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DU APPLAUDS DNR DRAFT SHALLOW LAKE PLAN


Wed, Nov 3rd, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors



LAKEVILLE, Minn., Nov. 2, 2010 - Some of the most critical waterfowl habitat remaining in Minnesota will soon benefit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' shallow lakes program plan, "Managing Minnesota's Shallow Lakes for Waterfowl and Wildlife."

MN DNR's Division of Fish and Wildlife developed the plan to establish goals for management and protection of shallow lakes to meet the objectives in DNR's Long Range Duck Recovery Plan (Duck Plan) and the division's strategic plan. The shallow lakes plan ─ which was recently released for public comment ─ will provide focus to shallow lake management undertaken by the DNR.

"Shallow lakes are the cornerstone of Minnesota's remaining waterfowl habitat," said Ryan Heiniger, DU director of conservation programs for Minnesota and Iowa, "and actively managing them to optimize their habitat quality and productivity for wildlife is key to meeting the goals of both DNR's duck recovery plan and DU's Living Lakes conservation initiative. The development and pending launch of the department's shallow lakes plan is a crucial step in focusing our collective efforts on the enhancement, restoration, protection and management of this important wetland resource," Heiniger said.

The state's duck plan and draft shallow lakes plan call for the management and protection of 1,800 shallow lakes throughout Minnesota during the next 45 years. The draft shallow lakes program plan calls for aggressively working to meet this goal by assessing 200 lakes per year and all 1,992 shallow lakes on or adjacent to public land.

In 2004, DU's Living Lakes initiative established an initial 10-year goal of enhancing, restoring and protecting 400 shallow lakes in Minnesota and Iowa. Shallow lake enhancement, restoration and protection are also key components of the Minnesota Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan developed for the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources as well as the habitat priorities identified by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council in 2010. Shallow lakes also provide important habitat for more than 20 "Species of Greatest Conservation Need."

DU works with MN DNR to assess, enhance, restore, manage and protect shallow lakes throughout the state. In the northern forest, DU and DNR cooperatively work to keep the outlets of about 100 wild rice lakes free flowing and free of beaver dams and other obstructions.

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Boater David Seaton of Buchanan, Tenn., won Jett Loach of Ringgold, Ga., won the co-angler the BFL Chevy Wild Card tournament

Mon, Nov 1st, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

division with nine bass that weighed 23-2 to take

held Oct. 29-30 on Pickwick Lake to earn $4,779. home $2,367.

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HOSTETLER WINS BASS FISHING LEAGUE KENTUCKY LAKE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Boater Bradley Hostetler of Muncie, Ind., caught 11 bass weighing 35 pounds, 8 ounces to win the three-day BFL Kentucky Lake Regional Championship which was held Oct. 21-23. Hostetler won a Chevy truck and Ranger boat along with a trip to the 2011 BF ..... 
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RICE LAKE ENHANCEMENT UNDERWAY

Wed, Sep 29th, 2010
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WINNEBAGO, Minn., Sept. 28, 2010 - Water level management is the goal as one of Minnesota's first designated wildlife lakes and a major waterfowl migration stopover gets a facelift. The project is funded by an Outdoor Heritage Fund g ..... 
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MERRILL LEADS FLW WALLEYE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP ON LEECH LAKE

Thu, Sep 23rd, 2010
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WALKER, Minn. (Sept. 22, 2010) - Pro Kevin Merrill of Pierre, S.D., and co-angler Matt Hiller of Grand Rapids, Mich., brought in five walleyes weighing 16 pounds, 5 ounces Wednesday to lead day one of the FLW Walleye Tour Championshi ..... 
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Prairie walk at Houston Nature Center

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Come for an easy one hour walk along the award-winning Houston levee prairie in Trailhead Park at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, at the Houston Nature Center. Find out why cord grass can give you welts and which plant holds water for the birds ..... 
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The DNR Trail Reconstruction has started TODAY! One week early. NOTICE!

Mon, Jun 7th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Portions of the Root River State Trail will be closed for resurfacing.

June 7 - July 5 between Fountain and Isinours.

July 5 - July 30 between Isinours and Lanesboro.

Construction begins near Interstate State Park

Tue, May 11th, 2010
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Interstate State Park will get new sidewalks, new seating areas, and improved accessibility as part of a long awaited face-lift this summer, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails. The northern e ..... 
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Twin Cities Urban Birding Festival bigger and better than ever

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The fifth annual Urban Birding Festival will be held May 13-16 at various locations throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul. It's a free celebration of springtime birds, especially those which inhabit urban areas.

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