kids timberland jackets DNR seeks comments on Grand Marais area lake and stream management plans

timberland clearance DNR seeks comments on Grand Marais area lake and stream management plans

Management plans for Grand Marais area lakes and streams some within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) will undergo annual review this winter, and citizens can ask questions or submit comments on the draft plans.

“These plans identify specific management activities planned for a lake or stream in the next five to 20 years. Feedback from people interested in these waters is crucial when it comes to making the plans and determining management success,” said Steve Persons, Grand Marais area fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

There are two comment periods. Comments on lakes within the BWCA will be accepted until Tuesday, Dec. 15. For lakes and streams outside the BWCA, the comment period will extend through Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.

The status and preservation of native lake trout populations will be the primary concern in plans being revised for Crooked, Fay, Fern, French, Gillis, Howard, Long Island, Moose, Partridge, Powell, Tuscarora and West Fern lakes. These lakes are all located inside the BWCA.

Stream trout stocking strategies will be the focus of plans for Bench, Bingshick, Unnamed (Little Portage) and Trip lakes. Options to consider include changes in species, stocking frequency, number stocked and size of fish stocked. Bench and Bingshick lakes are located within the BWCA.

The plan for Saganaga Lake will be updated to review walleye stocking to date, incorporate the evaluation plan for the new walleye regulation, and review the status of walleye, lake trout, northern pike and smallmouth bass populations. Saganaga Lake is a BWCA water.

Management of northern pike fisheries will be addressed in plan revisions for Logger, Ruby and Rudy lakes.

The plan for Mistletoe Lake will be revised to incorporate new survey results and address walleye and northern pike management strategies.

Prune Lake is an unusual lake supporting a population of small black crappie and nothing else. Options for preserving or improving this unique fishery will be considered.

Squash Lake is managed as a trophy trout, catch and release only lake. In this revision, the review will address poor rainbow trout stocking success, and consider options to discontinue the special regulations on the lake or discontinue stream trout management entirely.

Additionally, plans for several other BWCA lakes in the area, including Gordon, Hub, Jimmy, Long, Lux, Mulligan, North Cone and Stump will be reviewed. Those plans will be revised primarily to establish survey schedules on those lakes for the next few years.

The plan for Flute Reed River an important steelhead stream will focus on habitat and water quality, hydrology and watershed issues.

The plan for Tait River a natural brook trout stream (in its lower reaches) will incorporate results of a 2015 survey, and will likely focus on habitat protection, water quality and watershed issues.

Even though there are set comment periods, comments, suggestions and other feedback on the management of these and all other streams and lakes in the area are welcomed at any time, and will be considered when those plans are next due for review.
kids timberland jackets DNR seeks comments on Grand Marais area lake and stream management plans

kids timberland jackets Body of lost hiker found in North Shore backcountry

timberland city adventure Body of lost hiker found in North Shore backcountry

“It’s sad news and our condolences go out to his family,” said Doug Pope, North Shore Rescue search manager.

Jin’s parents reported him missing to Vancouver police on Jan. 3. The last they had heard from him was a text message on Dec. 31 saying he was going for a hike. It wasn’t until police searched his computer and found that he had been researching North Shore backcountry hikes that North Shore Rescue became involved on Jan. 5.

“We were well behind the Eight Ball by then. Five days out in the wilderness in a cold, snowy environment doesn’t leave us a lot of chance of getting a good outcome,” Pope said. “Likely he had already passed away by the time we started looking for him.”

The coroner is still investigating the exact cause of death but Pope said it was likely due to exposure. It appears Jin crawled under a boulder to seek shelter, Pope said.

The search effort for Jin lasted weeks and at one point, North Shore Rescue members were called in to save two friends of the Jin family who had continued the search on their own in dangerous conditions, against the advice of team leader Mike Danks. Jin’s body was about 300 metres southwest of the team’s helipad near Crown Pass, well north of Grouse Mountain.

“We had dogs in there. We were very close to that location. It just shows the difficulty in trying to locate an unresponsive subject in winter conditions and not visible from the air,” Pope said.

While the team is primarily sad for Jin’s family, North Shore Rescue members also take these losses personally as well,
kids timberland jackets Body of lost hiker found in North Shore backcountry
Pope said. Team members put in about 300 volunteer hours in the search.

“You can’t help but think ‘What could we have done better to help find him and get that closure for the family?’ but, I think we did our very best and every member should be proud at the effort we put in,” he said,

Jin’s disappearance was eerily similar to that of Tom Billings, the British tourist who was last seen headed for Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in Nov. 2013. That also triggered a massive search. North Shore Rescue has been in touch with his family.

“They were going to hear things in media about something going on so we kept in contact with them as well,” he said.

While there are thankfully very few fatalities in the backcountry, this one serves as a sad reminder about the risk of going into the backcountry unprepared, Pope said.

Rescuers would have had a fighting chance had Jin left his exact plans and expected time of return with his family, allowing the effort to get under way much sooner, Pope said. And, even though there is little or no cell phone coverage in that area,
kids timberland jackets Body of lost hiker found in North Shore backcountry
satellite beacons and VHF radios can be used to call for help.