RED LAKE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

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CURRENT NEWS

  • Attention: Red Lake Berry Pickers


    Prime berry picking is now!! Red Lake Forestry staff has observed a “bumper crop” of blueberries recently just south of the Bemis Hill Area. This area burned in the Palsburg Fire in the spring 2015, and has been planted back into native jackpine on tribal lands.  See attached map for Bemis Hill area. 

  • Red Lake Wildland Firefighters battling wildfires across the Western U.S.

    The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Wildland Fire Program, in partnership with the Bureau of Indian Affairs makes firefighting resources available for wildfire operations across the country each year. Many Red Lake firefighters are on or have been on details in Montana, Washington, South Dakota, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado this year. Red Lake firefighters serve on hand crews, fire engines, and helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft support. The experience and knowledge they gain on these operations each summer is brought back to Red Lake. This keeps the Red Lake Wildland Firefighting crews sharp and ready for our busy spring and fall fire seasons.

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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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