funding totaling $323,627. Three grants larger than $25,000 were
also approved for funding totaling $499,732. That compares to 41 small
trap range grants totaling $400,000 last year. Small grants range from
$2,500 to $25,000, while large grants begin at $25,000.
The Minnesota Legislature last year authorized
more than $2 million for matching grants to recreational shooting
clubs for developing or rehabilitating trap shooting sports facilities
for public use, with an emphasis on enhancing youth participation
“We funded a lot of worthy projects from the
first two rounds of grants,” said Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range
program coordinator. “We still have approximately $1 million remaining
for round three as well.”
Development of the grants program follows a
significant rise in youth trap shooting, especially by high school
students who are part of a statewide league. Existing trap ranges
sometimes struggle to meet demand.
“This program aims to increase opportunities
for youth trap shooters, youth trap teams and adult shooters,” said
The next round of grant applications will be
announced this summer. Here is a list of the latest awarded grants:
Small trap range grants:
Agate Bay Gun
Albany Sportsmen’s Club, $7,510
Sportsmen’s Club, $3,435
Cripple Creek Outdoors, $25,000
Dalton Outdoors, $18,695
Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club, $4,899
Hardwood County Sportsmen’s Club, $6,650
Hasty Silver Creek,
of the Red Trap Club, $3,129
Henning Range, $25,000
Sportsmen’s Club, $3,099
Morristown Gun Club, $24,648
Northland Range &
Gun Club, $10,560
Owatonna Gun Club, $18,277
Shooting Club, $4,893
Pine Island White Pine SC, $8,381
Sportsmen’s Club, $12,000
Shooters Sporting Clays, $24,622
Silver Beaver Rifle
and Pistol Club, $5,184
Tri-County Sportsmen’s Club, $25,000
Warroad Lost River
Sportsmen’s Complex, $12,497
Wells Rifle and Pistol Club, $15,435
Conservation Club, $6,500
Willmar Trap Club, $11,500
Large trap range grants:
Shooting Sports Park, $419,732
Delano Sportsman’s Club, $30,000
Minnesota state parks – they’re for the birds!
April 16, 2015
As far as Bob Janssen is concerned, Minnesota
state parks are for the birds.
A noted ornithologist and avid birder, Janssen
has written a new book highlighting state parks as a great place to
observe the wide variety of birds that nest in the state or pass
through on their spring and fall migrations. More than 400 different
species have been spotted at one time or another in Minnesota, and
about 300 of the 315 regularly occurring bird species in the state
have been recorded in state parks.
“Birds of Minnesota State Parks” divides the
state into four ecological areas known as “biomes,” with detailed
information on the parks in each one: what kinds of birds are likely
to be seen there and recommendations on where to find them. The book
includes park maps, photos and insights from the author.
“Looking for birds and trying to identify them
is something nearly everyone can enjoy, and Minnesota state parks
offer some of the best viewing opportunities around,” said Erika
Rivers, director of the Parks and Trails Division at the Department of
Natural Resources. “This new book will be a great resource for serious
birders as well as beginners.”
Most state parks have birding kits, which can
be checked out for free. The kits include binoculars, guide books and
a list of birds for each park.
The book will be available for $19.95 at state
parks with nature stores. It also can be ordered from Minnesota’s
Bookstore at http://tinyurl.com/kfxp7ay, or by calling 651-297-3000 or
800-657-3757 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday).
Janssen will be at the following state parks to
talk about his birding experiences and sign books:
- Saturday, June 6, 6 p.m. – Sibley (New
- Saturday, June 20, 7 p.m. – William
O’Brien (Marine on St. Croix).
- Saturday, June 27, 7 p.m. – Mille Lacs
- Thursday, July 23, 6:30 p.m. – Fort
Snelling (St. Paul).
- Saturday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. – Tettegouche
- Saturday, Aug. 8, 1 p.m. – Itasca (Park
- Saturday, Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m. – Whitewater
A variety of birding programs — including an
entire Bird Bonanza Weekend at St. Croix State Park, May 22-24, — also
are scheduled at Minnesota state parks from now into the fall.
Details about the book signing and birding
programs can be found on the Parks and Trails Division’s birding Web
page at www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/birding.html.
The book is a joint project of the DNR’s Parks
and Trails Division and its Nongame Wildlife Program, which helps
support more than 700 species of Minnesota animals, including many
that are threatened or endangered.
