Media Advisory: Teleconference TODAY with Sportsmen on Federal Lands Transfers

Teleconference TODAY at NOON EDT:

Sportsmen Go to Washington, D.C., to Rally Against 

Sale or Transfer of Federal Public Lands

  

To join the call, dial 800-311-9403 and enter pass code 175716

 

WASHINGTON – As House and Senate Republicans prepare to debate their Fiscal Year 2016 budget priorities, sportsmen remain on guard against proposals that would transfer or sell federal public lands to state ownership, proposals that would mirror misguided efforts currently underway in numerous Western states.

 

State ownership of federal public lands could result in a range of negative impacts, including increased industrial activity; diminished public access for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation; and the outright sale of these lands to private interests.

 

In recent months, thousands of hunters and anglers have rallied at state capitols across the West with one loud and important message:

Keep public lands in public hands

. This week, sportsmen have traveled to Washington, D.C., to urge their elected leaders to reject any shortsighted proposals to sell America’s public lands heritage.

 

Join a

press teleconference today, March 24, at noon EDT

to hear directly from hunters and anglers about the value of public lands in the U.S.

 

Sportsmen speaking will include the following:

  • Julian Gonzalez, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Dan Harrison, Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Merin Tigert, Boise, Idaho
  • Paul Wilkins, Chief Conservation Officer, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Washington, D.C.
  • Moderator: Land Tawney, Executive Director, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Missoula, Montana

To join the call, dial 800-311-9403 and enter pass code 175716.

 

Please RSVP to Katie McKalip at 406-240-9262 or mckalip@backcountryhunters.org.

 

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the sportsmen’s voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife

 

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Legislative update, March 20, 2015

Greetings from the Capitol,

 

Welcome to first deadline! This week, the Governor released his supplemental budget and MMB will be presenting it in the House Ways and Means on Monday.  The DNR Game and Fish bills (SF1303; HF1406) progressed and are headed to the Senate Finance Committee and the General Register. The DNR Policy and Technical bills (SF1430; HF1329) also were moved as amended, and are destined for Senate State and Local Government and House Government Operations and Elections Policy. The Omnibus Lands bills (HF1429; SF1406) were moved to the House Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance Committee and the Senate Energy and Environment Committee.

In the House Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance Committee, HF1649 and 1704 were passed and re-referred to the House Taxes Committee. Three other bills (HF989 and HF1349, HF1557) were laid over for possible inclusion. A bill that would establish trust funds with Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund dollars for the purpose of paying in lieu property tax payments (HF1707) passed and was re-referred to House Taxes. A similar bill is written for the Outdoor Heritage Fund (HF1706).

In the House Legacy Funding Finance Committee, HF462 (Legacy fund appropriation eligibility modified) and HF181 (Outdoor Heritage Fund) were laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Senator Hoffman’s bill on trapping modifications (SF1325) passed committees and is headed to the Senate floor. The House Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy Committee’s Omnibus bill (HF1168) and Camp Ripley’s Sentinel Landscapes (HF283) were referred to the General Register.

 

With one more week before session break, look for another busy week at the Capitol. The tentative schedule for Monday and Tuesday is below. For the most up to date list of meetings and bills, please visit committee web pages or currently posted meetings for the House and Senate.

Please contact me at pat.rivers@state.mn.us or Bob Meier (bob.meier@state.mn.us ) if you have any comments on concerns. It’s great to hear American robins again, true ambassadors of spring. Grab a pair of binoculars and see what birds you can find this weekend in our great outdoors!

