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DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on May 5, 2020

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


DNR proposal aims to safeguard big bluegills

Published on May 5, 2020

Anglers can weigh in on whether to keep fewer bluegills from some Minnesota lakes as a way to protect and improve the sizes of one of the state’s most prized and frequently caught fish.


Anglers can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species

Published on May 5, 2020

This weekend’s fishing opener comes with a reminder to always follow Minnesota’s laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.


DNR seeks comments on Willow River Dam restoration project

Published on May 4, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments through June 3 on an environmental assessment worksheet for the Willow River Dam restoration project in Pine County.


Red Flag Warning issued

Published on May 2, 2020

Extreme fire conditions today across much of Minnesota have resulted in the National Weather Service issuing a Red Flag Warning for many counties.


Fire danger increasing with drier conditions

Published on May 1, 2020

Dry conditions the last two weeks of April have contributed to several wildfires in northwestern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources warns of an outlook for similar conditions into May, increasing the potential for higher wildfire activity in the region.


How to find great fishing wherever you are in Minnesota

Published on April 28, 2020

Anglers can find fantastic fishing opportunities all across Minnesota. Wherever you are, chances are there is a lake, river or stream nearby with fish that can be caught.


Minnesota communities receive nearly $1 million in grants to fight emerald ash borer

Published on April 23, 2020

Minnesota communities across the state have received funding to combat emerald ash borer (EAB) and manage city-owned ash trees through two grants from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


DNR: Be safe, practice social distancing on the water

Published on April 21, 2020

As boaters across Minnesota prepare to hit the water, they need to keep in mind tips for being safe on cold water as well as their responsibility for staying close to home and practicing socially distancing under Gov. Tim Walz’s “Stay at Home” executive order.


Red Flag Warning issued

Published on April 20, 2020

Extreme fire conditions today have resulted in the National Weather Service issuing a Red Flag Warning.


2020 egg take operations suspended canceled due to COVID-19 social distancing protocols

Published on April 14, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will cancel its 2020 egg take operations for walleye, northern pike, muskellunge and steelhead because the work cannot be done safely under COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. 


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on April 13, 2020

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


Turkey hunting begins this week

Published on April 13, 2020

When turkey hunting season opens April 15, hunters who want to bag a tom turkey are encouraged to stay close to home.


DNR temporarily closes Grand Portage State Park amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Published on April 10, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has temporarily closed Grand Portage State Park along the Canadian Border on the North Shore of Lake Superior.


Flooding from spring thaw closes parts of Fort Snelling State Park

Published on April 9, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has closed significant areas of Fort Snelling State Park due to flooding. The park—one of Minnesota’s busiest, and a popular local destination for hikers, bikers, and birders—is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, which are both experiencing rising waters from the spring thaw.


Minnesota’s new Outdoor Recreation Task Force members chosen

Published on April 6, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Explore Minnesota have named members to the new Outdoor Recreation Task Force. The 20-person task force, which is set to meet via WebEx for the first time on April 28 to begin discussing the state of outdoor recreation in Minnesota, represents a broad swath of outdoor recreation interests in the state.


CWD management: USDA targeted culling complete in southeastern Minnesota

Published on April 6, 2020

The DNR has completed its work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services to perform targeted culling of deer in localized areas where chronic wasting disease has been detected in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota.


Bear hunt applications available; deadline is Friday, May 1

Published on April 6, 2020

Prospective bear hunters have until Friday, May 1, to apply for a bear hunting license. Applications for the 2020 season should be submitted online or via telephone at 888-665-4236.


Be aware of bears this spring: DNR lists tips for avoiding conflicts

Published on April 6, 2020

As bears emerge from hibernation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds homeowners to check their property for food sources that could attract bears.


DNR seeks comments on environmental assessment for Nolte Family Irrigation Project in Wadena County

Published on April 6, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments through May 6 on an environmental assessment worksheet for the Nolte Family Irrigation Project in Wadena County. The project is located within the Pineland Sands Area of central Minnesota.


Keep drones grounded this spring wildfire season

Published on April 2, 2020

Flying a drone can be a lot of fun—but it can be downright dangerous during a wildfire, according to the Department of Natural Resources.


Springtime temporary road and trail closures on state lands

Published on April 2, 2020

Spring thaw and saturated soils from heavy rainfall last fall are negatively impacting road and trail conditions on state lands, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This may affect Minnesotans who live near these areas and use these roads for essential travel or to get outdoors near their homes.


Safety is paramount around late ice and open water

Published on April 2, 2020

As the winter-to-spring transition unfolds, the way people experience the change in seasons will be a little different this year. But while we stay close to home for our outdoors time and practice social distancing, one thing remains the same. People must put their safety first, especially around lakes and rivers where the ice conditions vary around the state.


Rainfall monitoring network seeks volunteer members

Published on March 31, 2020

The State Climatology Office is looking for volunteer rainfall monitors for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). The network includes more than 20,000 volunteers nationwide who measure precipitation in their backyards using a standard 4-inch rain gauge.


Career pathway program seeking applicants for second cohort

Published on March 31, 2020

Applications are being accepted until May 15 for the second cohort of the Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers (IDEC) program, a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources, the Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa, the Pollution Control Agency and the Board of Water and Soil Resources.