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About 25 people came out for the April 19 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) open house to preview the latest version of the Fisheries Management Plan for the Minnesota Waters of Lake Superior.
The process began with a public conference in December 2014, and was followed by a series of seven advisory group meetings. Nearly 30 citizens worked with Minnesota DNR Fisheries Management to develop a plan spanning the years of 2016 to 2025.
The advisory group included representatives from interested groups such as the Arrowhead Fly Fishers, Izaak Walton League, Kamloops Advocates, Save Lake Superior Association, Trout Unlimited, Western Lake Superior Trollers and more. There were commercial harvesters, tribal and watershed interests, and others.
North Shore advisory group participants were Kerrie Berg of Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District; George Wilkes, representing Cook County tourism; Steve Ford, an independent angler; E.J. Isaac, representing the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; Captain Darren Peck, North Shore Charter Captain; and Harley Toftey for North Shore Fish Processors.
The 130-page plan gives a comprehensive history of fishing in Lake Superior and data on a variety of fish population as well as data on the effects of climate change, invasive species, fish habitat, water quality and long-range goals fisheries goals.
The plan will be finalized this summer It is available for review on the DNR website. The public can comment on the plan until May 8. Comments may be submitted at: www.mndnr.gov/lakesuperior.
This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.
The Northwoods Volunteer Connection is looking for people to help with portage repair and trail-clearing projects in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this summer, including one popular portage located in the Middle Gunflint Trail area. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with some representatives from the NVC about the upcoming projects and the group in general.
Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. The move to strip down IRRRB continued, concealed carry permit fees at the county as well as parks and carp…all this and more in the week’s news.
Pharmaceuticals and other human-produced chemicals are appearing in northeast Minnesota's water and fish - even in remote and pristine lakes. In this edition of The Lake Superior Project, Dr. Seth Moore, director of biology and environment with the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa, talks about a new study on these emerging toxins.
It’s becoming a tradition! For the third year the month of May is being celebrated as a time to Move It! During the month of May, nominations will be accepted for awards for a Cook County resident who inspires others to move more. Maybe it’s someone who shovels snow or rakes leaves for a neighbor or someone with a chronic disease who keeps up a walking regimen; a child who walks or bikes no matter the weather, or a Care Center resident who loves to dance! There are amazing people all around us who are movin’ it! Send a story about someone who inspires you and they could win a Move It! award.
Congratulations to our previous inspiring winners—Rusty Day, Yvonne Mills and Gene Glader in 2014 and Levi Rankin, Amanda Anderson and Ginny Cooley in 2015.
Submit your nominations for a chance to win one of six prizes. A panel from the Cook County News Herald, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, and Cook County Senior Center will pick winners from the entries. In early June, prizes will be awarded in three categories; children, adults, seniors. Each winner will receive a $40 gift certificate to a local business for the nominee and a $20 gift certificate for the nominator! Send nominations of 200 – 300 words to: Cook County News-Herald, PO Box 757, Grand Marais MN 55604 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for Nominations: Monday, May 23.
Questions? Contact Rhonda Silence at the News Herald at (218) 387-9100; Kristin Wharton at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic 387-2330, or Bev Green at the Senior Center 387-2660.
Funding for the Move It! Awards are provided in part by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Cook County News-Herald, and the Cook County Senior Center.