Roosevelt, MN 56673
Hunters, trappers and wildlife watchers in the Beltrami, Lake of the Woods and Roseau county area benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Red lake Wildlife Management Area staff.
Manager Gretchen Mehmel and three year-round staff oversee an area that includes 324,000 acres of state Wildlife Management Area and an additional about 450,000 acres of public and private lands.
The Red Lake work area contains seven WMAs, headwaters of five different river systems and a pristine area of peatlands. The area also is known for excellent hunting and trapping opportunities for a wide array of species, including ruffed grouse, bear and deer.
- Master plan
A master plan provides strategic guidance and direction for management of the Red Lake WMA. During the 38 years since the plan was developed, many changes to wildlife populations, habitat conditions and recreational interests have occurred and need to be incorporated into an updated master plan.
Opportunities to participate
- Public scoping questionnaire: This online questionnaire is designed to help generate ideas and identify potential planning issues and areas of concern specific to the Red Lake WMA before updating work on the master plan begin. The questionnaire will be open through Wednesday, Dec. 19.
- Review the draft master plan: A draft master plan will be available for review in the spring. It will be posted here for review when available.
- Open house: Red Lake WMA staff will conduct an open houseon the master plan update during the spring.
If you have questions about the master plan update process, please contact:
WMA planning consultant
Fish and wildlife division
218-739-7576 Ext 232
Main unit: Minnesota's largest WMA is located within the Beltrami Island State Forest. Ancient Glacial Lake Agassiz beach ridges of upland forest are surrounded by extensive wetlands of open bog, brushlands and lowland forest.
Norris Camp, intitially built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 as the Clear River Camp, houses WMA headquarters today. It is one of few Depression-era CCC camps that remain in operational condition. Fourteen original remaining buildings at the camp are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Supplemental unit: This sub-unit of the Red Lake WMA is managed by the Baudette Area Wildlife staff. A watershed protection area surrounding the Red Lake Scientifc and Natural Area overlaps the southern portion of the WMA. Access may be difficult in some areas because the ground often is wet in many parts of this unit.
- Our work
- Managing 58,000 acres of federal Land Utilization Project land and coordinating the state's lease for these lands with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Shearing, burning, or mowing more than 500 acres of lowland brush.
- Annually coordinating approximately 3,000-4,000 acres of timber sales and 200-300 acres of forest development (planting) projects to enhance forest wildlife habitat.
- Participating in wildlife and wildlife habitat survey and research projects including ruffed and spruce grouse; sharp-tailed grouse; woodpeckers; bird and habitat regeneration after the Palsburg Wildfire; insects (moths and dragonflies); peatland hydrology; lowland conifer regeneration; soil temperature and moisture monitoring; and red pine thinning techniques.
- Developing and maintaining user facilities (parking lots, gates, trails, etc.), including 38 hunter walking trails that total 74 miles; three WMA access trails; and more than 65 miles of posted WMA boundaries out of 471 miles of total WMA boundaries.
- Providing substantial public outreach including two newsletters per year; hosting annual field trips to Norris Camp for the Warroad, Baudette and Red Lake schools; and giving 7-10 presentations a year to local schools and organizations.
Red Lake WMA staff
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Gretchen Mehmel Area manager 218-783-6861 [email protected]@state.mn.us