RED LAKE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

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CURRENT NEWS

  • Winter Shearing - Storm Blowdown Update

    The storm of June 29th containing straight line winds measuring 80-100 mph affected large areas throughout the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Red Lake DNR Forestry and Fuels personnel has recognized and prioritized areas where damage was most severe. The lowland aspen and black ash stands near the Clearbrook Road and Highway 1 intersection was among some of the most heavily damaged areas. This area is only accessible during the winter months and requires heavy equipment needed to move large trees. With favorable winter conditions, these areas are in the process of being sheared. Shearing uses dozers equipped with a shear bladed, to windrow (pile) all wind damaged trees in rows. The mitigation process involves removing the fuel load and creating conditions suitable to allow the stand to naturally regenerate as soon as possible. The Red Lake DNR Forestry programs goal is to create an environment favorable for natural aspen regeneration, Red Lake’s most important commercial species. In addition to reforestation efforts, heavy fuels and ladder fuels will be significantly reduced as a fire prevention effort. Managing these fuels will minimize the chance for severe wildfire outbreaks within these stands. Through combined management efforts, Red Lake’s natural resources will be sustained for future generations to use and appreciate.




  • Brush Management Project - Request for Quote

    RFQ - Red Lake Reservation Brushland Forest Dozer Project - Winter 2018-....pdf

    RFQ - Red Lake Reservation Brushland Forest Hydroaxe Project - Winter 20....pdf


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The Red Lake Reservation is home to 75 percent of the Tribe’s 10,000 Band members. The primary sources of livelihood include hunting, fishing, and subsistence natural resource harvesting. Natural resources historically represented the most important source of employment to the Band members, with commercial fishing and logging representing the two most important industries. These two industries affect every member on the Reservation. Therefore, preserving and restoring its rich aquatic ecosystem and abundance of other natural resources is critical to Band members’ health, welfare, traditional ways of life, economic viability, and is a high priority for the Band. 

Natural resources programs for the Reservation have been productively operating since the 1980’s. Base programs such as forestry, fisheries, wildlife, waters, and environmental protection have created a strong foundation allowing expansions in recent years to create specialized programs such as wetlands, GIS, air quality, and fire prevention to name a few.

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