The DNR and Crow Wing County will host a public meeting on June 21 in Baxter to discuss motor vehicle use classification and route designation proposals for state forest lands in Crow Wing County.
The motor vehicle use classification provides the framework for managing public motor vehicles on forest lands. State forest lands are currently classified as managed, which means trails are open to motorized use unless posted closed. The proposal would classify the majority of state forest lands in Crow Wing County as limited, which means the land would be closed to motor vehicle use unless posted as open. About 15 percent of the state forest lands would be classified as closed under the proposal, which means off-highway vehicle use would not be allowed.
The meeting is scheduled for June 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Northland Arboretum in Baxter. A map of the proposed trail designations will be available. DNR and Crow Wing County land managers will present the proposals, respond to questions and accept comments.
To view proposals and maps, go to the DNR Web site at www.findthetrails.com. Written comments on the draft proposals will be accepted through July 6. Written comments, questions, or requests for copies of the planning documents should be sent to Jack Olson, Minnesota DNR, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classic is June 16
The seventh annual Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic is scheduled for June 16 on Lake Bemidji. Teams will compete for more than $60,000 in cash and prizes. Tournament hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Last year's event raised $40,000, and since the tournament began in 2001, the Walleye Classic has contributed over $200,000 to local organizations and charities.
First prize is $10,000, with other cash prizes awarded to the top 15 teams. For more information, contact Bob Fitzgerald at (218) 759-0596, email@example.com or visit www.kawalleyeclassic.com.
Cameras help bust illegal
ATV activity in WMA
A Kittson County District Court judge has found a man guilty of illegally operating an all-terrain vehicle in a state wildlife management area.
Using cameras in three WMAs in Kittson and Marshall counties, the DNR filmed Richard M. Bailey, 66, Mound, on two separate occasions illegally operating an ATV in the Beaches Lake Wildlife Management Area near Karlstad.
Bailey pled not guilty, citing entrapment, invasion of privacy and use of the camera unconstitutional. On April 20, Kittson County District Court Judge Donna Dixon ruled that the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the Bailey violated the ATV WMA law on June 27, 2006 and Aug. 7, 2006 and was found guilty of both counts.
Dixon also ruled that Bailey had no expectation of privacy under the laws of the state of Minnesota and the United States Constitution on land owned by the government, that the argument of entrapment also failed because the state did not induce or coerce the defendant to operate the ATV on the WMA, and that the argument regarding the unconstitutional use of the cameras also failed and was not relevant.
Bailey was ordered to pay $364 in fines, fees, and surcharges within 30 days.
Input sought on farmland
Public input on the future of deer populations in the state's farmland zone is being collected through an online survey posted on the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.
The survey is the final part of a statewide deer population goal-setting project that began in 2005. Last year the DNR collected comments on deer populations in the forested zone through a similar survey.
The DNR has worked with stakeholder teams to help set the future direction on deer populations. The teams represented such interests as deer hunters, landowners, businesses, counties and conservation/environmental groups.
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