Fisheries Public Input/Wildlife Public Input

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Please share your thoughts with the DNR on the projects below that are currently open for public input.

Please share your thoughts with the DNR on the projects below that are currently open for public input.

  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) produces management plans for many of the resources it manages, including the state’s ten-largest lakes. Mille Lacs Lake is the state’s second-largest lake entirely within Minnesota. When finalized, this plan will guide fisheries management on Mille Lacs Lake from 2021-2026. This plan’s goals, objectives and strategies will also help determine the allocation of staff and fiscal resources to protect and enhance the fish community. Please take this opportunity to review and provide your input on the draft plan, posted on the DNR's Mille Lacs Lake webpage. Following this public review period, the DNR will revise the plan to address input received, and release a final version of the plan.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you for your interest and time toward improving accessibility opportunities for those with disabilities on the state wildlife management area (WMA) system. Minnesota is blessed with over 1,440 WMAs covering nearly 1.3 million acres of habitat. WMAs are established to protect those lands and waters that have a high potential for wildlife production and other compatible recreational uses. They are the backbone of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife and population management efforts in Minnesota and are key to protecting our wildlife heritage and providing residents with opportunities for hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching.

    The DNR is committed to making WMAs accessible to all Minnesotans. The DNR, in coordination with numerous nonprofit organizations and volunteers, currently provides opportunities on WMAs for individuals with disabilities, including special hunts, accessible hunting stands, and wildlife viewing platforms. By MN Rule, WMAs are generally closed to motorized travel, but the DNR is committed to working to increase opportunities for individuals with mobility disabilities on WMAs throughout the state.

    We are interested in your input and ideas on how we can do a better job serving individuals with disabilities. This survey is intended to help the DNR and external partners develop a range of recommendations to increase accessibility opportunities on our state wildlife management areas. Your answers and ideas will be used to help prepare a report to the legislature.

    You may be asked to use your email to sign in to the Engage with DNR website. However, your survey response is anonymous. We will not use your email address for any other purposes. You can also submit your comments via phone voicemail or email.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.
    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on 2020 deer populations and observations using an online survey. The survey includes questions about experiences hunters had during the deer hunting season; issues related to damage deer might do to crops, landscaping or gardens; and other deer-related issues. This year the DNR will also ask for input on several proposed deer permit area boundary changes and will use the feedback to shape regulations for the 2021 hunting season. The survey is open through Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.
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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded. Thank you for your input. Please visit the DNR website for more input opportunities.

    The purpose of this public input questionnaire is to understand public preferences related to waterfowl regulations and season timing. Results from this questionnaire will be summarized and presented at a waterfowl town hall in March. Please visit the DNR website or contact Steve Cordts (steve.cordts@state.mn.us) with questions. 

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you for your interest in the Heron Lake management plan. Please fill out the following questionnaire to provide us with your feedback on the proposed general management objectives and specific management actions. We anticipate it will take 10 minutes. The purpose of this questionnaire is to help the DNR gauge the level of support from the public, lake users, and other stakeholders for the updated management plan. Your input will be balanced with other input from internal and external stakeholders in finalizing the plan. 

    Heron Lake has a long history of providing quality habitat for waterfowl, aquatic furbearers, and other wildlife common to southwest Minnesota. Heron Lake also has been known to support strong predator fish populations (e.g., northern pike, walleye, and yellow perch) by means of natural reproduction or supplemental stocking. However, fish and wildlife habitat within Heron Lake has deteriorated since the early 1940s due to intense agricultural practices, land use changes, and an increased abundance of rough fish (e.g., common carp, black bullheads). Heron Lake was designated as a Wildlife Lake in 1973 by the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in an effort to improve Heron Lake for waterfowl, furbearers, and other wildlife. Past management strategies have focused on managing water levels, controlling undesirable fish populations, and making enhancements within Heron Lake’s watershed. Previous management plans for Heron Lake were written in 1972, 1984, 1988, and 1998. The DNR has reevaluated the management strategies and objectives for Heron Lake and written an updated, comprehensive management plan that incorporates previous planning documents and nearly 50 years of in-lake management experience. A copy of the updated management plan for Heron Lake, as well as a summary of the plan, can be found on the Shallow Lake Program's webpage. The proposed management goal for this plan is to optimize aquatic plant growth to improve water clarity and enhance fish and wildlife habitat.

    You will use your email to sign in to the Engage with DNR website. However, your survey response is anonymous. We will not use your email address for any other purposes. You can also submit your comments via phone voicemail or email. 


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Page last updated: 28 December 2020, 09:43