Two separate sessions Thursday and Friday in Walker.

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Northwest Region will host the Northwest Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Symposium on Thursday Jan. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chase on the Lake Hotel and Conference Center, 502 Cleveland Blvd. in Walker.

    The symposium is intended to emphasize and strengthen the role of partnerships in managing aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the northwest region of the state. It will begin with an open house Thursday with DNR’s Northwest Region leadership to discuss DNR’s efforts in prevention, management, public information and outreach surrounding AIS management.

    “Our intent is to discuss the scope and complexity of AIS management in Northwest Minnesota,” said Lori Dowling-Hanson, DNR Northwest Region director. “The goal is to strengthen partnerships with those who are committed to partnering with the DNR on AIS management and public outreach in our communities.”

    The second session on Friday will showcase various projects developed by counties, townships, lake associations and tribal governments to raise awareness, prevent the spread of invasive species and discuss new research strategies to manage aquatic plants. It will include presentations from Becker, Douglas and Hubbard counties, the Pelican Watershed District, the Red Lake Nation and the White Earth Band.

    “DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr emphasizes that addressing the challenge of invasive species – aquatic and terrestrial – requires a sense of personal responsibility by everyone who uses our waters, forests, wetlands and grasslands,” said Dowling-Hanson. “As the Northwest Region director, I want to reiterate his message and encourage all citizens to partner with DNR and local community groups on AIS management efforts.”

    The public is welcome to attend either or both sessions.

    For more information on the event, contact Molly MacGregor, DNR Northwest Region planner, at 218-308-2660.

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