Feds Temporarily Douse Fire Policy

In a temporary change in wildland firefighting policy, the U.S. Forest Service announced recently that it would now attempt to suppress all wilderness fires in an effort to conserve resources.

Voyageurs’ Eagle Nesting Areas Re-Opened

Four developed campsites and one undeveloped area in Voyageurs National Park that were off-limits due to bald eagles nesting have been re-opened, the Park announced recently.

DNR Commissioner Talks Wolf Hunting

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr recently explained some of the rationale behind Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunt.

Supreme Court Ruling Sought for Cell Tower

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness has petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling on a cell tower to be constructed near the BWCAW.

DNR Details First Minnesota Wolf Hunt

The Minnesota DNR released the details yesterday for the state’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season to be held later this year.

St. Louis County Mulls Deer Stand Options

St. Louis County commissioners and land managers are considering options to stop deer hunters from building elaborate stands and clearing trees on county land.

Review Backs Pagami Creek Fire Decisions

An internal U. S. Forest Service review of management of the Pagami Creek Fire supports the decision-making and actions of officials charged with fighting the 93,000-acre blaze.

Appeals Court Overturns Cell-Tower Ruling

The Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling barring construction of a 450-foot cell-tower atop a 150-foot ridge at the edge of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.

Spruce Road Copper Estimate Doubles

The world’s largest untapped copper deposit just got bigger. Twin Metals, Inc. now estimates its resource near Ely holds more than 8-billion pounds of copper.

Comments Sought on Lutsen Water Project

The Minnesota DNR is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment worksheet for a project to bring water from Lake Superior to Lutsen Mountain and other customers.

State Mineral Exploration Leases Approved

The Minnesota Executive Committee agreed to permit exploration for minerals on state lands and privately held land where the state owns the minerals rights.

BWCAW Campfire Ban Lifted

Superior National Forest officials lifted a ban on campfires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness today.

Highway 1 Fire 100% Contained

A wildfire that threatened Ely, Minnesota on Thursday is 90% contained according to officials fighting the 175-acre blaze.

Ely Threatened by Wildfire

A wildfire apparently caused by a downed power-line threatened Ely, Minnesota on Thursday, prompting the voluntary evacuation of more than 200 residents.

Court Upholds State’s Sulfate Rules

A Ramsey County Court judge upheld Minnesota’s restrictions on sulfate pollution in waters that host wild rice plants, denying a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce challenge that the rules were vague and arbitrarily applied.