Metro CPL Now Accepting Applications

The Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) Grant Program is now accepting applications for Round 2 of the Metro grant cycle. $1.6 million is available for conservation projects in the 7-county metro area or within a city with a population of 50,000 people or greater (St. Cloud, Rochester, Duluth). Apply by January 30th!

The CPL grant program funds conservation projects that restore, enhance, or protect forests, wetlands, prairies or habitat for fish, game, and wildlife in Minnesota. Grant requests may range from $5,000 to $400,000 with a maximum total project cost of $575,000. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to apply, and a 10% match of non-state cash or in-kind funds is required. Funding for the CPL program comes from the Outdoor Heritage Fund.

For more information, check out the Metro CPL Request for Proposal/Program Manual and visit the CPL website.

Questions? Please email lscplgrants.dnr@state.mn.us.

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DNR Media Advisory – Christmas Lake to be treated for zebra mussels

DNR to inject potash in Christmas Lake to eliminate zebra mussels
First use for this purpose in Minnesota

WHAT: 
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and its contractor will inject potash under the ice of Christmas Lake in an attempt to deliver the final blow to invasive zebra mussels discovered in a small area there in August.

This is only the third time potash has been used for this purpose in the U.S.; it’s the first time in Minnesota.

If the potash application succeeds as a follow-up to earlier treatments with Zequanox and copper, it will be the first time zebra mussels have been eradicated from a Minnesota lake.

WHO:
Staff from the DNR, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and a contractor working for the DNR.

WHERE: 
The public boat launch on the northwest corner of Christmas Lake, just off Highway 7 and Christmas Lake Road.

WHEN: 
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 10 – 11 a.m.

WHAT CAMERAS WILL SEE:  
Workers will drill about six holes in the ice, through which they will pump a slurry of water and potassium chloride (potash) into the lake.

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Wetland Defenders and Ag Drainage — 3 Meetings Next Week = A Critical Opportunity to improve Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat, statewide

Hi, all –

“Conservation takes dedication.”  Sometimes that means showing up for something on short notice, and speaking up for habitat and the natural resources like clean water.

 

Please take note of three meetings BWSR is holding next week to take input on how to update and improve the Wetland Drainage Manual, which is going to be revised.  The meetings are scheduled for Mankato on Dec. 15th from 10:30 a.m. – noon, Marshall on Dec. 15th from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., and at Crookston on Dec. 16th from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

 

These are not high-profile meetings but they are very important.  The input BWSR takes at these COULD have major results on the ground, in terms of water quality and wildlife habitat.  That is because future ditching projects will follow a newly-revised manual when revisions are complete.  The revisions could be good or bad, though, depending on who shows up to speak up at the meetings.  Just a couple-few people is all it takes to make sure the habitat and clean water considerations get their due.

 

Will you consider attending one of these meetings to speak up for habitat and water?  If not, could you find a few of your members who would do so?  Please let Mark Ten Eyck know if you will show up to one or more of these meetings.  Mark is cc-ed on this email.

 

Feel free to contact me or him with questions.  Note that there is more information about these meetings, below.

 

Yours,

 

-Matt

 

Matt Norton  -  Campaign Director || cell:  612-669-1630

mattnorton@mepartnership.org || direct line:  651-789-0651

Minnesota Environmental Partnership || main:  651.290.0154

 

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BHA Applauds Historic Move to Conserve America’s Finest Habitat

