Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Deer Feeding and Attractant Bans

(Minnesota) —  June 26, 2023 — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has removed deer feeding or feeding and attractant bans in 24 counties to focus restrictions on areas where risk of chronic wasting disease spread is of greatest concern. “The DNR uses feeding and attractant bans as a tool to reduce unnatural crowding of deer and reduce the risk of exposure to CWD,” said Todd Froberg, big game program

Fort Snelling State Park reopen

(Twin Cities, MN) — May 26th, 2023 — After closure due to flooding, Fort Snelling State Park will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 27. The visitor center, park office, parking lots, swimming beach, picnic area near the beach and Snelling Lake trail will be available to the public. Some other areas will remain closed. Fort Snelling State Park will host three events with the park’s interpretive naturalists this

Minnesota DNR EagleCam 2023

(Minnesota) — UPDATE 4/2/23 — There is sad news to report: this morning the nest on the DNR’s Nongame Wildlife EagleCam fell out of the tree. DNR staff are onsite and confirm that the chick did not survive the fall. (Minnesota) — March 27th, 2023 —  The DNR Eagle Cam has returned for 2023.   You can watch the ongoing growth and progress of an eagle in the nest. The latest

Minnesota Natural Heritage Data

(Minnesota) — August 20th, 2022 — A new online tool created by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources allows users to explore Natural Heritage Information System data for both conservation planning and identifying rare resources. The Natural Heritage Review process consists of identification of rare biological resources to determine and avoid potential impacts to those importance resources. The Minnesota Conservation Explorer also lets registered users submit information about proposed projects and request

Minnesota's Loon

(Minnestota) — June 27th, 2022 — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to help monitor the loon population in Aitkin and Crow Wing counties. Volunteers are needed, for a minimum of one morning during the July 2 through July 12 monitoring period, to count the number of adult and juvenile loons on pre-selected lakes. For more than 20 years, with the assistance of hundreds of volunteer observers,

emerald ash borer

(Minnesota) — June 6th, 2022 — In 2021, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources awarded a combined $2.6 million in grants to 43 communities across Minnesota to combat damage caused by emerald ash borer. The grants provide funding for tree inventories, management plans, ash removal, and tree planting. “These funds will help communities manage for EAB,” said Valerie McClannahan, urban and community forestry program coordinator. “From taking the first steps

Miller’s Bay Aquatic Management Area

(Walker, MN) — June 6, 2022 — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Northern Waters Land Trust, Leech Lake Association, and the Hugh C. Becker Foundation recently partnered to purchase 5.25 acres with 1,300 feet of undeveloped shoreline as an addition to the existing Miller’s Bay Aquatic Management Area in Miller Bay on Leech Lake. The acquisition consists of two separate but concurrent purchases by the DNR and NWLT of

Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network

(Minnesota) — April 28th, 2022 —  An update on the Rain Hail and Snow Network story of March 1st on Good News Minnesota. Minnesota added more rainfall monitoring volunteers during the annual March recruitment than any other state and set a new national recruiting record for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). The recruiting effort led by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota office