Are you considering energy conservation or solar energy for your place?

posted Oct 23, 2018, 5:30 PM by Molly Thompson   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 5:47 PM ]

Thursday, October 25 at AICHO - "Power of Minnesota" event with Ecolibrium3, RREAL and CERTs, to help individuals with energy audits, solar, and other efficiency questions. 
6:30-9:00 pm
AICHO American Indian Center
202 West 2nd Street | Duluth, MN 55802
More information - click on the PDF below.

Help Restore Nebagamon Creek

posted Mar 19, 2018, 5:34 PM by Molly Thompson   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 5:35 PM ]

Our chapter is a partner in a project sponsored by the Brule River Sportsmen's Club and several other conservation groups to rehabilitate a section of Nebagamon Creek, a tributary to Wisconsin's legendary Brule River.  The purpose of the project is to remove a portion of an abandoned railroad grade and culvert that crosses Nebagamon Creek, a few miles upstream of the Brule River. The railroad grade, which is quite high, with a large culvert, is deteriorating and threatening to wash out, which would flush a huge load of silt and sediment downstream and into the Brule River, a blue ribbon trout stream.

The Wisconsin DNR and conservation groups hope to secure enough funding to remove the railroad grade and culvert this coming summer. They need a total of $130,000. The DNR would provide $45,000 and hopes to get a grant from the U. S. FWS for another $38,000. So far, conservation groups have pledged $34,270 towards the project, including $1,000 from our chapter.

Since they need a few thousand more in funding, they are seeking donations from any who would like to help.  If you would like to donate to the project, you can send a check to the Brule River Sportsmen's Club at P.O. Box 100, Brule, Wisconsin 54820 or search for the Brule River S. Shore Grade at  

This is a great way for trout fishermen and stream lovers to put a little "skin" in the game to help protect one of the best rivers in our neck of the woods!

DNR's Forest Harvest Sustainability Analysis Report

posted Jan 3, 2018, 11:04 AM by Jon Anderson

Attached for your information and action is an article written by retired DNR wildlife manager Gary Drotts. Gary worked for many years out of the Brainerd Area wildlife office. Forest planning and sustainable forest management were a large part of his work there and one of his passions. 

This article gives a good overview of the DNR's Forest Harvest and Sustainability Analysis that has just been completed and is out for public review and comment.  I encourage you to take a look at the report and submit your comments, which are due by January 8th

This report is quite technical, however, the main concern is that this analysis is being pushed upon the DNR by the governor who is getting pressure from the timber industry. They want to force the DNR to sell more wood than is currently being put up for sale as a way to lower the price of wood for the industry by flooding the market. This is all about money and economics, and not about what is best for providing a healthy forest with a diversity of plants and wildlife and associated outdoor recreation in Minnesota. 

The original level of harvesting 800,000 cords per year is likely more cutting than is ideal from a forest habitat and wildlife diversity standpoint, but it is at least a tolerable level of harvest. Moving it up to 900,000 or 1,000,000 cords would definitely move the needle to a point that maximizes wood production at serious expense to many other forest values.

I hope you will dive into this report and let the DNR know what your thoughts are on their sustainable harvest analysis. I'm going to tell them that I do not want to see the harvest level increased, and would actually prefer something on the order of 600,000 cords. Wood should be just one of the products that we get from our forests. Fish, wildlife, clean water, aesthetics and forest recreation are the other multiple uses that should have equal value in our forests!

Rich Staffon

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.

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