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Minnesota to launch new Outdoor Recreation Task Force

Published on December 12, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Explore Minnesota are partnering to launch a new Outdoor Recreation Task Force. The group will make recommendations about how Minnesota can connect more people to the health and wellness benefits of outdoor recreation, improve equitable access to outdoor recreation, and better support the state’s thriving outdoor recreation economy.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on December 9, 2019

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management that can be used in full, as separate short stories, or to jump-start a longer article.


Redwood County Groundwater Atlas now available

Published on December 9, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has published the Redwood County Groundwater Atlas. This atlas covers groundwater conditions and sensitivity to pollution, and expands on the geologic atlas previously published by the Minnesota Geological Survey.


DNR to host employment event for military veterans

Published on December 9, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting its third annual Veteran Employment Information Event on Thursday, Jan. 9 in St. Paul.


Minnesota DNR, Red Lake Nation renew Upper and Lower Red Lake fishery management agreement

Published on December 4, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Red Lake Nation and Bureau of Indian Affairs signed a new 10-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) today that outlines continued cooperative management of the walleye population in Upper and Lower Red Lake in northwest Minnesota. The signing took place during a ceremony in Red Lake.


Pheasant hunting a great excuse to get outdoors in December

Published on December 2, 2019

Late season conditions are shaping up favorably for pheasant hunters this December.


Governor’s Christmas tree harvested today in state forest

Published on December 2, 2019

Foresters from Department of Natural Resources cut down the official state of Minnesota Christmas tree today in General C.C. Andrews State Forest in Pine County. The balsam fir, which will decorate the Governor’s Residence, is about 40 years old and 25 feet tall.


Crow Wing State Park to close during special hunt on Dec. 7-11

Published on November 27, 2019

Special deer hunt taking place at Crow Wing State Park


Kids and thin ice – a dangerous holiday combo

Published on November 27, 2019

As excited as they are about the holiday season, many kids are equally curious when it comes to the ice. Talking with children about ice safety now will help them stay safe during this festive time.


DNR seeks comments on environmental assessment worksheet for Interstate Island Avian Habitat Restoration Project

Published on November 25, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments through Dec. 26 on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for the Interstate Island Avian Habitat Restoration Project.


Statewide snowmobile season almost here, but trails not ready for riding yet

Published on November 25, 2019

While early cold temperatures and snow in parts of the Minnesota have many snowmobile enthusiasts excited to take their first ride of the season, most of the state’s trails are not ready for riding, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1 each year. Regardless of the date on the calendar, several conditions must be met before trails are groomed and ready for travel:


Second phase of DNR grants will help kids engage with the outdoors

Published on November 25, 2019

Public entities and nonprofit organizations can apply to receive funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the second phase of a grant program that supports getting more children outdoors.


DNR announces 2 December deer hunts as part of CWD management efforts

Published on November 25, 2019

Hunters can participate in two special deer hunts to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota.


DNR to update Minnesota’s wolf management plan

Published on November 25, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is updating the state’s wolf management plan and is looking to the public for input.


Free admission to 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on day after Thanksgiving

Published on November 22, 2019

Entry fees waived on Free Park Friday to encourage all Minnesotans to get outdoors


DNR Statement on Decision Regarding Twin Metals Environmental Review Process

Published on November 22, 2019

The Minnesota DNR has informed federal agencies and Twin Metals Minnesota that, if and when the company submits a complete project proposal, the DNR will prepare an independent, state-only Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.


DNR appoints new Itasca State Park supervisor

Published on November 21, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently appointed Aaron Wunrow as the Itasca State Park supervisor.


DNR advises people to stay off the ice

Published on November 18, 2019

Unseasonably cold weather means ice making has begun on many lakes across the state, but Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers advise people to stay off of the still-forming ice.


Eastern equine encephalitis virus found in ruffed grouse

Published on November 18, 2019

Three Itasca County ruffed grouse that appeared sick have tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus called eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), marking the first time the virus has been confirmed to cause illness in a Minnesota wild animal.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Pimushe Lake in Beltrami County

Published on November 14, 2019

Careful monitoring by a county invasive species specialist led to the confirmation of zebra mussels in Pimushe Lake in Beltrami County.


Swans in icy water aren’t always in trouble

Published on November 14, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources asks Minnesotans to carefully consider the situation before reporting trumpeter swans or other waterfowl that appear to be trapped in ice or rapidly freezing water. While they may initially appear to be distressed, they most often are not.


Special muzzleloader deer hunt permits available for Savanna Portage State Park

Published on November 13, 2019

Savanna Portage State Park will hold a muzzleloader deer hunt from Nov. 30 until Dec. 8, 2019.


Special muzzleloader deer hunt permits available for McCarthy Beach State Park

Published on November 13, 2019

A few permits are still available for hunters who did not apply for the special hunt in advance but are still interested in participating in the special muzzleloader deer hunt.


Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee seeks applicants

Published on November 12, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources, the Metropolitan Council and the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission are seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee.


DNR, Red Lake Band specialists provide update on zebra mussel larvae in Red Lake in Beltrami County

Published on November 8, 2019

Since confirming zebra mussel larvae in Red Lake in Beltrami County earlier this year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Red Lake Band Department of Natural Resources have conducted additional plankton surveys in Upper and Lower Red Lake.