Pat

HOUSE & SENATE BROADCAST TELEVISION SCHEDULE

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Monday, March 23, 2015

 

Monday, March 23, 2015 10:15 AM House

Ways and Means

Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jim Knoblach

Agenda:

MMB: Presentation of the Governor’s Supplemental Budget


Monday, March 23, 2015 11:00 AM Senate

Senate


Monday, March 23, 2015 12:30 PM House

Legacy Funding Finance

Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Dean Urdahl, Josh Heintzeman

Agenda:

HF129 Dettmer Big Marine Lake veterans rest camp   improvement funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF821 Green Culvert replacement grant funding provided,   and money appropriated.
HF1016 Lillie Ramsey County; Culturally relevant sport   courts and fields development and installation funding provided, and money   appropriated.
HF1323 Rarick Wastewater treatment system planning   appropriated money from the clean water fund.
HF453 Hancock Veterans programs funding provided, and money   appropriated.
HF1007 Wills Dakota County; Mississippi River Regional   Trail funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1866 Petersburg Motor vehicle lease sales tax revenue   deposits clarified.
HF1706 Drazkowski Outdoor heritage trust fund account   established, trust fund payments to counties provided, and money   appropriated.
HF1049 Drazkowski Soil and water conservation district block   grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF698 Pierson Parks and trails fund usage to acquire   property by eminent domain prohibited.
HF791 Lueck Cuyuna Mountain bike system funding provided,   and money appropriated.

Legacy funding request by the Regional Public Libraries
HF1049 (Drazkowski) Soil and water conservation district block grant funding provided, and money appropriated
HF698 (Pierson) Parks and trails fund usage to acquire property by eminent domain prohibited
HF791 (Lueck) Cuyuna Mountain bike system funding provided, and money appropriated.
Committee Documents:
H1866A1.pdf

 


Monday, March 23, 2015 3:30 PM House

The House Meets in Session

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:15 AM House

Civil Law and Data Practices

Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Peggy Scott

Agenda:

HF1935 Green Religious objections to autopsies provided.
HF1793 Loonan Horse racing definitions modified and   provided, Minnesota Racing Commission powers and duties clarified, licensure   requirements and other regulatory provisions provided and modified, and   industry-related revenue provided.
HF1972 Schomacker Revisor’s bill; erroneous, ambiguous, and   omitted text and obsolete reference corrected; redundant, conflicting, and   superseded provisions removed, and miscellaneous corrections made.

**More bills may be added **
Committee Documents:
HF 1972 Amendment A15-0244.pdf


Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:15 AM House

Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Denny McNamara

Agenda:

HF1477 Uglem Solid waste reduction and recycling grant to   counties usage modified, and solid waste management tax revenue allocation   amended.
HF624 Dill Snowmobile registration fees modified.
HF608 Hackbarth Trap shooting sports facility grants provided   funding, and money appropriated.
HF946 Hackbarth Metropolitan regional park maintenance and   operation funding provided, and money appropriated.
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E-News from Wings North

Upcoming events!     

 

As of toady we have released 8505 birds.   With about 2,000 birds left to go now is the time to make your reservations!!

 

March 21st Wings North Doubles pool Tournament,

Contact Kim Ammerman to sign up 651-270-7010 to sign up!

March 22nd Conceal & carry class.  

March 28th Archery only Pheasant Hunt.

Contact Cory Kostuchowski at 612-819-2883

March 29th 1st day of High school Trap at Wings North;

April 11th North Branch Education foundation Sporting Clay Fundraiser Contact Alan Schultz 651-277-2265

April 12th all pheasant European shoot!  Limited to 30 shooters, 300 Pheasants!!!

April 18th Pheasants forever youth shoot.  8:00-9:00 registration.   

Contact Bob Joyce to sign your youth up.  651-206-9856

April 24th St. Mary’s sporting clay Charity shoot. 

April 25th & 26th End of the season Hunt!     Between 75-100 Birds per field. 

This is an afternoon hunt.  Cost is usually between $225-$300 per hunter 5 hunters per field.  

May 2nd Guide Trial.   (Guides only & Guest) 

June 6th Biathlon  We shoot 50 targets & Golf 9 holes.  

July 18th Tree House Sporting clay fundraiser;    Contact Randy at 320-420-6937

August 8th Ruffed Grouse Society Sporting clay shoot!

Contact Dick Hemphner 763-444-4522

August 15th Masonic Cancer Research foundation Sporting clay shoot.  

Contact Roger McNear.  612-790-5561

 

Please spread the word our Face Book page was taken down.