Funding for this publication was cooperatively
provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment and by
donations to the DNR Nongame Wildlife Checkoff on Minnesota tax forms.
The Parks and
Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales
tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of
regional or statewide significance.
Wildfire Prevention Week April 19-25 -
April 16, 2015
Gov. Mark Dayton
has declared April 19-25 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota to
increase awareness of outdoor wildfire hazards.
most wildfires occur in the spring between snow melt and vegetation
green up because last year’s dry vegetation can quickly catch fire. So
far this year, more than 800 fires have burned over 15,000 acres. The
DNR has already responded to almost twice as many fires as the agency
did in the entire last year.
average, fire agencies in Minnesota annually respond to 1,200
wildfires that burn over 38,000 acres at a cost of tens of millions of
“With last year’s
drought, lack of winter snow fall and early spring, wildland
firefighters and rural fire departments are already battling wildfires
this spring,” said Linda Gormanson, Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources wildfire prevention coordinator.
fires are human-caused, and the number-one cause is escaped debris
from burning fires. Finding alternatives to burning such as mulching
or composting can go a long way to avoiding these fires in the first
A burning permit
is required to burn vegetative material unless there is at least 3
inches of snow on the ground. The DNR or local governments may also
restrict burning if weather conditions warrant.
information on statewide fire danger and burning restrictions is
available at www.mndnr.gov/forestry/fire. Burning permits are
available online, from local fire wardens or DNR forestry offices.
defined as a fire no larger than 3 feet in diameter and height, and
surrounded by a cleared area, may be used without a permit. Be safe
with fire. Keep a shovel and water at hand, never leave the fire
unattended, and make sure fires are completely out before leaving.
DNR to begin reforesting state land in northeastern Minnesota
April 16, 2015
Spring is a busy
time for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources forestry staff. As
timber harvesting activities wind down, attention turns to
regeneration of recently harvested forest stands.
Starting in late
April, tree planting crews contracted by the DNR are scheduled to
begin planting more than 800,000 tree seedlings on state forests in
northeastern Minnesota. A combination of bareroot and containerized
seedlings from the Minnesota State Forest Nursery and private industry
partners will be planted. Most of these will be conifers such as red,
white and jack pine, white and black spruce, and tamarack. Some
hardwoods such as yellow birch, red oak and bur oak will also be
“The DNR selects
trees that are native to the area and that are best suited for the
planting site so they will grow strong and live long,” said Rick
Klevorn, DNR silviculture program coordinator.
about 3,600 acres will be aerially seeded with black spruce, tamarack,
and jack, red and white pine. Aerial seeding is an inexpensive and
effective way to give lowland conifer sites an excellent chance for
photography will be analyzed to determine the success of these
reforestation efforts and the need for follow-up care such as weed
control and removal of competing vegetation. This is an effective way
to evaluate wetland sites that are difficult to reach by road during
the summer. A percentage of the sites will be visited by DNR staff to
ensure accuracy of the remotely sensed data.
It’s not too late
to purchase seedlings for spring plantings on private forest land.
Visit www.mndnr.gov/forestry/nursery/index.html or contact the
Minnesota State Forest Nursery at 800-657-3767 for a list of available
comments can be directed to Rick Klevorn at 651-259-5274 or
DNR offers guidance for turkey
ST. PAUL -
While avian influenza has not yet been found in wild turkeys,
hunters are nonetheless reminded of ways to avoid potentially
spreading the virus.
To date, highly-pathogenic avian influenza
(HPAI) has been found in Cottonwood, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lyon,
Meeker, Nobles, Pope, Stearns and Watonwan counties. So far, it has
only been confirmed in domestic turkey farms. Waterfowl are the
natural reservoirs for the virus.
Wild turkeys are presumed to be susceptible to
HPAI. Raptors are known to be susceptible.The virus presents a low
risk to humans but it is important to avoid contact with sick birds.
“Turkey hunters can take steps to minimize the
risk of spreading HPAI, and they can be excellent scouts in helping
identify wild birds like raptors or turkeys that could have been
affected,” said Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health program
supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The USDA makes the following recommendations
for turkey hunters to protect themselves and their birds from avian
In the field
- Do not harvest or handle wild birds that
are obviously sick or found dead.
