DNR drops most plans to open recreational areas to more activities

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Minnesota DNR

DNR drops most plans to open recreational areas to more activities

August 20, 2014 Updated Aug 20, 2014 at 2:03 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Department of Natural Resources has decided not to implement most of its proposals to expand recreational activities such as hunting, trapping, and dog walking, at 10 of Minnesota's 159 scientific and natural areas (SNAs).

The DNR had proposed loosening restrictions at these designated wild areas, in hopes of boosting public support and funding for more land acquisitions.

Instead, based on the feedback, the DNR decided to make no changes to existing uses, with two exceptions:

-At Lake Alexander Woods in Morrison County, the DNR will allow deer hunting during the regular season.

-And at the end of Duluth's Park Point in the Pine Forest, dogs will be allowed but they must be on leashes.

Other proposals to allow boat access, swimming and berry picking, will be dropped due to lack of support.

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