So you have to re-like Wings North   & friend Request Chad Hughes

 

Chad Hughes

Wings North

www.wingsnorth.org

wings1@ecenet.com

(320) 629-5002 Clubhouse

(320) 282-8614 Cell

 

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Governor’s budget proposal would help maintain vitality of state parks and bolster local economies

More than 8 million people visit Minnesota state parks each year with nearly 1.3 million of them traveling from other states or countries. This year, Gov. Mark Dayton has recommended a much-needed boost in funding for Minnesota state parks and recreation areas to ensure that they remain well-maintained attractions.

The economic benefits to Greater Minnesota communities that host state parks can be significant. In 2012, visitors to Minnesota state parks spent $231 million annually on their trips, supporting thousands of local jobs across Minnesota.

The additional funding proposed by the governor would allow state parks to continue operating at present service levels, providing for 154,000 hours of customer service and keeping many parks open into Minnesota’s beautiful fall season.

“Parks and trails give people a reason to travel. They are a cornerstone of Minnesota’s $13 billion tourism industry,” said Erika Rivers, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “Local spending by park visitors on gas, food, lodging and other items creates major benefits for Greater Minnesota communities.”

The return to the economy from a state park visitor is roughly $25 per day. Each year, the magnifier effect of this spending generates an estimated $372 million in total business sales, according to DNR research.

Visitor interest in Minnesota’s state parks and trails has continued to grow. Year-end numbers from 2014 show that permit sales are up 24 percent and overnight stays are up 11 percent from 2008. In 2008, Minnesota citizens approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, which has helped fund state park improvements and outreach efforts. These parks and trails investments have helped foster tourism and bolster local economies, according to Rivers.

“We’ve expanded the park system considerably in recent years with the acquisition of land for Lake Vermilion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park and La Salle Lake State Recreation Area, and the addition of a 25-mile mountain bike trails system at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area,” Rivers said. “The additional funding the Governor is proposing will offset the cost of operating and maintaining a growing system for a growing number of customers.”

Minnesota state parks popular attractions
Minnesota’s state parks and trails are some of the most popular outdoor attractions in the state, drawing millions of visitors each year. Gov. Dayton’s proposed investment in the state parks system will help ensure they remain able to serve growing demand.

  • 8,881,746 visitors – In 2014, Minnesota’s state parks hosted nearly 9 million visitors.
  • 66 state parks – Minnesota is home to 66 state parks and 9 recreation areas, 8 state waysides, 590 paved miles of state trails, and 62 state forest campgrounds and day-use areas.
  • 72 percent – Repeated DNR surveys suggest that more than two-thirds of Minnesotans who visit a state park make a return visit (2001: 74 percent, 2007: 67 percent, 2012: 72 percent).

More on the Governor’s State Parks Budget Proposal
Dayton’s proposal would increase the state park operations budget by $4.6 million in fiscal year 2016 (ending June 30, 2016) and $4.9 million for fiscal year 2017. These increases would be added to the annual state parks and trails operations budget of $34.6 million.

The proposed funding increase would come partly from a general fund increase and partly from a modest increase in daily and year-round vehicle permit fees. Under the Governor’s proposal, annual passes would increase to $30 from $25, and one-day permit fees would increase to $6 from $5. Vehicle permit fees have not increased since 2003.

For more information about the Parks and Trails Division budget, see the Parks and Trails 101 document at www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks_trails/index.html or request a copy by calling 651-259-5600.

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Sutherland named 2014 TIP officer of the year

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Thomas Sutherland of Grand Rapids was named the 2014 Turn in Poachers (TIP) “Joe Alexander” Conservation Officer of the Year during the annual TIP banquet held March 14 in Grand Rapids.

“The TIP program helps preserve our outdoor heritage for future generations to enjoy,” said Sutherland, who serves on the TIP board of directors.

TIP is a private nonprofit organization operating on private donations. The organization accomplishes its mission of protecting and preserving Minnesota’s natural resources by providing educational materials and by funding rewards paid directly to citizens who call in tips that lead to arrests of game law violators.