- Dress your game birds in the field
- Use dedicated tools for cleaning game,
whether in the field or at home. Do not use those tools around
your poultry or pet birds.
- Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning
- Double bag the internal organs and
feathers. Tie the inner bag, and be sure to take off your rubber
gloves and leave them in the outer bag before tying it closed.
Place the bag in a trash can that poultry and pet birds cannot
access. This trash can should also be secure against access by
children, pets, or other animals.
- Wash hands with soap and water immediately
after handling game. If soap and water are not available, use
- Wash all tools and work surfaces with soap
and water. Then, disinfect them. Do not eat, drink, or smoke while
- If you clean a bird at home, keep a
separate pair of shoes to wear only in your game cleaning area. If
this is not possible, wear rubber footwear and clean/disinfect
your shoes before entering or leaving the area.
- Wash all tools and work surfaces with soap
and water. Then, disinfect them.
- Avoid cross-contamination. Keep uncooked
game in a separate container, away from cooked or ready-to-eat
- You should always cook game meat
thoroughly; poultry should reach an internal temperature of 165
degrees Fahrenheit to kill disease organisms and parasites.
The risk to the public is very low, and there
is no food safety concern, according to the Minnesota Department of
The DNR also advises hunters that if they see
any birds that have died in the field or appear sick (ruffled
feathers, swollen wattles, discoloration of the feet and impaired
balance) notify DNR staff as soon as possible and don’t touch or
attempt to move the birds.
If you see a dead or sick wild turkey or
raptor, mark the location by GPS if possible and contact DNR with the
coordinates. Contacts are:
- Wildlife Health Program Supervisor
Michelle Carstensen at 612-390-9979;
- Wildlife Health Specialist Erik Hildebrand
at 612-597-8141; or
- Contact your local area wildlife manager
by finding their information at www.mndnr.gov/wildlife and
clicking on the area contact map.
Additional information about avian influenza is
on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/avianinfluenza.
Aquatic Invasive Species Law
April 13, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A House budget
bill would change Minnesota's law aimed at requiring watercraft owners
to get training on how to spot and prevent aquatic invasive species.
The House environment finance bill slated for committee action
Tuesday would repeal the requirement that boaters affix a special
trailer decal they would get after completing a training course on
The Department of Natural Resources had previously postponed the
decal program amid anticipation of legislative action. It was due to
go live in July.
Instead, the House bill would rely on an affirmation process for
license holders to profess awareness of invasive-species prevention.
Minnesota has tried to keep zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil
and other damaging species from spreading into lakes and harming
A competing Senate bill hasn't been released.
A Hunter's Story
April 13, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An 84-year-old hunter who asked Minnesota
lawmakers for help bagging another deer may get his wish.
A provision tucked in House Republicans' budget bill for
environmental and natural resource agencies would allow hunters 84 and
older to kill a doe without a permit. Its place in the bill released
Monday gives it a good chance at becoming law.
The change was designed for George Krog of Two Harbors. Krog says
he can't stay out hunting as long anymore and he rarely sees bucks. He
wrote a letter in December to Senate Majority Leader Bakk and other
lawmakers asking for help.
The change could impact as many as 2,200 older hunters.
Lake Bemidji State Park opens group camp -
April 9, 2015
ST. PAUL (AP) - Up to 50 people can soon stay at the new Lavinia
Group Camp at Lake Bemidji State Park. With five 50-amp electric
hookups for RVs and a large tenting area, the facility is the first of
its kind in Minnesota state parks, according to the Department of
The location is private and has its own water supply. There are two
vault toilets on site, with showers and flush toilets a short walk
away at the park campground building. A screened picnic shelter offers
four picnic tables, counter space and electric outlets. Two pedestal
grills and a custom-made “council” fire ring are just outside. The
site includes parking for vehicles, trailers and boats. One of the RV
sites is ADA-accessible.
This project was made possible with funding from the Parks and
Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and
Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives
14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may
only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide
“The Lavinia Group Camp is a premier example of a Legacy-funded
development project that will better meet the needs of today’s park
visitors,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and
trails. “It gives people another great reason to visit Lake Bemidji
State Park, which is already a popular vacation destination with a
swimming beach, a bog walk, great fishing and year-round naturalist
The new group camp is located off of the
Pine Lane loop of the main campground and just west of the old Lavinia
Road. A drawing of the site can be found on the park’s website.
