Environment

Forest fire aftermath

Crews on Gunflint Trail clearing dead trees

 

 

The U.S. Forest Service is asking motorists to watch for crews and equipment clearing trees along the Gunflint Trail and side roads near Seagull Lake. 


Gypsy moth

North Shore to be focus of gypsy moth treatment again this year

Residents along Lake Superior’s north shore will once again see aircraft overhead as the state continues to battle against the tree-munching gypsy moth.


PolyMet hopes to set up shop in the old LTV taconite facility that closed in 2001.

U.S. EPA gives PolyMet mine proposal low marks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released an analysis of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine proposed for Minnesota’s Eastern Iron Range.  The agency says the mining operation would result in “unacceptable and long-term water quality impacts,” and should not proceed as proposed.


Ice fishing shelter removal dates approaching

Ice fishing shelter removal dates approaching

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural resources, it’s time to think about removing ice fishing shelters from inland lakes.


Former iron mine near Eveleth, MN

“Safe Mines” bill introduced in Minnesota legislature

A bill to strengthen Minnesota mining laws was recently introduced in the state legislature.
 


The Cedar Grove Business Park in Grand Marais, photo by Carah Thomas

Living on the Edge: Part 11

One way communities often try and grow their local economy is through business development. It was in this spirit that the county and city first started talking about developing a business park.


Remote Minnesota Lake

MPCA study finds chemical pollution in remote Minnesota lakes

In the last decade, studies have revealed that endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDC’s, are present in virtually every watershed in the United States.  There is growing concern that eve


Moose

Collared moose in county needed to be recaptured

Helicopter crews had to recapture eight moose last week on the Grand Portage Reservation because their satellite collars weren’t transmitting data properly.


A marten takes a peek over the snow

The winter world beneath our feet

While most of us are skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing on top of the snow, there’s a whole world of activity under our feet. This is the subnivean environment.


A Barred Owl

Hooo’s hooting? It’s owl courtship season

If you’re out in the woods these days you may be hearing the sounds of courtship. At least two species of owl are getting romantic for the Valentine season.