Staff and News Reports

State parks, outdoor recreation get $100 million distribution

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday, Sept. 19 a $100 million distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants…

Researchers: More than 4 billion birds stream overhead during fall migration

Fewer birds return to their breeding grounds after going through fall migration and spending months on their wintering grounds. But the researchers were surprised to find that the migrants arriving across the U.S. southern border had an average return rate of 76 percent during the 5 years of the study (2013 to 2017) and the birds wintering in the U.S. had only an average return rate of 64 percent.

Hurricane Florence forces suspension of Shimano’s South Carolina facility operations

LADSON, S.C. — With mandatory evacuations ordered by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster due to Hurricane Florence approaching the Carolina coast, Shimano has suspended operations of its North Charleston distribution center and fishing division office until further notice. “We will continue to monitor the impending impact of Florence on all of them and our facilities before we resume operations,” said Steve…

New York leads effort to restore bird protection law

(National Audubon Society)WASHINGTON — Attorneys General from eight states – led by New York’s Barbara Underwood, along with AGs from California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon – filed litigation Wednesday challenging the Trump Administration’s move to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The suit was filed in the Southern District…

Carp removal project kicks off at Lake Minnetonka headwaters

Above, below: On Friday, Sept. 7, crews pulled up the first nets that have been set in Steiger Lake in Victoria. (Photos by Minnehaha Creek Watershed District)The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), in coordination with Three Rivers Park District, Carver County, the City of Victoria, and the rest of the Six Mile Creek-Halsted Bay Subwatershed Partnership, is beginning the first…

Michigan, celebrating 100 years of elk, gets boost from RMEF

(Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)The Michigan DNR will celebrate 100 years of elk in Michigan with a special event Saturday, Sept. 8 in Gaylord, the DNR announced Thursday, Sept. 6 – a day after it was announced that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation had awarded more than $30,000 in grant funding to benefit elk, elk habitat and hunting programs in the Wolverine State. In 1918,…

Reports: Sportsmen, women contribute over $93 billion to economy

Each year, 35.8 million people 16 years and older take to America’s waters to fish, the reports say.New economic reports by Southwick Associates reveals more than 53 million Americans consider themselves sportsmen and women, spending more than $93.5 billion in 2016 on gear, licenses, travel, clothing, gas and more. In a series of reports released Tuesday, Sept. 4 by the…

Crestliner launches Angling Aces student program

Ostego, Minn. — Crestliner recently announced the introduction of Angling Aces, a program aimed at nurturing high school- and college-aged anglers’ passion for fishing and guiding them with higher education and careers related to the sport. In addition, the program advocates for the outdoors and resource conservation, helps youth anglers perfect fishing techniques, and teaches on-water safety, the company said…

2018 Summer Lower Fox Demo Farm Field Day [video]

The Lower Fox Demonstration Farms Network is a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project designed to showcase and demonstrate leading-edge conservation practices that improve Great Lakes water quality by reducing phosphorus from entering Green Bay and Lake Michigan. The partnership is the first of its kind in the Great Lakes region and it consists of eight producers within the Fox River…

Shimano/B.A.S.S. Nation scholarships: Future of natural resources, fisheries management in good hands

Incoming Virginia Tech senior Cantley Krafft (left) is awarded one of nine $3,000 Shimano/B.A.S.S. Nation scholarships during registration at the 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, held last week on Oklahoma’s Lake Tenkiller. B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliland (right) makes the presentation.LADSON, S.C. — The future within the ranks of natural resources and fisheries management professionals looks bright, at…

Invasive species alert in Lehigh County

HARRISBURG, Pa. – After confirming the presence of the aquatic invasive species (AIS) known as New Zealand Mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarium) in Little Lehigh Creek, Lehigh County, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding anglers and boaters that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters. PFBC biologists collected Mudsnail specimens this…