MISSOULA, Mont. – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers applauded the Senate today for passing federal legislation which protects habitat, access and outdoor opportunity on some of America’s finest hunting lands and fishing waters. “Today’s bipartisan action in Washington D.C. packs historic benefits for America’s outdoors families,” said Land Tawney, executive director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “This conservation vision represents decades of hard work by hunters and anglers and other partners to keep America’s Great Outdoors the envy of the world. This is important for today’s sportsmen and for future generations of sportsmen.” Today, the Senate passed a massive bill to fund the Department of Defense which now goes to the President’s desk for final passage. Tawney highlighted several habitat conservation measures attached to that bill: the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act in Colorado; the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and North Fork Protection Act in Montana; the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Act in New Mexico and the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act. “We applaud elected officials from both sides of the aisle for coming together to listen to their constituents and conserve backcountry hunting and fishing opportunities on our public lands. This is a great reminder that our public lands are a priceless resource that belongs to all Americans,” said Tawney. Image removed by sender.Colorado: Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, San Juan National Forest: Safeguards the headwaters of a critical native cutthroat stream, while protecting roadless security habitat for elk. The bill includes a new 37,000-acre Wilderness Area, as well as 68,000 acres of Special Management Area that would maintain existing uses, while prohibiting future industrial development. “This bill protects great wild headwaters habitat for trout, elk and many other species valued by hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers. It demonstrates the cooperative spirit and effectiveness of a great local effort in carefully crafting this workable legislation.” -Dan Parkinson, Colorado BHA Board Member, Bayfield, Colorado. New Mexico: Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, Carson National Forest: Officially designates 45,000 acres of lush alpine habitat as a Wilderness Area, permanently protecting excellent hunting opportunities for elk, black bear, bighorn sheep and grouse, while keeping out motorized traffic, bulldozers and commercial development. “Wilderness designation for the Columbine-Hondo will preserve the area’s iconic vistas of a high alpine forest laced with lush green wet meadows and streams. It is a sportsmen’s backcountry paradise in a tranquil wild landscape.” -Oscar Simpson, Chairman of New Mexico Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Image removed by sender.Nevada: Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Designates 70,000 acres of Wilderness Area in the Pine Forest Range and Wovoka Wilderness Areas. The areas provide good cold water fishing for both native and non-native trout species, and high quality hunting opportunities for upland game birds, mule deer and bighorn sheep. “NV BHA is proud to have been part of a lengthy stakeholder group process resulting in Wilderness protection for the Pine Forest Range: a rare alpine high value wildlife gem in Nevada’s high desert, long beloved by hunters and anglers alike.” -Karen Boeger, Nevada BHA Board Member, Washoe Valley, Nevada Image removed by sender.Montana: Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, Lewis & Clark National Forest Adds 67,000 acres to the world-famous Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, while protecting habitat and traditional access on an additional 208,000 acres of Conservation Management Areas and ramps up the war on weeds over more than 400,000 acres. The Front is regarded as some of the finest big game habitat in North America, supporting nine big game species, from pronghorn to mountain goat, elk and grizzly bear. It supports the largest native herd of bighorn sheep in the United States. “What a super day for one of the greatest intact landscapes left in the US or for that matter, the world. The conservation work done on the front be it on private or public land is simply amazing. The Heritage Act truly protects the heritage of our area and will let future generations enjoy the landscape that so many of us have cherished for years. I cannot thank the congressional delegation enough for supporting the Crown of the Continent conservation movement. It’s simply the right thing to do.” -Roy Jacobs, MT BHA Board Member, Pendroy, MT. Image removed by sender.Montana: North Fork Flathead Watershed Protection Act, Flathead National Forest Precludes oil, gas and mineral development on 430,000 acres in the North Fork of the Flathead Watershed, in Glacier National Park and the Flathead National Forest. The North Fork is one of the world strongholds for native bull and cutthroat trout and a source of pure water for Montana’s Flathead Lake. The Flathead National Forest provides habitat for moose, elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, cougar and grizzly bear. “On clear fall days the water is so clear, and the river rock so vibrant that a floater could mistake the place for an airbrushed magazine cover. That kind of purity is increasingly rare and must be conserved.” – Ryan Busse, BHA Board Member, Kalispell, Montana Thanks to the many BHA members who helped push this landmark legislation across the finish line! Sincerely, Tim Brass Southern Rockies & Social Media Coordinator Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

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DNR awards $5.7 million in habitat grants to conservation groups

The Department of Natural Resources has awarded 46 conservation grants to various organizations and entities for restoring, enhancing and protecting habitat in Minnesota.

