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:



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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Minnesota’s snowmobile trails open Dec. 1

Despite the recent snowfall throughout much of Minnesota, snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1; however, several conditions must be met before trails open and are ready for travel:

  • Ground must be frozen allowing for crossings in wet areas.
  • Trails must have adequate snow cover – about 12 inches – on the ground to allow for trail packing and grooming.
  • Landowner permits that allow trails on private land must be in place.
  • Trails must be cleared of dead fall, signs need to be in place and gates need to be opened.

The vast majority of the state’s 22,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trail system exists on private property with written permission from the landowner. The permission allows snowmobile use only from Dec. 1 through March 31.

When the trails open, the DNR urges early season riders to use caution. Early season trails may have fallen trees or other debris across the trails, unfrozen areas, rocks or ruts, or standing crops and closed gates.

In preparation for Dec. 1, the DNR reminds riders to verify their snowmobile registration is current. Information on registration as well as snowmobile trail maps and snowmobile safety course information are at or by contacting the DNR Information Center at or 651-296-6157, 888-646-6367, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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DNR seeks applications for OHV grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications for grants to support off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail projects and new trail proposals.

Application forms for projects on existing trails are due to a Parks and Trails area supervisor’s office each year by Nov. 30. New trail proposals are accepted throughout the year.

First authorized in 1984, Minnesota’s OHV trails assistance program is a cost-share program intended to help develop and maintain trails for use by all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) and off-road vehicles (ORVs).

Known as the OHV grant-in-aid (GIA) program, it helps to establish and maintain recreational trails at the initiative of clubs and other organizations, with the support and participation of local government sponsors.

Organizations can apply for GIA funds through counties, cities or townships. All aspects of OHV trail development and maintenance are eligible for funding, including project administration, site planning, trail improvements, land acquisition for trail development, and trail maintenance. Proposals with a focus on maintaining or improving existing trails and trail systems will be assigned a higher priority.

Program and application information is available online at or by contacting the DNR Information Center at or 651-296-6157, 888-646-6367, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Give to the Max Day-November 13th

Tomorrow is Give to the MAX day!  You can Give on the Go. Wear green and ride the rails on their morning commute. We’ll be in downtown Minneapolis from 6:00 – 9:00 a.m. along Nicollet Mall and in the skyways giving away breakfast snacks and hot beverages on November 13. A few random, lucky commuters wearing green will receive GiveMN giving cards and Metro Transit Go-To passes. And thanks to Metro Transit, anyone visiting on November 13 will be able to print a pass that is good for a free ride home on any form of transit (except Northstar)!

Download the free pass at

Or you can go to to make a donation to the Minnesota Conservation Federation!

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Hunters register 54,000 deer during first weekend

Minnesota hunters registered 54,000 deer during the first three days of firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Final numbers from the weekend show that the number of deer registered dropped 30,000 from 2013. So far this year, including special hunts and the archery season, hunters have harvested 67,000 deer, down from the 2013 to-date harvest total of 100,000.

“Comparing this year’s harvest to harvests in previous years doesn’t necessarily reflect hunter opportunity or the number of deer on the landscape in 2014,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. This year’s lower harvest is by design because regulations were implemented to place more deer – particularly does – off limits to increase Minnesota’s deer population.

The DNR’s ongoing deer management work also includes upcoming revisions to the deer population goals for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota. This is part of a multi-year goal-setting process for the entire state. People interested in helping set these deer population goals can get more information on the process and opportunities for involvement at

In much of Minnesota, the deer season continues through Sunday, Nov. 16. Additional deer will be harvested during the northern rifle zone season, which continues through Sunday, Nov. 23; the late southeastern season, which runs Saturday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 30; and the muzzleloader season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 29, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 14.

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MN Hunting and Fishing History limited edition release

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St. Peter Congress Story

FYI, a couple articles ran on the 2nd Congress and we also got some TV coverage.  A summary should be completed shortly and I will forward that as well as see that it is posted.  There will most likely be an article coming in the Agri-News as well.

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A sea of blaze orange in Bemidji

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