“Serving on the TIP board of directors has allowed me to appreciate the dedication TIP members have to the DNR Enforcement Division in supporting our mission to provide quality education and natural resources law enforcement services to Minnesota citizens,” Sutherland said.

DNR Enforcement Supervisor Lt. Jeff Koehn said that Sutherland has built strong relationships with outdoor enthusiasts such as hunters and anglers in his patrol area. “His friendly, professional approach with the public is a great asset, and he represents the DNR extremely well.”

Sutherland, a state conservation officer since 2006, is a member of many local committees, clubs and special organizations that promote TIP’s core values, and he always promotes the program to new conservation officers.

The award is presented to one conservation officer annually who best represents the mission of TIP during the course of duty. It is named in honor of past conservation officer and DNR Commissioner Joe Alexander, who was admired by his peers for his dedication and focused concern for natural resources.

“I am honored that TIP has viewed me worthy of this recognition,” said Sutherland.

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Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Honors Sportsmen Leaders, Raises Funds for Conservation at Annual Rendezvous

2015 event drew sportsmen from across North America in support of the BHA mission,

broke records in both attendance and money raised for public lands, water and wildlife

 

 

MISSOULA, Mont. – The Backcountry Hunters & Anglers 2015 Rendezvous met recently in Spokane, Wash., enabling BHA members to learn about issues important to North American sportsmen and honor community leaders, all while raising funds for conservation and advancing the BHA mission of sustaining North America’s outdoor heritage.

 

The energetic weekend gathering drew hundreds of BHA members and supporters from across the United States and Canada who attended seminars, got their hands dirty at a conservation workday and socialized at the first annual Backcountry Brewfest and annual Backcountry Bash, which featured guest speaker Randy Newberg, host of “Fresh Tracks” and “On Your Own Adventures.” In addition, hundreds of thousands more participated in the event virtually through social media, online fundraisers and membership drives. Profits increased by 50 percent from the 2014 Rendezvous, with funds dedicated to support BHA efforts on behalf of North American sportsmen, fish and wildlife.

 

A highlight of the annual BHA event was the presentation of the group’s top honors to four deserving recipients.

 

The Ted Trueblood Award, bestowed annually for exceptional communications work informing and inspiring people for the benefit of public land, water and wildlife, was presented to Rich Landers, avid sportsman, book author and longtime outdoors editor of the Spokesman-Review in Spokane.

 

“I first met Rich on the backcountry prairie that is the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in the middle of Montana,” said BHA Executive Director Land Tawney. ”Not only does he enjoy the outdoors behind a dog and over a shotgun, he writes eloquently about why we must conserve the wilds we have left. It’s very appropriate that he receive the Ted Trueblood award, as he edited a piece by Ted when he interned at Field & Stream many years ago. Sportsmen are lucky to have such a dedicated advocate.”

 

The first-ever Larry Fischer Award, which honors the memory and contributions of a longtime BHA board member, recognizes exceptional dedication by a business to America’s backcountry values and public land and water. First Lite, manufacturer of unparalleled hunting apparel and accessories, received the inaugural award in Spokane.

 

“During 2014, First Lite contributed significant time, energy and company resources to conservation and America’s sportsmen, including supporting Backcountry Hunters & Anglers,” said Tawney. “First Lite leads by example. It is a company that understands that its bottom line – like the future of America’s hunting and fishing heritage – is closely tied to our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.”

 

BHA’s Aldo Leopold Award for exceptional work and dedication to conservation and backcountry values, especially the conservation of wildlife habitat, was presented to Montana BHA member Joe Gutkowski of Bozeman.

 

“Field & Stream magazine once called Gutkowski ‘the toughest man in the West,’” said Tawney. “He has been known to stick a peanut butter sandwich in his pocket and keep on a big bull elk until he has it down, regardless of where the elk takes him. And he has inspired generations of us who grew up in the outdoors and feel the responsibility of being good stewards.”

 

The George Bird Grinnell Award, given annually to a BHA chapter for outstanding group dedication and teamwork in boots-on-the-ground conservation of America’s backcountry, was presented to BHA’s Colorado state chapter.

