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Legislature ignoring anglers – Calls needed today on fee increase and buffers

Increased funding is needed to protect and improve our fisheries, yet legislative leaders are ignoring anglers’ request for a small fee increase to maintain quality fishing.  The legislative session ends Sunday, BUT CALLS TODAY CAN TURN THE TIDE.  Tomorrow may be too late.  Please take 2 minutes and place short calls (or send e mails) [...]

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Tell Legislators to Stop Attacks on Clean Water and Minnesota Trout Streams

The MN Legislature is poised to remove the 50 foot buffers from trout streams in place since the 1980s.  They plan to roll back basic water protections, push an anti-public lands agenda and cut core funding from DNR and MPCA as well.  Legislators are claiming that they are not hearing from voters. We all need [...]

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North Shore Steelhead need your help

Anglers needed to gather scale samples from steelhead in 2017; and to harvest kamloops to reduce disastrous hybridization For the past two decades DNR has been playing a dangerous game of roulette with our North Shore steelhead fishery.  Despite numerous studies indicating that stocking domesticated hatchery strain “kamloops” rainbows would likely interfere with steelhead reproduction [...]

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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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