News release: Fish and Wildlife Almanac, Feb. 5

February 5, 2024

DNR finalizes plan for Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has finalized an updated management plan for the Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area. The plan will guide management of the popular hunting, trapping and wildlife-watching destination in central Minnesota.

The new plan, finalized after a public input process, reflects up-to-date science as well as public values and perspectives on how the land should be managed into the future. The final plan is available on the Mille Lacs WMA page of the DNR website.

Minnesota DNR webinars focus on deer in winter, dates in nature

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites people interested in wildlife and outdoor skills to check out the winter program schedule for the Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series.

In a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 7, DNR big game specialists will discuss the winter severity index and the effects of recent winters on deer. They will also cover how deer survive winter, what people can do to improve deer habitat and the negative effects of feeding deer in winter.

In a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 14, environmental psychologists Dr. Christie Manning and Dr. Elise Amel will share how time spent in nature improves our mental health and provides many other benefits. The webinar will also highlight several opportunities and programs available to people to “make a date” with nature and significant others or family members this winter.

The Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series webinars are free and offered year-round, though registration is required. Visit the Outdoor Skills and Stewardship webpage of the Minnesota DNR website for the registration portal, more information about upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars.

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