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MNTU and Minnesota’s largest fishing, hunting and outdoor groups urge State lawmakers to take action on DNR funding before it is too late

MNTU and a broad coalition of Minnesota’s largest fishing, hunting and outdoors groups is warning state lawmakers that inaction could harm fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation and jeopardize the state’s $5.5 Billion tourism industry. In a letter to top leaders of both parties in the Minnesota House and Senate, the coalition of more than 40 [...]

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Native lake trout waters in BWCAW protected by Federal agency decisions

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture today announced important steps to protect the watershed of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), which is home to Minnesota’s native inland lake trout stocks.  The agencies denied Twin Metals’ application for renewal of two hard rock mineral leases in the area and [...]

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Help prevent loss of protections for trout streams – comments due by Nov 7

  Forty-one trout streams are slated to lose their protective “designated trout stream” status under a proposal by the MNDNR.  Comments are due by Monday November 7, 2016.  This is your last chance to provide evidence that these streams recently did, currently do, or could sustain trout with some active management.  Protections will be removed [...]

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Comments needed on Lake Superior management plan by May 8

The deadline for commenting on the DNR’s proposed revision of the management plan for Lake Superior and its tributaries is rapidly approaching.  Comments are due by Sunday May 8.   Here is the link to the webpage, which has draft plan and instructions on how to comment on-line or by phone:  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakesuperior/index.html   Please note that you [...]

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Attack on groundwater and trout streams has begun again

Two legislators have renewed efforts to roll back basic protections for drinking water supplies and trout fisheries.  Rep. Howe (R – Rockville) and Rep. Newberger (R- Becker) recently introduced H.F. 3399 and H.F. 3400, which undermine groundwater sustainability requirements and effectively prevent DNR from restricting excessive, unsustainable pumping of groundwater until after trout fisheries are [...]

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Urge Governor Dayton to vote “no” on test case of Great Lakes Compact and protect Lake Superior from future water diversions

On Thursday March 3, 2016 the DNR hosts a meeting in Duluth regarding a decision which could set a precedent either to allow Lake Superior waters to be diverted out of the basin or to prevent such diversions.  The first test of the Great Lakes Compact is here – in the form of an application [...]

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Great Waters Expo will be held March 18 to 20, 2016 – don’t miss this community celebration

This fall I received word that the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo was closing up shop after 12 successful years.  The Helgeson family, who has kept this wonderful event going since the passing of Tom Helgeson, the Expo’s founder, had reached the difficult realization that it could no longer dedicate the countless hours and energy [...]

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Volunteers needed Saturday November 21 for final community habitat event this year

The Twin Cities Chapter of TU needs your help on its last community brush cutting event in 2015.  Volunteers of all ages are needed to clear invasive trees along the Vermillion River near Farmington, MN on Saturday November 21 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Volunteers will be rewarded with a good lunch and good [...]

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Volunteers needed Saturday October 24 to help improve habitat along the Vermillion River

We are looking for more people to help us clear invasive trees along the Vermillion River near Farmington, MN on Saturday October 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Volunteers will work removing buckthorn and other invasives, which are degrading trout and riparian forest habitat.  We will also be creating better public access for our community. [...]

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Show support for regulation changes on Vermillion River

The DNR is proposing to change trout fishing regulations on the Vermillion River to increase angling participation. While the Vermillion supports a wild brown trout fishery throughout the system, rainbow trout are stocked in the Rambling River Park area to provide a put and take fishery. Because of the wild browns face many stresses and [...]

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