Department Of Natural Resources

Boat Safety 1

Officials Urge Memorial Weekend Boaters To Keep Safety In Mind

Many boat owners will dust off their boats and hit the water this holiday weekend, so it’s a good time to brush up on boating safety.

05/19/2015

(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Bird Flu Found In Hawk In Western Minnesota

Minnesota officials say a hawk in the western part of the state has tested positive for bird flu.

04/30/2015

(credit: MN DNR)

Dayton To DNR: No More Moose Collaring

Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to stop the practice of radio-collaring moose as part of studying the animals.

04/28/2015

(credit: CBS)

Christmas Lake Zebra Mussel Treatment Appears Successful

Officials say initial results indicate a three-step treatment has been effective in ridding Christmas Lake in Shorewood of invasive zebra mussels. The Department of Natural Resources says divers last week found no evidence of zebra mussels where they were discovered last August in the boat launch area of the popular west metropolitan area lake.

04/20/2015

Eurasian Milfoil, Boats, Lake

House Budget Bill Rolls Back Invasive Species Boating Rule

A House budget bill would change Minnesota’s law aimed at requiring watercraft owners to get training on how to spot and prevent aquatic invasive species. The House environment finance bill slated for committee action Tuesday would repeal the requirement that boaters affix a special trailer decal they would get after completing a training course on invasive species.

04/13/2015

(credit: CBS)

DNR Warns Of Drones Around Wildfire Battles

Department of Natural Resources firefighters are standing by for what is shaping up to be another dangerous wildfire weekend. Only now they’ve got a new concern — unmanned aircraft, otherwise known as drones.

04/10/2015

(credit: CBS)

Mille Lacs Daily Walleye Limit Drops To One Fish

With just a month to go until the statewide fishing opener, anglers who fish lake Mille Lacs received more disappointing news. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released the 2015 fishing regulations for Mille Lacs, which cuts the bag limit on walleye in half.

04/08/2015

(credit: Chris Schneider/Getty Images)

Burning Restrictions Extending To NE Minnesota

Spring burning restrictions will be extended to the northeastern Minnesota counties of Lake, Cook and St. Louis on Wednesday, the Department of Natural Resources says.

04/07/2015

(credit: Governor's Office)

DNR Officials Promote Dayton’s Outdoors Budget Proposal

Officials with the Department of Natural Resources are touting Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to boost funding for fish, wildlife, outdoors and enforcement programs, including more conservation officers.

04/02/2015

(credit: CBS)

DNR Seeks More Public Input On Deer Population Goals

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input about proposed deer population goals for large chunks of Minnesota. The DNR is seeking online feedback from hunters, landowners, farmers, local officials and other interested parties on proposed deer population goals recommended by citizen advisory teams in 40 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas.

04/02/2015

(credit: Jupiter Images)

DNR Extends Burning Restrictions In Northern Minnesota

As the fire danger increases, authorities are extending spring burning restrictions to more north-central and northeastern Minnesota counties effective Wednesday.

03/31/2015

(credit: Maribeth Lundeed of Stillwater)

Minnesota State Parks Seek Fee Bump To Maintain Services

The Department of Natural Resources is asking the Minnesota Legislature to raise entrance fees at state parks so it can maintain services at existing levels. Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposes to bump the current $5 daily vehicle fee by $1 to $6, and the current 12-month $25 vehicle fee by $5 to $30.

03/20/2015

(credit: CBS)

Bald Eagles Migrating Back To Minnesota As Waters Open Up

Bald eagles are migrating back to Minnesota, and the Department of Natural Resources says they may be seen in large numbers across parts of the state over the next few weeks. A DNR official says eagles typically come through the area in mid-to-late March, as waters begin to open up and the snow melts.

03/13/2015

(credit: MN DNR)

Camera Captures Eaglet Birth In Minnesota

A camera set up by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has captured one of the season’s first bald eagle births. The birth was caught on video Tuesday by the department’s EagleCam. According to the department, the first of three eggs was laid on Jan. 19 or 20, and it usually takes 35 days for eagles to incubate their eggs.

02/26/2015

(credit: CBS)

Final Vote Coming For Bill Altering Commissioner Raises

A bill that temporarily halts salary increases for Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet is being staged for final legislative votes as soon as Thursday.

02/25/2015

(credit: MN DNR)

‘EagleCam’ Eaglet Ready To Make Its Debut

One of the eaglets featured on the Department of Natural Resources’ “EagleCam” is about ready for its close-up! The DNR says one of the eagle eggs laid last month hatched on Tuesday, which they say was right on schedule.

02/25/2015

Ice Fishing

Minnesota 2014 Fish And Game Licenses Expire Saturday

Minnesota authorities remind anglers that their 2014 fish, game and trapping licenses expire Saturday. While some hunting and fishing seasons continue past Saturday, the Department of Natural Resources says new licenses are required.

02/24/2015

(credit: CBS)

Deal Stalls Agency Leader Salary Hike, Grants Lawmaker Power

The Minnesota House has endorsed a deal that stalls commissioner pay hikes until June but gives Gov. Mark Dayton a narrow window to boost those salaries.

02/19/2015

(credit: DNR)

Minnesota Puts Brakes On Conversion Of Forests To Crops

Minnesota officials on Thursday put the brakes on the conversion of pine forests to potato fields in the northwestern part of the state while they conduct an environmental review on potential threats to groundwater, fish and wildlife.

02/05/2015

(credit: Minnesota DNR)

DNR: EagleCam Nest Now Holds 3 Eggs

Officials with the Department of Natural Resources say the nest under watch of the department’s online EagleCam now holds three eggs.

01/28/2015

(credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Minnesota Tightens Walleye Rules For 3 Popular BWCA Lakes

Authorities are tightening walleye regulations for three lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area but loosening them for another popular northern Minnesota lake.

01/26/2015

(credit: Michael Townsend)

Walleyes, Deer, Wolves And Moose Among Topics Of DNR Event

Gov. Mark Dayton’s announcement that he’ll ask lawmakers to require a 50-foot buffer zone along most streams, lakes and wetlands to boost the state’s struggling pheasant population was the highlight of the annual Department of Natural Resources roundtable. But the discussions Friday also included ones about fishing, deer hunting, wolves and moose.

01/16/2015

(credit: CBS)

Dayton Proposes Legislative Action On Waterway Buffers

Gov. Mark Dayton says he will propose that the Legislature require 50-foot buffer strips along streams and lakes in Minnesota to boost the struggling pheasant population. At an annual Department of Natural Resources roundtable on outdoors issues in Brooklyn Park, the governor said his proposal would create 125,000 acres of pheasant habitat.

01/16/2015

(credit: Jupiter Images)

Dayton Unsure of Minnesota’s Next Step On Wolf Hunting

Gov. Mark Dayton is consulting with his Department of Natural Resources chief on how the state should respond to a federal ruling that outlaws hunting of gray wolves.

12/29/2014

(credit: CBS)

Chemical Treatment Targets Christmas Lake Zebra Mussels

It’s been the most tested, controlled and, at times, controversial undertaking aimed at keeping an aquatic threat out of a Minnesota lake. The fear of a zebra mussel invasion in Shorewood’s Christmas Lake has been a priority of area residents for the past several years.

12/19/2014

more

previous