Feb. 17 Outdoor Notes | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

Feb. 17 Outdoor Notes

Posted: February 15, 2013 - 10:29pm

■ Deep Portage announces summer camps

HACKENSACK — Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack recently announced its summer camps for 2013.

• Forkhorn I Deer Hunting Camp: Ages 11-16. Four sessions — June 9-14, June 16-21, July 21-26 (all girls) and Aug. 4-9. Includes DNR firearms safety training. Sponsored by Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Cost is $400.

• Forkhorn II Deer Hunting Camp: Ages 12-16. Two sessions — June 16-21 and July 7-12. Includes DNR bowhunter education training. Sponsored by Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Cost is $400.

• Forkhorn III Deer Hunting Camp: Ages 13-16. One session, July 28-Aug. 2. Includes DNR advanced hunter education training. Sponsored by Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Cost is $400.

• Mini Camp: Ages 9-16, July 1-3. Cost is $200.

• Fishing Camp: Ages 12-16, July 1-3. Cost is $200.

• Young Women in Science Camp: Ages 12-16, July 21-26. Sponsored by the Ruffed Grouse Society and Pheasants Forever. Cost is $400.

• Izaak Walton League Camp: Ages 9-16, July 28-Aug. 2. Cost is $400 per camper or $700 per grandparents/grandchild or parent/child.

For additional information and registration materials call 218-682-2325, email portage@uslink.net or visit www.deep-portage.org.

■ State receives donation of forest

land from The Nature Conservancy

LONGVILLE — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently accepted a donation of 2,751 acres of land in Cass County from The Nature Conservancy.

The property is adjacent to more than 200,000 acres of land owned by the county, the DNR and the U.S. Forest Service. Consolidating publicly owned forest land helps conserve wildlife habitat and access for outdoor recreation.

The donated property is in eastern part of the county close to Longville. The acquisition will help maintain a large block of habitat for white-tailed deer, black bear, timber wolf and ruffed grouse.

The property contains mixed forests of pine, hardwoods, small ponds and wetlands and more than 3,000 feet of shoreline on Camp Lake. More than half of the property is within the Leech Lake watershed. The land includes more than five miles of grant-in-aid snowmobile trails. The donation will bring about more opportunities for hunting, fishing and paddling along undeveloped shoreline, hiking, bird watching and other activities.

“This land donation will be managed as working forest that provides for timber production, wildlife habitat and recreational activities,” said Forrest Boe, DNR Forestry Division director.

The Potlatch Corp. previously owned and managed the property and The Nature Conservancy acquired it in May.

The nonprofit acquired the property with $3.1 million in private money raised as part of the Minnesota Forest Legacy Partnership, a coalition that includes business and conservation groups, along with the DNR. The groups have worked together to conserve more than 338,000 acres of industrial forest land to provide wildlife habitat, protect jobs and ensure public access for outdoor recreation.

The Conservancy, which has helped protect more than 672,000 acres in Minnesota since 1958, is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations and helps protect lands and waters throughout the United States and in more than 30 countries.

“Protecting the Camp Lake property was a priority of ours because of its connection to Leech Lake and the Brainerd lakes area,” said Peggy Ladner, director of The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota. “What we do on the land has an impact on the health of our waters.”

The DNR and Cass County are exploring the possibility of a land exchange involving this property in the future. Selected Cass County-administered forest lands would be exchanged for these new parcels, a strategic move that would improve forest management for both agencies.

“Moving this land into public ownership is the first win for the public,” said Joshua Stevenson, Cass County land commissioner. “A land exchange to consolidate ownership and increase efficiencies for the state of Minnesota and Cass County is the second win for the public.”

Lori Dowling-Hanson, DNR Northwest regional director, agreed, “This is a good example of DNR’s commitment to work with counties on more progressive and efficient management of public lands.”

The Camp Lake project came together through the efforts and support of Cass County, The Nature Conservancy and DNR to work together to ensure permanent public access and sustainable forest management on these lands, Boe said.

■ BAELN offers underwater

photography presentation

Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network will present “Underwater photography — the world below” from 3-4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency office at 7678 College Road, suite 105 in Baxter.

The presentation is free and open to anyone.

Bill Lindner and Mike Hehner speak about their experiences in underwater photography and bringing the underwater world to life. For novices, they’ll share information on getting started in underwater photography for a reasonable cost. For biologists, resource managers and other environmental professionals, Lindner and Hehner will offer how you can use photography to help draw a broader audience to your work or issue.

Questions concerning this presentation are directed to Marc Bacigalupi at 833-8636 or marc.bacigalupi@state.mn.us.

The Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network (BAELN) offers environmental professionals and community members free professional development and timely information on environmental and sustainability issues. BAELN is a collaborative effort of: Central Lakes College, Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, Envision Minnesota, Initiative Foundation, MN Department of Natural Resources, MN Department of Transportation, MN Pollution Control Agency, The Nature Conservancy, and University of Minnesota Extension.

If you would like to be on the BAELN email list or for general information on BAELN, please contact Stephen Mikkelson at 218-316-3887, toll free at 800-657-3864 or stephen.mikkelson@state.mn.us

■ Muskies Inc. to host lure swap March 10

The Brainerd Lakes Chapter of Muskies Inc. is hosting a lure/tackle swap from 1-5 p.m. March 10 at Cragun’s Resort.

The swap is open to the public and has areas/tables available for rent ($20/table, up to two people/table if desired) for people to set up a booth to buy, sell or trade their fishing lures and/or tackle. All fishing equipment is welcomed to display. Also, since the swap is taking place at poolside at Cragun’s, there will be a poolside demo with some new muskie lures for 2013.

The swap is a great way for people to get together and buy, sell and trade their lures/tackle that they have too much of or just want to get rid of items. It’s also a great time to pick up some items at some great prices. Also, the swap is being opened up to new lure/tackle manufacturers and it’s open to all tackle for any fishing species.

For more information on the event or to reserve a table contact Jeff Young of Brainerd Muskies Inc. at 821-3669 or jyoung@brainerd.net.