Invasive species classes April 2

Lake Service Providers are required by law to attend Aquatic 
Invasive Species (AIS) training and obtain the permit prior to working 
in waters of the state.  A training session is scheduled in Grand 
Marais on April 2 from 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.  at Gunflint 
Northwood’s Outfitters, 143 Gunflint Lake.  Lake Service Providers 
should act now and be sure to attend the training session and obtain 
a  permit before performing work this spring.
  State laws passed in 2011 aim to help prevent the spread of AIS 
between waters in the state.  They also require service providers to 
apply for a permit, pay the $50 application fee, attend training in 
person and pass a test. Upon completion of all mentioned tasks a 
permit will be issued to the service provider.
  Through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural 
Resources (DNR), Minnesota Waters is conducting statewide trainings 
for businesses that install and remove water recreation equipment. The 
training sessions provide the information needed to understand and 
pass the required test. In addition, service providers are taught how 
to integrate AIS prevention strategies into their business. Additional 
training sessions are scheduled for various locations across the state 
through April.  The schedule of training locations and dates are being 
updated periodically and service providers should check the Minnesota 
Waters’ website (www.minnesotawaters.org) for the list of scheduled 
training sessions and future additions.
  Information about the service provider training and permitting can 
be found on the DNR website (www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/index.html). The 
service provider permit, which will be valid for three years, must be 
in possession while providing any services. Persons who work for a 
permitted service provider must take an online training prior to 
working in waters of the state.  The online training for the employees 
is  available on the DNR website.