■ Brainerd chapter of Elk foundation’s annual banquet is Jan. 26
The Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its 19th annual banquet Jan. 26 at the Breezy Point Resort and Conference Center.
The banquet will begin at 5 p.m. and feature a dinner and benefit auction.
Auction and raffle items include a Browning a-bolt White Gold Medallion in .300 Win Mag; a Remington Model 700 SPS in .338 Win Mag and corresponding hunt; special edition RMEF Dream Season DNA by PSE Archery and corresponding hunt; Remington 1911 stainless steel RMEF Edition in .45 ACP; and a vacation package at Driftwood Resort on Lake Kabetogama.
Also, upgrading to a sponsor or life membership provides a winner’s choice of Winchester Model 70 Ultimate Shadow Camo in .264 Win Mag or a $500 Cabela’s gift certificate. For every five upgrades another prize is added.
Those signing up for a life membership for $1,749 will receive a Henry Golden Boy .22 LR customized with name a life member number.
Those interested in joining can call Craig Habighorst at 763-229-1157.
■ Minnesota state forest nurseries announce seedling sale
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) state forest nurseries are gearing up for their spring seedling sale.
Millions of seedlings are available for the 2013 planting season, including 20 species of native bareroot trees and shrubs grown from seeds collected in Minnesota. Seedlings vary in size from 6 to 18 inches in height.
“Pines, spruces, oaks, maples, wildlife shrubs and much more are available with prices starting as low as 24 cents per piece,” said Craig VanSickle, nurseries supervisor.
The state forest nurseries are taking orders now for April and May pickup or delivery. A minimum of 500 seedlings must be ordered, which will cover approximately one acre of ground. Seedlings can be ordered by phone at 800-657-3767.
Visit the DNR’s website at www.mndnr.gov/forestry/nurseries for a list of available species and to download the tree seedling order form.
Seedlings can be used for reforestation, improving wildlife habitat, creating shelterbelts, developing green buffers to protect water quality and cleaning the air by removing carbon dioxide.
By law, seedlings purchased from Minnesota state forest nurseries may not be planted for ornamental purposes, resold, given away or removed with roots attached for a period of 10 years from the date of purchase and seedlings must be planted in Minnesota.
■ Snowmobile Safety
Awareness Week is Jan. 13-19
Gov. Mark Dayton with the support of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA) has proclaimed Jan. 13-19 as Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week in Minnesota.
More than 1,000 volunteer instructors teach DNR snowmobile safety courses across the state.
For more information on the dates and locations of these courses, visit the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/vehicle/snowmobile/index.html) or call 800-366-8917.
To legally ride a snowmobile in Minnesota, residents born after Dec. 31, 1976, need a valid snowmobile safety certificate.
DNR and MnUSA also remind snowmobilers of a few basic safety tips: Don’t drink alcohol; slow down; be prepared with first aid kit, flashlight, waterproof matches and a compass; stay alert; avoid traveling across bodies of water, but if you must never travel in single file on bodies of water; wear helmet, face shield and wear clothing in layers snug enough to avoid loose ends that can catch in machinery; watch the weather; never travel alone; and report accidents.
For a copy of DNR’s 2012-2013 Minnesota Snowmobile Safety Laws, Rules, and Regulations handbook, call 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367. It’s also available on DNR’s website at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/snowmobile/index.html.