This latest round of habitat funding comes from the agency’s Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grant program, which in the past six years has awarded more than $27 million to local, state, and federal nonprofit organizations and government entities for conservation projects.

The DNR recently received a record-high $8.9 million in grant requests from 71 applicants during round one of the application cycle. The DNR has funded $5.7 million of these requests.

“It’s rewarding to receive, review and fund so many worthy habitat projects,” said Jessica Lee, DNR conservation grants coordinator. “It’s our hope that conservation groups and others will continue to plan projects in the months ahead so they can apply when funds are available again.”

The DNR’s CPL program provides grants ranging from $5,000 to $400,000 to conservation nonprofit organizations and governmental units to help fund projects to restore, enhance, or protect fish and wildlife habitat in Minnesota.

The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council recommended the grant program, which was developed by the 2009 Minnesota Legislature. Funding has been provided annually from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which is part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment and funded by a voter-approved statewide sales tax of three-eighths of 1 percent.

Round one included the traditional grant cycle, the new metro grant cycle, and the expedited grant cycle. The metro grant cycle will open for round two applications beginning Monday, Dec. 15. The expedited cycle is open continuously and will have up to five rounds depending on available funds. More information on the program’s grant cycles, and a complete list of the most recent grant applications and past awarded projects are at www.mndnr.gov/cpl.

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MN BHA Update

MN BHA Friends,

 

-Tickets are on sale for BHA’s 2015 North American Rendezvous in Spokane, Washington (March 6-9). Join us: https://www.facebook.com/events/373544282814461/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited

-Here’s a list of some of MN BHA’s 2014 accomplishments: http://www.backcountryhunters.org/index.php/state-chapters/minnesota-bha/mn-bha-newsletter/836-2014-accomplishments-for-mn-bha

 

-Canoe country/backcountry deer hunt photos from MN BHA member Jim Gerold (Nov. 14): https://plus.google.com/photos/105648454219896607754/albums/6081937291675798017?authkey=CKiBuJu6hZS-3wE#photos/105648454219896607754/albums/6081937291675798017?authkey=CKiBuJu6hZS-3wE

-Wisconsin deer kill lowest in 30 years: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/wisconsin-deer-kill-lowest-in-30-years-b99401459z1-284534621.html

-Dave Orrick: Swan song for registration stations in Wisconsin: http://www.twincities.com/outdoors/ci_26994017/dave-orrick-swan-song-registration-stations-wisconsin

-Big Bucks for Big Bucks: The Importance of the Whitetail Economy:

http://www.petersenshunting.com/deer/whitetail/big-bucks-big-bucks/

-Some thoughts on deer hunting: http://samcook.areavoices.com/2014/11/24/some-thoughts-on-the-deer-hunt-from-a-deer-hunter/

 

Additional updates on keeping public lands in public hands (and related issues):

-BHA Releases Public Lands Report (11/13/14) to Educate Sportsmen and Decision Makers on the Need to Keep Public Lands in Public Hands (“Our Public Lands: Not For Sale”): http://www.backcountryhunters.org/index.php/backcountry/current-news/825-our-public-lands-not-for-sale

-Eastmans’ Hunting Journals: Public Lands IN Public Hands Report:

http://www.eastmans.com/forum/showthread.php/9409-Public-Lands-IN-Public-Hands-Report?p=122915#post122915

-This Land is Your Land: Let’s keep the public in public lands: http://wyofile.com/guest-column/land-land-lets-keep-public-public-lands/

-Federal lands: Utah claims it can afford to manage property it does not and will not own:

http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20141202/OPINION01/141209911/-1/Opinion

-The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel: “Utah’s lost cause” http://www.gjsentinel.com/opinion/articles/utahs-lost-cause/