“The Lavinia Group Camp is perfect for family reunions and other
outdoor get-togethers,” said Pete Harrison, Lake Bemidji State Park
manager. “Many campers have told us this is exactly what they
are looking for. Currently, larger groups must rent multiple campsites
for friends and family, which tends to scatter them throughout the
The Lavinia Group Camp will be available for $200/night and will
rent as a complete unit only, meaning it will not be possible to rent
a single RV site or building at a lesser rate.
Reservations can be made starting at 8 a.m. Friday, April 10, for
groups arriving May 21 or later. Reservations can be made online at
www.mndnr.gov/reservations or by calling 866-857-2757.
Customers who already have a reservation elsewhere at Lake Bemidji
State Park may upgrade to the Lavinia Group Camp for a fee ($5 if
modified online and $7 if done by phone, plus the difference in
nightly site fees).
The Lavinia Group Camp may be available on a first-come,
first-served basis before May 21, depending on conditions. For more
information, call Lake Bemidji State Park at 218-308-2300, or visit
the park website at www.mndnr.gov/lakebemidji.
DNR firefighters need help from drone operators
April 9, 2015
(AP) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources requests that
operators of unmanned aircraft (drones) stay at least 5 miles away
from wildfires to create a safe environment for firefighting aircraft
The DNR uses helicopters and airplanes to detect
wildfires and to deliver water, retardant, firefighters and cargo.
These aircraft face a demanding environment with hazards such as power
lines, trees, towers, smoke and wind.
“Conditions for our
pilots are tough enough,” said Bill Schuster, DNR wildfire aviation
supervisor. “We don’t want to worry about when and where a drone could
pop up into their flight path.”
Aircraft and crew are
strategically located around Minnesota to quickly respond to
wildfires. One or more aircraft may be dispatched to any wildfire in
the state within minutes of its start, depending on what is threatened
by the fire.
Over 99 percent of wildfires that occur in
Minnesota are small, quick-moving and wind-driven, and these do most
of their damage within the first few hours after igniting. With the
increasing overlap between wild lands and urban areas in Minnesota,
firefighters need to be aggressive and safe when putting out
“While crews were fighting a wildfire near Ostego
last week, a drone was flying nearby at the same time firefighting
aircraft were conducting operations,” said Shuster. “Voluntary
cooperation to not operate drones within 5 miles of wildfires would
allow firefighters to do their job safely, efficiently and
www.mndnr.gov/forestry/fire/wildfire_update.html for wildfire updates
The Federal Aviation Administration has
partnered with several industry associations to promote “Know Before
You Fly,” a campaign to educate the public about using unmanned
aircraft safely and responsibly. Visit www.knowbeforeyoufly.org to
learn more about this program.
Want to go fishing? DNR has a license to fit
April 9, 2015
ST. PAUL (AP) - A lone angler casts a lure
into a glassy lake on a warm spring day, surrounded by the sounds of
nature. What’s missing? A friend or family member could be sharing the
“If you know someone who might be interested, ask them to go
fishing. Many people won’t fish unless someone asks them to go,” said
Jenifer Wical, of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
outreach section. “Before heading out, make sure to buy your fishing
Buy licenses at any DNR license agent, online with a mobile or
desktop device at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense, or by phone at
888-665-4236. Mobile buyers receive a text or email that serves as
proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers.
An adult individual angling license is $22.
“There are types of fishing licenses to fit most anyone’s needs.
There are licenses for married couples, for individual adults, and for
24-hour, 72-hour, and three-year time periods,” Wical said. “Lifetime
licenses can make it easier for people to keep fishing long into the
future, and licenses also come at reduced cost for children and those
ages 51 and older.”
Youth ages 16 and 17 can buy an annual license for $5. Kids 15 and
under are not required to buy a license to fish, but must comply with
For those who hunt and fish, a Sports license includes angling and
small game, and a Super Sports license includes a trout/salmon stamp,
small game with pheasant and waterfowl, and a deer tag (archery,
firearms or muzzleloader).
To read more about fishing licenses and regulations, see the 2015
Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet or www.mndnr.gov/fishmn.
DNR imposes walleye restrictions on Mille Lacs
April 8, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fisheries managers have imposed the tightest
restrictions yet for the upcoming season on Mille Lacs Lake,
allowing anglers to keep only one walleye instead of two.
