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OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: DNR seeks comments on environmental assessment worksheet for Star of the North Trail in Beltrami forest, Ellis-Felege honored as Student Chapter Adviser of the Year by the Wildlife Society etc.

The Robert "Bob" Glassmann track is one of the Star of the North Trail segments that already is complete. The DNR is taking comments on an environmental assessment worksheet for proposed additional segments to the Star of the North Trail in Beltrami Island State Forest. (Photo/ Lake of the Woods Chapter of the Rufed Grouse Society)

DNR seeks Beltrami trail comments

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on an environmental assessment worksheet now available for a proposed hunter walking trail in Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties.

The DNR is proposing construction and designation of the Star of the North Walking Trail in Beltrami Island State Forest. The project would link about 29½ miles of existing routes with 27½ miles of new trail development to create a 57-mile loop system of signed and maintained natural surface walking trail corridor.

The Lake of the Woods Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society is a partner in the project and is scouting proposed trail areas, physically developing the trail after DNR review and posting gates and signs at access points.

Parts of the trail already have been dedicated and signed.

Hunter walking trails provide comparatively easy access to grouse and woodcock areas in Minnesota's primary grouse range. These trails wind their way through wildlife management areas, connecting with some state forests and other public hunting lands.

The DNR will take comments during a 30-day public review period that began Monday, Jan. 1 and continues until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31.

A copy of the EAW is available online on the DNR's Star of the North Walking Trail page at mndnr.gov/input/environmentalreview/star-north-trail/index.html.

Electronic or email comments may be sent to environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us with "Star of the North Trail EAW" in the subject line. If submitting comments electronically, include name and mailing address. Written comments also may be sent by fax to (651) 296-1811. Names and addresses will be published as part of the EAW record.

-- Minnesota DNR

Did you know?

• Susan Ellis-Felege, UND associate professor of wildlife ecology and management, received the Student Chapter Adviser of the Year Award in September during the Wildlife Society's annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Felege is adviser of the UND Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society. The UND Chapter is a member of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of the Wildlife Society.

• The Cabela's National Walleye Tour will return to Devils Lake on July 26-27 for a qualifying tournament. The circuit's championship is set for Sept. 5-7 on Lake of the Woods near Baudette, Minn. Other events on the circuit are scheduled for May 10-11 on the Mississippi River near Red Wing, Minn., and June 14-15 on Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron in Bay City, Mich. Info: nationalwalleyetour.com.

-- compiled by Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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