-Public lands in Utah (and elsewhere) better off kept in public hands: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/12/02/the-federal-government-controls-two-thirds-of-utah-and-its-better-that-way-public-lands-groups-say/

 

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

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

-The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) released the Summary Report on peer review of the Wild Rice Sulfate Standard Study, which affirms the validity of the science upholding the existing 10 milligram per liter limit as protective of natural wild rice: http://waterlegacy.org/sites/default/files/Regulation-Enforcement/WildRice/PeerReviewSummaryReport_Sulfate_WildRice_FINAL_9-25-14.pdf

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/08/18/3808258/mexico-sues-mine-for-acid-spill.html?sp=/99/602/

-Dice break a tie for a seat on the Cook County board: http://www.albertleatribune.com/2014/11/dice-break-a-tie-for-a-seat-on-the-cook-county-board/

-Third-party review of Red Chris mine tailings dam design finds concerns: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Third+party+review+Chris+mine+tailings+design+finds+concerns/10392164/story.html

 

-Register now for first-ever Minnesota Pheasant Summit: http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/280979182.html

-Tom Brokaw pays tribute to opening day of pheasant season: http://coloradooutdoorsmag.com/2014/11/25/tom-brokaw-pays-tribute-to-opening-day-of-pheasant-season/

-U.S. sportsmen support sage grouse protections, survey says: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/19/us-usa-environment-grouse-idUSKCN0J31QK20141119

 

-To boost national deer hunting numbers, ‘locavores’ recruited (includes quotes from New England BHA co-chair, Tovar Cerulli): http://www.twincities.com/nation/ci_26992663/boost-national-deer-hunting-numbers-locavores-recruited

-‘Wildavore’ program puts focus on adult hunting: http://www.rgj.com/story/life/2014/11/29/wildavore-program-puts-focus-adult-hunting/19637741/

 

-U.S. Senate passes $10 hike in federal duck stamp: http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27055149/u-s-senate-passes-10-hike-federal-duck

-What’s Good for the Goose: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-11-21/whats-good-for-the-goose

 

-10 little-known facts about President Theodore Roosevelt: http://news.yahoo.com/10-little-known-facts-president-theodore-roosevelt-100215101.html

-Collected Papers of Michael E. Soulé (“the father of conservation biology”): http://islandpress.org/collected-papers-michael-e-soul%C3%A9

-The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold, and Conservation:

http://moocs.wisc.edu/mooc/landethic/

-Some great wildlife footage/wilderness act history in this short video (“Wyoming’s Big Game Migrations and 50 Years of Wilderness”): http://vimeo.com/112181503

 

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

www.backcountryhunters.org

www.facebook.com/backcountryhabitat

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Job Announcement: Prairie Rivers Network Executive Director

Please find below a job opening for the Executive Director of Prairie Rivers Network (PRN), the state affiliate of National Wildlife Federation.

 

PRN is an outstanding and high functioning organization, based in Champaign, Illinois. Please share with your networks or any individuals who would be interested.

 

 

A full position announcement and instructions for applicants can be found at: http://prairierivers.org/about/job-openings/

 

 

Prairie Rivers Network

 

Prairie Rivers Network is Illinois’ advocate for clean water and healthy rivers and the state affiliate of National Wildlife Federation

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National Parks Coin Bill

All,

 

I wanted to share with you some exciting news. Last night the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act. Contained in the bill was Congressman Paulsen’s legislation to direct the Treasury Department to mint a series of coins honoring the 100th anniversary of the National Park System. The revenue raised from the sale of these coins will help the National Park Foundation fund programs in honor of the parks anniversary celebration in 2016. I know I have spoken with many of you about what the events planned and it sounds like it will be a really great celebration.

 

The bill now heads over to the Senate and we are very hopeful that this important legislation will finally get over the finish line.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can ever be of assistance.

 

Best,

Ryan

 

Ryan Huff

Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03)

Ryan.Huff@mail.house.gov

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