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Minnesota briefs: Logging rights near Ely get no bids

Concern over the potential logging of a tract of state forest near the North Arm of Burntside Lake was expressed at the August 6, 2017 Annual Meeting of the Burntside Lake Association. At that meeting, President Ward Nelson committed to continue to keep members informed about developments on this issue. The following public announcement from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was made on January 20, 2018 and is the latest update:

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County Board gives preliminary approval to seven projects to combat Aquatic Invasive Species


January 23, 2018CONTACT: Barbara HaydenPlanning & Economic Development Director218-725-5008County Board gives preliminary approval to seven projects to combat Aquatic Invasive SpeciesSt. Louis County Commissioners have given initial approval to the distribution of $727,750 of state funds for projects that will prevent the introduction or limit the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in lakes and rivers in St. Louis County. Seven projects were selected following review by the County's Planning and Community Development Department based on what best fits with the County's AIS plan.Some of the projects are new. Others are a continuation of work done in previous years. Final approval is expected to come at the County Board meeting on February 6, but during today's Committee of the Whole meeting, commissioners unanimously approved funding  the following:

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December 9, 2017 is the official "Ice On" date for 2017.

Burntside Lake Association President,  Ward Nelson, announces December 9, 2017 as this year's official "Ice On" date as proclaimed by Jay Mackie.  Jay Mackie is the esteemed Burntside Lake authority who proclaims "Ice On" and "Ice Out" dates.  The condition of the lake is monitored by Jay (and his friends) and he officially proclaims the official date.  While others may argue, his judgment is considered final.  Jay was one of the Founders of The Burntside Property Owners' Association founded in 1976 which was renamed The Burntside Lake Association in 2014.

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AIS Prevention Teams in Three Counties Begin Joint Project to Support Resort Businesses

LAKE VERMILION and BURNTSIDE LAKE — Aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention teams in Itasca, Cass and St Louis Counties are joining forces to pilot innovative ideas to help resort, lodge, campground and marina owners protect their lakes. This two-year project will focus on increasing boat inspections and early-detection activities and on supporting stewardship at these lake businesses.

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Lake Vermilion AIS Team Kicks Off Project to Improve Watercraft Inspection Efficiency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 23, 2017CONTACT: Jeff Lovgren, AIS Program LeaderVermilion Lake This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  218-753-2413

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In Northern Minnesota, Two Economies Square Off

The link below is to an article entitled "In Northern Minnesota, Two Economies Square Off:  Mining vs Wilderness" by Reid Forgrave.  It was published on October 12, 2017 in The New York Times Magazine.  It speaks for itself and has caused considerable discussion nationwide and in the greater Ely Community. 

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North Arm Timber Harvest

At the August 6, 2017 Burntside Lake Association Annual Meeting there was considerable discussion concerning a proposed Timber Harvest on the North Arm of Burntside Lake where there are hiking and cross country ski trails on land owned by the State of Minnesota.  The proposed plan is under the control of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  A public meeting was held at Camp DuNord on July 22, 2017 and the public comment period ended August 1, 2017.  Burntside Lake Association President, Ward Nelson, and Board Member, Scott Olson, met with Dana Frame, the Tower Area Forest Supervisor on September 8, 2017 to discuss the situation and register concern expressed at our Annual Meeting. On September 27, 2017 the Department of Natural Resources published a "Summary of Public Comments" received and announced their decision involving the proposed timber Harvest.  The attached public announcements speak for themselves. 

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Burntside Lake Association Makes Donations In 2017

For Your Interest:  The following article appeared in the October 21, 2017 Issue of The Ely Echo.

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Ely Area Broadband Online Survey

For your information and recommended action: Deadline is November 10, 2017

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Summary of 2016 Burntside Lake Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Plan

In early 2016, the Burntside Lake Association was granted $189,000 to implement a plan to prevent the spread of AIS into (and out of) Burntside Lake and to raise awareness and understanding of AIS issues in the Ely area.  Our principal goals and results of our activities are summarized below. 

Expand launch site inspection and education programs at the Van Vac Road and other public landings on Burntside. Performed 2,193 boat inspections on Burntside. Inspectors educated boaters about the importance of AIS prevention and handed out information, bobbers, key floats, etc., as reminders.   Provide free boat-cleaning facilities for boaters going in and out of Burntside and other Ely-area lakes.  Completed 132 boat cleanings at Van Vac landing and at the Ely Chamber.    Improve public awareness and education on Burntside Lake and throughout the Ely area focusing on boaters who intend to launch their boats on any of the Ely-area lakes. Distributed brochures, posters and “Clean, Drain, Dry” bobbers, coasters and key floats to nearly every retail establishment in downtown Ely. With the great assistance of the Ely Chamber, we distributed similar materials to about 50 Chamber-member resorts around Ely. Posted “Clean, Drain, Dry” banners along Sheridan Street to expand awareness. Sent all Burntside property owners information on how to prevent the spread of AIS. Redesigned the Burntside Lake website to include educational materials and other information about how to keep AIS out of Burntside. Ran weekly ads in the Ely Angler to let residents and visitors know where they could clean their boats.   Build partnerships throughout the Ely area to expand our reach in spreading the word about the importance of AIS prevention. Formed the Ely Area Invasive Teams (EAIT) to help expand (AIS) awareness and education beyond Burntside.  To date, this group includes members from the BLA, White Iron Chain of Lakes, Eagles Nest Township Lake Association, Shagawa Lake, Bear Island Lake, Vermilion Lake Association, Ely Field Naturalists, 1854 Treaty Authority, North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Minnesota Statewide AIS Advisory Committee, and Ely Community Resource. Provided a Wildlife Enforcement internship to a student at VCC. Supported three projects through Ely Community Resource and their ECO Club: Rusty crayfish tracking and trapping on the Burntside River. AIS education material and boat cleaning demonstration during the ECO Club’s summer camp. Spiny waterflea sampling and measurement on Burntside Lake. Participation in the “Invaders Summit” in St. Cloud.   Build early detection capabilities. Completed calcium testing on Burntside prior to our grant being awarded.  (Good news:  low calcium means unattractive habitat for zebra mussels!) Completed a lake survey by RMB Environmental Laboratories identifying plants present in Burntside.  No invasive plant species identified. 15 members of the BLA AIS Task Force and the EAIT competed the St. Louis River Alliance Sentry Program to help local residents begin to learn how to monitor the lake and identify any potential invasive species to facilitate early action.   Spent only about 73% ($137,000) of the grant awarded and will be permitted to use the remaining funds in 2017.

Burntside Lake AIS Prevention/Education Funding Approved for 2017


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Starry stonewort infestation confirmed in Turtle Lake near Bemidji

Note: The following press release has been reposted from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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2016 Burntside Lake Vegetation Report

We recently added the 2016 Burntside Lake Vegetation Report to our resource documents are of our site. Please click on the link below to view the downloadable PDF report.

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Foss Lake Fire Follow Up Information

The Burntside Lake Association is now using an Email system hosted locally which will be used to send to send this message and occasional announcements and other messages of importance.  This system was in the process of being set up just as the Foss Lake controlled burn escaped to the north on May 19th and expanded into roughly 1000 acres just west of Burntside and South of Crab Lake. The fire zone continues to be monitored.  The Crab Lake portage which had been closed, is reopened now.

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