The Department of Natural Resources also says an extended night
walleye ban will take effect the Monday after the opener on
Saturday, May 9. The ban will extend to Dec. 1.
The new regulations will let Mille Lacs sport anglers to keep one
walleye 19 to 21 inches long, or one over 28 inches. Last year,
Mille Lacs anglers could keep two walleye 18- to 20-inches long or
one longer than 28 inches.
The DNR says the restrictive regulations are necessary to keep the
walleye harvest within the established safe harvest level. The
target has been reduced from 60,000 to 40,000 pounds for 2015.
Comments being taken on deer population goals
April 8, 2015
SAINT PAUL - Comments on proposed deer population goals recommended by
citizen advisory teams in 40 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas are being
accepted through Wednesday, April 15, on the Department of Natural Resources
Specific population goal recommendations are posted online, along with the
factors advisory team members cited when making recommendations. People should
review this supporting information online before submitting comments.
Revisiting deer population goals began in 2012, when similar area teams helped
set new goals for some permit areas in the Windom, Floodwood and Tower areas.
Last year, new goals were set for southeastern Minnesota. The DNR plans to have
new goals in place for all Minnesota deer permit areas before the 2016 firearms
More information on the process is available on the DNR’s deer management
DNR officials promote Dayton's budget proposal
April 7, 2015
SAINT PAUL (AP) – Officials with the Department of Natural Resources are
touting Governor Mark Dayton’s proposal to boost funding for fish, wildlife,
outdoors and enforcement programs, including more conservation officers.
DNR officials said Thursday that their goals include improving fish population
surveys, creating more forest wildlife habitat, helping landowners improve
grassland and prairie habitat, improving the monitoring and management of
wildlife populations, and creating more opportunities to help kids and families
The DNR’s enforcement chief, Colonel Ken Soring, says the budget includes money
to fill 11 out of 22 vacant conservation officer positions statewide.
Fish and Wildlife chief Ed Boggess says the money for proposed spending
increases would come mostly from the state’s game and fish fund plus
reimbursements from federal excise taxes on outdoor gear and marine fuels.
Minnesota fishing facts
April 3, 2015
SAINT PAUL - The Department of Natural Resources compiled these
Minnesota fishing facts in preparation for the fishing opener,
which is Saturday, May 9.
Anglers and waters
- There are about 1.5 million licensed anglers in Minnesota.
- About 500,000 people are expected to fish on opening day of the
walleye and northern pike season.
- Minnesota has
11,842 lakes, 5,400 of which are managed by DNR Fisheries. There are
18,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams, including 3,800 miles
of trout streams.
- Average annual
expenditure per angler is about $1,500.
- Although not every kind of fish lives everywhere, 162
species of fish can be found in Minnesota waters.
Participation and the economy
- Fishing contributes $2.4
billion to the state’s economy in direct retail sales, ranking
Minnesota fourth in the nation for angler expenditures.
- Fishing supports 35,400
- Minnesota ranks second
in resident fishing participation at 32 percent, second only to
- Minnesota is the third
most-popular inland fishing destination in the country.
- Minnesota ranks sixth
among states with the highest number of anglers. The top three
states are Florida, Texas and Michigan.
Who goes fishing
- Most resident anglers –
855,000 of them in fact – are from urban areas. The remaining
474,000 resident anglers live in greater Minnesota.
- Men account for 66
percent of resident anglers. Women account for 34 percent.
- Significantly more time
is spent fishing on lakes than in rivers and streams.
- The average Minnesota
angler spends 15 days fishing each year, with 84 percent of
resident anglers never fishing anywhere else but in Minnesota.
- The most
sought-after fish species, in order of preference, are crappie, panfish,
walleye and northern pike.
parks see to bump fees
March 25, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources is asking
the Minnesota Legislature to raise entrance fees at state parks so
it can maintain services at existing levels.
Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposes to bump the current $5 daily
vehicle fee by $1 to $6, and the current 12-month $25 vehicle fee by
$5 to $30.
DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr says the money will allow the state
parks and trails system to ensure the quality of services that
Parks and Trails chief Erika Rivers calls it a "very modest"
increase that will raise about $2.3 million over two years. She says
surveys show strong visitor support. And she says the reception from
lawmakers has been positive, with little to no opposition.
Minnesota state parks expect about eight million visitors this year.
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