 

“During the past year, the Colorado chapter worked tirelessly to ensure that policy relating to hunting, fishing and public lands protection represents BHA values,” said Tawney. “Colorado BHA members spearheaded a successful effort to ban the use of drones for hunting, developed and successfully implemented guidelines for OHVs and enabled conservation of more than 130,000 acres through designation of the Browns Canyon National Monument and passage of the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act. They exemplify the positive influence of which a BHA state chapter is capable – as well as the power of a committed group of individuals to effect good works in the name of sportsmen and conservation.”

 

Also at the 2015 Rendezvous, the BHA national board voted in favor of the additions of three new board members, T. Edward Nickens, Mike Schoby and Dan Martel.

 

The 2016 BHA Rendezvous will take place in Missoula, Mont. Dates and other details will be announced shortly.

 

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the sportsmen’s voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife

 

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MN BHA Update

MN BHA Friends,

 

-Minnesota BHA will have a table at the Fly-Fishing Film Tour in Minneapolis on Saturday, March 28, at The Parkway Theatre. Contact MN BHA co-chair Erik Jensen (progressiveoutdoorsman@gmail.com) if you can help out, and see the Tour FB page for additional information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1534554446795253/

-The (3rd Annual) MN BHA Chapter Rendezvous will be held August 14-16 at Whitewater State Park in SE Minnesota (same place as the 2014 Rendezvous). More information to follow. Mark your calendars!

 

-Photos from the BHA 4th Annual North American Rendezvous in Spokane, WA (3/6/15): http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=ac1517f319472398&sid=8Acs2LhkzbNlF9Y

-Photos from the BHA 4th Annual North American Rendezvous in Spokane, WA (3/7/15):

http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=58e95ce16ea461c75b2f2841c4d4a52e&sid=8Acs2LhkzbNlGCY

 

-BHA Teams with First Lite to fund the future of hunting: http://www.ammoland.com/2015/03/bha-teams-with-first-lite-to-fund-huntings-future/#axzz3UYtZThe5

-CO BHA: “Backcountry Tom: Turkey Hunting in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.” Colorado Outdoors: 3/11/15. http://coloradooutdoorsmag.com/2015/03/11/backcountry-tom-turkey-hunting-in-colorados-san-juan-mountains/

-Bennet, Heitkamp Introduce Bill to Increase Target Practice Opportunities (with some input from BHA’s Tim Brass): http://politicalnews.me/?id=32760&keys=RECREATIONAL-SHOOTING-MARKSMANSHIP-TRAINING

 

-Oppose BWCA land exchange proposal: http://www.friends-bwca.org/2015/03/friends-opposes-bwca-land-exchange-proposal/

-Don’t sell lands to highest bidder (from Colorado BHA Habitat Watchman Tom Sykes): http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20150307/OPINION03/150309679/-1/Opinion

-BHA: Federal public lands: No transfer to the states! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIQnBmGI8Qc

 

-A Minnesota buck so big, building plans had to change: http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_27662115/record-setting-deer-shot-winona-county

-Guest commentary: Minnesota’s deer herd will increase, but from what? http://www.outdoornews.com/March-2015/Guest-commentary-Minnesotas-deer-herd-will-increase-but-from-what/

 

-Minnesota’s elk herd up slightly from last year: http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/296079641.html

-Minnesota moose: falling population trend continues: http://blogs.twincities.com/outdoors/2015/02/17/minnesota-moose-falling-population-trend-continues/

-Ticks Thought to be Killing Moose: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/News-and-Views/Archives/2015/News-of-the-Wild-Moose.aspx

 

-New Conservation Easement Act Aims to Save Lands from Development: http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/the-conservationist/new-conservation-easement-act-aims-to-save-lands-from-development?cmpid=enews021815b&spPodID=020&spMailingID=7515556&spUserID=NjkzNDQ1NDc2NzYS1&spJobID=621819573&spReportId=NjIxODE5NTczS0

