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Case Study: Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife

Wildlife staff conduct a prescribed burn on a WMA to enhance habitat for grassland nesting birds.
Wildlife staff conduct a prescribed burn on a WMA to enhance habitat for grassland nesting birds.

With dwindling funds, the amount and type of work that the Detroit Lakes Area wildlife staff can annually accomplish will diminish in capacity, be delayed or not be completed. It is likely the area would lose one or both of its seasonal laborers.

"Without these two critical positions, significant wildlife and property management activities may not occur or could be delayed indefinitely," said Blane Klemek, Detroit Lakes area wildlife supervisor.

Such activities include mowing and maintaining a system of hunter walking trails, accesses and parking lots on WMAs; maintaining signs and posts that surround each of the area's 45 WMAs; repairing equipment; constructing, installing, maintaining and monitoring wildlife nest structures; and conducting wildlife habitat projects such as prescribed burning, wildlife food plot establishment, wild rice management and noxious weed control.

With stable or increased funding, the area could concentrate personnel and resources toward projects that need to be accomplished but have fallen by the wayside. Two such projects are repairing and replacing signs and posts on WMA boundaries and controlling invasive, harmful plant species that continue to plague Minnesota's public and private lands.


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The bottom line?

With stable or increased funding, the area could concentrate personnel and resources toward projects that need to be accomplished but have fallen by the wayside.


What We Do: Highlights

Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife

14583 County Highway 9
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
218-846-8374
Detroit Lakes wildlife work area map
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The Minnesota DNR's Detroit Lakes Wildlife Area includes a 1.4 million acre base of public and private lands and waters in Becker, Mahnomen and Norman counties of west-central Minnesota. These areas provide excellent hunting and trapping opportunities for deer, black bear, turkey, waterfowl, ruffed grouse, prairie chicken, woodcock, doves, furbearers and more.