DNR Seeks Comments on Two Lake Vegetation Management Plans in Duluth Area

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comments until June 13 on lake vegetation management plans for Caribou and Nichols lakes, which are located near Duluth in St. Louis County.

The draft plans and comment forms are available on the DNR Web site at: http://www.mndnr.gov/areas/fisheries/duluth/reports.html

Draft plans are also available for review at the DNR Area Fisheries Office in Duluth from8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. People can receive a copy of the plans in the mail by calling (218) 525-0853, ext. 200. Comments should be sent to Nick Frohnauer; DNR Fisheries; 5351 North Shore Drive; Duluth MN 55804 or e-mailed to nick [dot] frohnauer [at] dnr [dot] state [dot] mn [dot] us.

Lake vegetation management plans describe current and historical conditions of the lake. The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake in the next five years. Those activities include shoreline owner aquatic plant management standards, lake commons area aquatic plant management, and measures to help reduce nutrient inputs.

Minnesota has seen an increase in the number of aquatic plant management permits in the last 10 years. Aquatic plant management permits give a shoreland owner permission to remove certain aquatic plants. DNR Fisheries in Duluth has developed lake vegetation management plans for lakes with associations that do intensive plant management.