-DNR board OKs huge northwestern Wisconsin land purchase: http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27602545/wisconsin-natural-resources-board-approves-next-step-largest

Updates on proposed sulfide mining in northern Minnesota (and related issues):

-Empty promises: http://www.hibbingmn.com/opinion/open_forum/empty-promises/article_bbbb8880-c790-11e4-9d01-eb8b75f24b4f.html

-Researchers say proposed copper mine poses risks to BWCA: http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27693744/researchers-say-proposed-copper-mine-poses-risks-bwca

-Conservation And The Clash of American Ideals: http://hunting.scout.com/story/1517936-conservation-and-the-clash-of-american-ideals

-Trout Unlimited on sulfide mining: http://mntu.org/sulfide-mining/

-Also see: SavetheBoundaryWaters.org and PaddletoDC.org.

 

-Turkey call competition combines art, functionality: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/turkey-call-competition-combines-art-functionality-b99444290z1-291980931.html

-In Response: “The Rise of Hipster Hunters” http://www.simplytraditional.net/2015/02/28/in-response-the-rise-of-hipster-hunters/

-Birdwatchers, Hunters Train Their Scopes on Conservation: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2015/03/09/birdwatchers-hunters-train-their-scopes-on-conservation/

 

-Major shift in U.S. gun ownership: http://news.yahoo.com/major-survey-shows-gun-ownership-132558989.html

-Big whitetail buck gets stuck between bales: http://www.msn.com/en-gb/video/animals/big-whitetail-buck-gets-stuck-between-bales/vi-BBi8Rak?refvid=BBhjq42

 

Check out the MN BHA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/MinnesotaBackcountryHunters/

 

Have a good week!

 

 

David A. Lien

Co-Chair, Minnesota

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

The Sportsman’s Voice for Our Wild Public Lands, Waters and Wildlife

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Legislative Update, March 13,2015

Greetings from a very busy Capitol,

This week, the DNR Game and Fish Bill (SF1303; HF1406) was heard in committees and was moved as amended to the Senate Judiciary and House Government Operations Committees. Notable amendments in the Senate bill include the use of scopes on muzzleloaders, residents 80 and older may take deer of either sex, and establishing a pilot program to address deer depredation issues in series 300 deer permit areas. The DNR Policy and Technical bills (SF1430; HF1329) also were moved as amended, and are destined for Senate Judiciary and House Government Operations. The DNR Lands Bill (HF1429; SF1406) was heard in the House and moved to the House Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance Committee and is scheduled for a hearing on March 18th in the Senate Subcommittee on Lands.

Bills related to buffers (SF1537; HF1534) were heard, with the Senate bill moving to the Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. HF1819 was introduced on Friday. Governor Dayton also held a press conference on Thursday discussing the buffer proposal.

Several bills were heard related to trapping and were laid over for possible inclusion. These include HF1070, SF1070 and SF592.

 

On Friday, the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council elected four positions:

Chair:        Bob Anderson

Vice-Chair: Jane Kingston

Secretary:  David Hartwell

Treasurer: Julie Blackburn

Look for another busy week at the Capitol as the first deadline approaches (March 20th). The tentative schedule for next week is below.

Please contact me at pat.rivers@state.mn.us or Bob Meier (bob.meier@state.mn.us ) if you have any comments on concerns. For the most up to date list of meetings and bills, please visit committee web pages or currently posted meetings for the House and Senate. Did you remember to buy your 2015 fishing license? With warm temps and clear water, consider a trout fishing trip to SE MN this weekend.

Pat

HOUSE & SENATE BROADCAST TELEVISION SCHEDULE

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Monday, March 16, 2015

 

11:00 AM Senate

Senate


12:00 PM Senate

Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Budget Division

Chair: Sen.   David J. Tomassoni
Room 107 Capitol

OTHER BILLS MAY BE ADDED

Agenda:  
S.F.     424 Saxhaug Forest road maintenance increase pilot     project appropriation
S.F.     23 Saxhaug Minnesota forests for the future program     appropriation.
S.F.     156 Saxhaug Sustainable Forest Resources Act     implementation Minnesota forest resources council appropriation.
S.F.     24 Saxhaug Upper Mississippi River comprehensive plan grants appropriation.
   

