Around Cook County
Water levels in Lake Superior have been going down. There is less ice on the lake then there used to be and water temperatures are increasing at twice the rate of air temperatures. We still don't fully understand what climate change means for the Lake Superior basin, but we're starting to find out.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has lifted campfire restrictions in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The Forest Service says continued precipitation over most of the Superior National Forest means the restrictions are no longer needed. Campfires will be allowed any time of the day in all areas of the Boundary Waters.
The agency has also declared a forest fire near Ely controlled. The forest fire was ignited by a fallen power line May 17. Fire equipment and hoses have been removed from the area.
In light of continued precipitation over most of the Superior National Forest, the Forest Service is lifting campfire restrictions in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
As of 7:00 am Wednesday, May 23, 2012, campfires will be allowed any time of day in all areas of the BWCAW.
Forest visitors are urged to be careful with campfires. Please use designated fire rings when available and make sure all fires are completely extinguished before leaving.
For updates regarding conditions on the Superior National Forest, see the Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/superior
The H.O.B.B.I.T.s (Hearth Oven Building, Bread Baking Initiative Team) are off and running with development of a proposal for local businesses and grants.
An oven building class will be held at Birch Grove Sept. 9-13 with a grand opening on Sept. 29. The class cost is $425, but we have written a grant for local scholarships which may bring the cost down to $250.
In preparation for the oven building, on May 24 there will be a brainstorming session regarding community use of the oven and related activities/classes at Birch Grove from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Contact Patty Nordahl at Birch Grove Community Center by email email@example.com, call 663-7977, or mail at PO Box 2242 Tofte MN 55615 for a survey or more information.
The Community Center Steering Committee will meet again from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 23 at the Jane Mianowski Conference Center. The committee will be required to get the county board’s approval at each step in the process as plans are developed and the work is begun. They will also be seeking public input along the way.
Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season will be conducted this fall and winter. The DNR is proposing to split the season into two parts: an early wolf hunting season coinciding with firearms deer hunting; and a late wolf hunting and trapping season after the firearms deer season for those with a specific interest in wolf hunting and trapping.
The early hunting only season will be open only in the northern portions of Minnesota where rifles are allowed for deer hunting. It will start on Saturday, Nov. 3, the opening day of firearms deer hunting. It will close either at the end of the respective firearms seasons in the two northern deer zones (Nov. 18 in Zone 1 or Nov. 11 in Zone 2), or when a registered target harvest quota of 200 is reached, whichever comes sooner.
According to Wildlife Program manager Steve Merchant, wolf kills must be registered almost immediately after taken.
“Persons will have to register the wolves that they take by the end of the day following the day of harvest. We will have a mechanism that will keep track of those registrations. It’s an electronic system where people can register their wolves by either taking them in to an ELS agent or use the telephone or online. As those people register those animals, it’s reported and communicated to us, so that’s how we will know.”
The late hunting and trapping season will begin Saturday, Nov. 24. It will close Jan. 6, 2013, or when a registered total target harvest quota of 400 in both seasons combined is reached, whichever comes sooner. The late season will be open statewide.
A total of 6,000 licenses will be offered, with 3,600 available in the early season and 2,400 in the late season. The target harvest quota will be 400 wolves for both seasons combined, and will initially be allocated equally between the early and the late seasons.
Tribal government may elect to hold their own wolf seasons, and Merchant said the DNR is consulting with them.
“We’re having continued conversation with tribes. I am unaware at this time of any tribes who have elected to hunt wolves, but they certainly may.”
Wolf hunting licenses will be $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents. Wolf trapping licenses will be $30 and limited to residents only. A lottery will be held to select license recipients. The bag limit is one wolf per licensee.