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Open houses on southeastern Minnesota trout streams scheduled


Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold six open houses in March and April to update the public on accomplishments and goals for management of trout streams in southeastern Minnesota.

Fed by the cold water of natural springs, the valleys of southeastern Minnesota are an angler's paradise, with more than 700 miles of trout streams. Ecologically sensitive, and popular with anglers from around the Upper Midwest, these streams require special attention to assure that they remain healthy and productive.

In 2003, the DNR worked with anglers and other interests to develop a 12-year strategic plan and a six-year management plan to maintain the recreational and biological values of these coldwater resources. Now, at the midpoint of that 12-year period, the DNR is reporting on its progress and fine-tuning plans for the next six years.

The DNR's 2004-2009 management plan for southeast trout streams included four major goals related to angling opportunities, habitat improvement, research and monitoring, and public information. Accomplishments for this period include:

• added 20.26 miles of angling easements on 20 streams.

• reintroduced native brook trout in 17 streams.

• implemented tiered trout fishing regulations to increase angling opportunities.

• assessed fish populations in 68 streams.

• published 68-page booklet highlighting angling opportunities.

• intensified long-term monitoring program to better evaluate factors influencing annual variability of trout populations.

While retaining the four major goals of the earlier plan, DNR fisheries staff has identified a number of opportunities for further improvements in their management of southeast Minnesota's unique coldwater resources for the next few years, including:

• increase angling opportunities.

• accelerate acquisition of angling easements.

• explore simplification of angling regulations.

• secure new funding for habitat improvement.

• enhance research and monitoring efforts.

• augment information on DNR Web site.

Public information meetings on recent accomplishments and proposed plans will be held from 7 -9 p.m., with formal presentations at 7:45 p.m., on:

• Tuesday, March 16, at the DNR Central Office cafeteria, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul;

• Tuesday, March 23, .....
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DU URGES LEGISLATURE TO REINVEST IN MINNESOTA

Thu, Feb 4th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

ST PAUL, February 4, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited says full-funding for the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve program would be a good investment bringing positive economic benefits and leveraging millions in federal dollars. DU urges the state legislatur ..... 
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