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Waltonian Spring 2015

posted Mar 24, 2015, 11:42 AM by Jon Anderson

Northern Long-Eared Bat As Possible Endangered Species

posted Jan 21, 2015, 2:26 PM by Jon Anderson

Attached is a letter from the MN DNR to the US FWS concerning the potential designation of the Northern Long-Eared Bat as a federally threatened or endangered species. It contains some interesting information about the biology of the bat and what trees they are using in Minnesota for their summer roost sites. Federal designation of this bat species could have impacts upon forest management and summer logging in NE Minnesota. This issue, especially as it relates to the need for providing summer roost trees in our forests, is being followed closely by the Minnesota Ikes.
 

Conservation Chronicle Fall 2014

posted Sep 22, 2014, 7:59 AM by Jon Anderson

Mount Polly Mine Disaster

posted Aug 19, 2014, 10:52 AM by Jon Anderson   [ updated Aug 19, 2014, 10:52 AM ]

Below is a link to some aerial video taken from a helicopter flying over the Mount Polly tailings pond washout in British Columbia. The scale of the damage is astonishing, and a wake-up call to us for the impact that could occur in MN if one of our current taconite or future copper mine tailings basin dikes should fail. Sobering stuff! Share with your friends.


Mining Truth is launching a "Watch the Video" action. Here are some links for more information. 


Chester Creek Restoration & Protect Event/Tour

posted Jun 20, 2014, 5:44 AM by Jon Anderson

When: Wednesday June 25, 6:30 pm
Where: Meet at Chester Bowl Parking lot
Contact: Julene Boe, Izaak Walton League Duluth Board, 218-348-8767, jboe56@gmail.com

The WJ McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League is sponsoring an opportunity for the public to learn more about the stream restoration and protection plans for the Chester Creek Watershed. This will feature a tour of the portion of the creek between Skyline and 9th Street that was damaged during the June 2012 flood. Chris Kleist, City of Duluth, will lead this tour.

The emphasize of this activity will be to provide an opportunity for public input on stream restoration and protection efforts that will help the stream to adapt to future climate change impacts. The public will also hear more about the draft Chester Park Master Plan and the Green Infrastructure Program currently underway by the Minnesota Sea Grant Program. These upstream efforts can have a positive impact on stream restoration efforts downstream.

Interested persons are encouraged to meet near the entrance to Chester Bowl on Skyline Parkway, where the tour of the creek will begin. Wear appropriate footwear for the trail as well as outwear appropriate for the weather.

This tour is part of a program to promote Climate Change Adaption being sponsored jointly by the Duluth Izaak Walton League Chapter and the St Louis River Alliance, which is funded through grants from Freshwater Future.

Izaak Walton League of America - W.J. McCabe Chapter – Duluth - www.duluthikes.org  

St. Louis River Alliance - www.stlouisriver.org

Action Alert-Mississippi River Corridor!

posted Dec 11, 2013, 10:59 AM by Jon Anderson

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Protect the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area!

Please take a few moments to send Governor Mark Dayton and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr a personal message regarding the Critical Area rulemaking process?

The DNR is under pressure from several corridor cities to weaken the state's proposed rules, and there is a very small window of time right now to ensure that the river's resources get the protection they deserve.

Please forward this email to those you trust and who you know who support a strong Critical Area rulemaking process and who want to protect the Mississippi River's unique natural, scenic and cultural assets now and in the future. Please use your own words to maximize the impact. Explain how you use the river and why its protection is important to you.

TAKE ACTION

Please send an email or call to both Governor Dayton and DNR Commissioner Landwehr, and let them know that the Critical Area rulemaking process must be strong and protect the Mississippi River's unique natural, scenic and cultural assets now and long into the future. For maximum impact, please write in your own words and personalize your message as much as possible.

Governor Mark Dayton
mark.dayton@state.mn.us
651-201-3400

Commissioner Tom Landwehr
commissioner.dnr@state.mn.us
651-296-6157

SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS

  • The Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) is a resource of regional, statewide, national and even international significance that requires special management to retain its health and vitality. As the headwaters state, the Mississippi River is one of our claims to fame.
  • The Mississippi River is a drinking water source for more than 20 million Americans. Unfortunately, every mile of the river in the MRCCA fails to meet State standards for water quality. New standards are needed to reduce runoff pollution to the river.
  • With 30 local units of government with land-use authority along the river, some over-arching guidelines are necessary to avoid a death by a thousand cuts - the steady degradation of the very qualities that make the Mississippi such a treasure.
  • Cities will continue to have local control over development decisions in the corridor through their existing variance authority, but it is the state's responsibility to set strong standards and guidelines to protect this resource of statewide significance.
  • The Critical Area is also the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA), a national park. This is the only National Park on the entire length of the river that is river focused. In 1991, the State of Minnesota promised to revise the Critical Area standards in order to protect the newly designated National Park. It's high time to deliver on that promise!

Please be sure to include a sentence or two about why you care about the Mississippi River. Are you a birder? An angler? Do you walk/bike/run along the river?

BACKGROUND

Designated as a State Critical Area in 1976 and as a National Park in 1988, the 72-mile corridor of the Mississippi River from Dayton to Hastings has waited decades for a set of consistent, science-based rules that will ensure protection of the unique scenic, natural and cultural resources of the corridor for generations to come.

As you have probably heard, the rulemaking process for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) was restarted this year.   This year lawmakers extended the MN Department of Natural Resources' authority to complete the MRCCA rules and provided a $100,000 appropriation to the DNR to conduct the work that remains to get them adopted into law.

Early next year, a revised version of the rules drafted in 2010 will be released, and the official public process for reviewing proposed rules will begin.

In the interim, however, DNR has been gathering input from local cities in preparation for the new draft, and there is concern that the rules could be substantially weakened as a result.

Local cities are a key partner in implementing the state's river protection rules and policies, but it would be a grave mistake to let them pick and choose which standards are needed to protect the key public values of a nationally significant resource that belongs to all Minnesotans.

Thank you so much for your help - please feel free to contact us if you have questions.

Timber Wolves

posted Mar 19, 2013, 2:30 PM by Jon Anderson

The gray wolf (timber wolf) has long been of special interest to our chapter, which fought for the removal of Minnesota's wolf bounty way back in the 1960's. An interesting dilemma concerning protection and management of the wolf is that it has been far easier to re-establish their populations than it has been to manage their very successful recovery. The attached article by L. David Mech was published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Wildlife Professional. It is an excellent summary of the history and challenges of the wolf's recovery in MN and the western US. It is likely that our chapter will continue to be involved in this issue in the future. Mech has done much of his ground breaking research on wolves in Minnesota and has often testified before our state legislature and the U.S Congress on wolf biology and management.

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