12:45 PM House

Meeting Time Note: If necessary we will reconvene in room 10, 15 minutes following session.

Legacy Funding Finance

Room: Basement Hearing Room
Chair: Rep. Dean Urdahl, Josh Heintzeman

Agenda:

HF462 Green Legacy fund appropriations eligibility   modified.
HF181 McNamara Outdoor heritage fund money appropriated,   outdoor heritage fund money and Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council   requirements modified, previous appropriation modified, and money   appropriated.

Funding Request by the Southern Minnesota Children’s Museum
Overview and funding request by Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails
Overview and funding request by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
Funding request for “No More Gallant a Deed” Documentary film


6:00 PM
*** Change in meeting time ***

Legislative Water Commission

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Senator Bev Scalze, Representative Paul Torkelson
Agenda: Approval of minutes from the February 9, 2015 meeting
II. Brief presentations:
a. Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Coalition (Warren Formo, Executive Director)
b. Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts (Ray Bohn, Administrator)
c. Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (LeAnn Buck, Executive Director and Kurt Beckstrom, Vice Chair)
d. Minnesota Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program (Matt Wohlman, Assistant Commissioner)
III. Discuss water-related proposed legislation
IV. Set next meeting date
V. Other business as approved by the Chair
For more agenda information, click here

 

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

8:15 AM House

Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance

Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Denny McNamara

Agenda:

HF989 Lenczewski Dakota County; Black Dog Lake water quality   assessment required.
HF1649 Dill Sustainable Forest Incentive Act early   withdrawal allowed.

***Other bills may be added***


12:00 PM Senate

Committee on Judiciary

Chair: Sen.   Ron Latz
Room 15 Capitol
Agenda:  
S.F.     1303 Schmit Natural resources authorities, citizen     oversight committees, enforcement, wild animals possession, and licensing modifications.

2:45 PM House

Mining & Outdoor Recreation Policy

Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Tom Hackbarth

Agenda:

HF1325 Green Tax-forfeited land sale requirements   modified.
HF1173 Green Wetland replacement requirements exemption   provided for impacts related to mining.
HF243 Newton Driver’s licenses and Minnesota   identification cards Purple Heart designation established, and state park   permits provided.
HF1162 Dill University land exempted from prohibition on   selling lands bordering public waters.
HF1448 Anderson Sale of donated land required.
HF1698 Anzelc Class 1c property requirements modified, and   treatment of leased seasonal-recreational land modified.

If you would like to testify on any of the bills that have been posted, please email Claire Leiter at Claire.leiter@house.mn.

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2:45 PM House

Meeting Time Note: If necessary, the Committee will recess and re-convene in Room 10 SOB at 6:15pm.

Mining & Outdoor Recreation Policy

Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Tom Hackbarth

Agenda:

HF49 Davids Fillmore, Olmsted, Winona, and Houston   Counties; Blufflands Trail system modified.
HF1741 Kelly Goodhue Pioneer State Trail funding provided,   bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF1742 Kelly Goodhue and Wabasha Counties; Mississippi   Blufflands Trail established.
HF1682 Hackbarth Aquatic invasive species prevention program   requirements repealed.
HF650 Anzelc Taconite and iron sulphides and merchantable   iron ore concentrate produced therefrom production tax proceeds distributed.

If you would like to testify on any of the bills listed below, please e-mail Claire Leiter at Claire.leiter@house.mn.

**Due to the upcoming March 20th Policy deadline, additional bills may be added.


7:00 PM Senate

Environment and Energy – Subcommittee on Lands

Chair: Sen.   Foung Hawj
Room 112 Capitol
Agenda:  
To be announced.

 

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

12:00 PM Senate

Committee on Environment and Energy

Chair: Sen.   John Marty
Room 107 Capitol

The committee will reconvene at 4:00 pm in room 112 if it does not get   through all bills between 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm.

Agenda:  
To be announced.  
   
     
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