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Help plan for the future of Whitewater WMA

March 26, 2017 GMT

ST. CHARLES — Two open houses to gather input on management plans for the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area will be April 4 at the St. Charles City Hall, 830 Whitewater Ave., St. Charles.

They will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with formal overview presentations at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is updating the plan that guides how the area will be managed to provide good habitat for a wide range of species, such as deer, turkeys and squirrels, as well as quality hunting opportunities for the public. The management plan for the 28,000-acre unit between Elba and Weaver was last updated in 1977.

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“A lot has changed in the past 40 years, from a warming climate to the arrival of new invasive species,” said Don Nelson, DNR’s manager at Whitewater. “We want to make sure our plans for managing this resource are up-to-date and consistent with current conditions and sound science.”

At the open house, the public can talk with resource staff that will be available to discuss a number of topics, including management of lands, waters and wildlife habitats, public use needs, non-consumptive uses such as birding and the threat of invasive species.

People are encouraged to provide input in person at the meeting. Comments also can be sent by email to Don.R.Nelson@state.mn.us, or by regular mail to Whitewater WMA, 15035 Hwy. 74, Altura, MN 55910.

Fly fishing film

Hiawatha Trout Unlimited is hosting a showing of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival for its spring fundraiser April 8 at 125 Live, 125 Elton Hills Dr. NW.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The film will begin at 6:30 and be done by 9 p.m. There will also be raffles and door prizes.

Film details are at www.flyfilmfest.com.

Tickets, which are $15, can be purchased at www.showclix.com/event/ROCHESTERMN2017.

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