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DNR mini grants to help get children outside early and often

Published on October 25, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is excited to announce the availability of mini grants through the extremely popular No Child Left Inside Grant Program. These grants help more children cast a line, study animal tracks, hike or bike, or simply learn more about nature.


DNR seeks applications for advisory committee on natural heritage

Published on October 22, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is recruiting six new members to serve on a key advisory board. The Natural Heritage Advisory Committee (NHAC) advises the DNR on issues relating to sustaining the state’s natural heritage, biological diversity and ecosystem services.


DNR and partner agencies to continue innovative search for invasive carp

Published on October 22, 2021

Beginning Monday, Oct. 25, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will lead a second intensive invasive carp removal effort in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wis. Thirty-four silver carp were captured in Pool 8 during the first interagency carp removal operation in April.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Upper South Long Lake in Crow Wing County

Published on October 22, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Upper South Long Lake, near Brainerd in Crow Wing County. Five hundred feet of the Nokasippi River immediately upstream and downstream of South Long Lake will also be listed for zebra mussels.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Mahnomen Lake and East Mahnomen Lake in Crow Wing County

Published on October 22, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Mahnomen Lake and East Mahnomen Lake in Crow Wing County.


Field reports: What Minnesota deer hunters can expect this season

Published on October 18, 2021

Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season that opens Saturday, Nov. 6, and offers opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends and family, find adventure outdoors and put venison in the freezer.


Kingsbury Bay/Grassy Point project in St. Louis River Estuary completed

Published on October 18, 2021

One of Minnesota DNR’s largest habitat restoration projects is complete. The three-year, $18 million construction project in the St. Louis River estuary near Duluth has restored 230 acres of coastal wetland habitat at Kingsbury Bay and Grassy Point.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on October 18, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


In midst of deadliest boating season in 16 years, DNR asks late-season boaters to play it safe

Published on October 15, 2021

Minnesota’s waterways were unusually deadly this year, with 17 people losing their lives in boating-related drownings and crashes—the highest number since 2005. And with weeks of open water left this year, there’s a chance that total could climb higher.


DNR accepting applications for coastal area grants

Published on October 15, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications now through Nov. 16 for projects through its Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. Approximately $500,000 will be available for projects to begin fall 2022. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management provides the funding for these grants.


Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine to host 2022 Minnesota Fish Art Contest

Published on October 15, 2021

The Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, in partnership with Wildlife Forever, will host the 2022 Minnesota Fish Art Contest. Open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, this free art competition aims to introduce Minnesota youth to the wonders of fish, the joy of fishing, and the importance of aquatic conservation.


Minnesota DNR announces $13.3 million funding proposal to address 2021 drought impacts on natural resources

Published on October 13, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today announced $13.3 million in funding proposals in response to the significant effects of this summer’s drought on two of the state’s critical natural resources: water and trees.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on October 11, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


Deer deaths in Houston and Winona counties caused by midge-borne virus

Published on October 11, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed two cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in wild white-tailed deer in Minnesota. EHD is a viral disease of deer and some livestock that is spread by a biting insect called a midge.


DNR temporarily bans farmed deer movement into and within Minnesota to protect state’s wild white-tailed deer

Published on October 11, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued an emergency rule that temporarily prohibits the importation and movement of farmed white-tailed deer into and within Minnesota.


Small fire burning in Itasca State Park

Published on October 6, 2021

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a fire burning in timber, lowland grasses and brush in a remote location in Itasca State Park, at the end of Bohall Trail and on the north side of Bohall Lake.


Zebra mussel confirmed in Woman Lake in Cass County

Published on October 5, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of a zebra mussel in Woman Lake, near Longville in Cass County. Girl Lake will also be added to the infested waters list, because it is downstream of and closely connected to Woman Lake.


Starry Stonewort confirmed in Beltrami County section of Mississippi River

Published on October 5, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in a section of the Mississippi River in Beltrami County, between Wolf Lake and Andrusia Lake.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on October 5, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Owasso in Ramsey County

Published on October 5, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Lake Owasso, in the communities of Roseville and Shoreview in Ramsey County.


DNR accepting comments on environmental documents for proposed Nelson Slough Improvement Project

Published on October 5, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments through Nov. 4 on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for proposed habitat improvements and flood risk reduction to the Nelson Slough.


DNR to Review Siting Rule for Nonferrous Mines

Published on October 4, 2021

Today, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) filed a Procedural Order in Ramsey County District Court outlining the process the department will use to review Minnesota’s siting rule for nonferrous mines.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on September 27, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on September 20, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


Archery deer hunt set for East Minnesota River Refuge

Published on September 9, 2021

The special hunt designation has been removed from the East Minnesota River Refuge. Regular archery hunting regulations apply in the refuge. Pre-registration no longer required.