In Tuesday's report by Pioneer Press outdoors writer Dave Orrick, Minnesota pheasant index up 33 percent, we read:
Next week, the DNR is expected to announced a pheasant action plan that is also a result of the summit and will likely include more suggestions for increasing the permanent acreage of natural grasslands in the state.
A friend sent us details of Monday's meeting, to which our reader had been invited as a participant in the 2015 Governor's Pheasant Opener in Blue Earth County:
From: Roemhildt, Scott (DNR) [address redacted]
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 9:13 AM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Governor at Nicollet Conservation Club on Monday, September 14, 2015
On behalf of Tom Landwehr, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources I have been asked to invite you to the Governor’s news conference next Monday, at the Nicollet Conservation Club. As a local landowner who is participating in the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, I encourage you to be part of this important event. Please RSVP to me if you are able to be there. Details on the event are below. Thanks. - Scott W. Roemhildt
Governor to present pheasant summit action plan in Mankato
WHAT: Gov. Mark Dayton and key administration officials will discuss an action plan designed to revitalize Minnesota’s pheasant hunting tradition and restore grassland habitat. Actions outlined in the plan grew out of citizen ideas offered during 2014’s Pheasant Summit in Marshall.
WHO: Gov. Mark Dayton
Tom Landwehr, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
John Jaschke, executive director, Board of Soil and Water Resources
Matt Holland, director of grant development, Minnesota Pheasants Forever
WHEN: 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14
WHERE: Nicollet Conservation Club, 46045 471st Lane, Nicollet, MN 56074, 507-232-3366. Take U.S. Highway 14 west out of Nicollet for approximately ½ mile. Turn right (north) on to 471st Lane/Township Road 173 and travel approximately 0.8 miles. The club is located at the end of the road.
Kevin Lines, Pheasant Action Plan Coordinator . . .
Our reader notes that Highway 14 is under construction, so those attending should plan accordingly. We've occasionally bird watched on Swan Lake near the club; bring your binoculars if you're inclined to watch for waterfowl and migrating birds.
Photo: Swan Lake, via Nicollet County website. While pheasants won't be wading in the lake, conservation efforts surrounding the large but shallow prairie lake provide prime habitat for pheasants and other wildlife.
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