Minnesota DNR Reports

New guidelines for outdoor recreation during COVID-19

(Minnesota DNR)The Minnesota DNR and Minnesota Department of Health collaborated to create new outdoor recreation guidelines for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines apply to both recreational facilities and the public and are based on Governor Walz’s Emergency Executive Order Allowing for Safe Outdoor Recreation (EO 20-38). Following these guidelines will help protect you and your fellow Minnesotans from this health threat. You…

Minnesota DNR, Red Lake Nation renew Upper and Lower Red Lake fishery management agreement 

The new MOU closely parallels previous 1999-2019 agreements that facilitated restoration of high-quality walleye fishing to Minnesota’s largest inland body of water. The agreement states that each entity will support the Red Lake Fisheries Technical Committee, a joint panel of experts that recommends policies and practices to maintain a healthy fishery.

Governor’s Christmas tree harvested in state forest [video]

Half a million Christmas trees are harvested each holiday season from private tree farms in Minnesota, contributing about $30 million to the state’s economy. For each tree harvested, one to three trees are planted. Real Christmas trees store carbon during their lifespan, and they can be chipped and used for mulch when the season is over, making them an environmentally friendly choice.

DNR appoints new Itasca State Park supervisor

The Minnesota DNR recently appointed Aaron Wunrow as the Itasca State Park supervisor. “I’m awed and humbled to be a member of the Itasca State Park team,” said Wunrow. “The park is a special place with incredible natural and cultural resources, old growth forests and the Headwaters of the Mississippi River. One of my goals as park supervisor is to…