RED LAKE DEPARTMENT OF
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure to our Firefighters, the Red Lake DNR is restricting all open burning on the Red Lake Reservation. All existing burning permits will be suspended and no new permits will be issued until further notice. Prescribed burning projects will continue to be implemented by the Fire Program and managed by trained firefighting staff, to mitigate the potential for larger and more dangerous wildfire. Please contact the Red Lake Wildland Fire Center for further information (679 – 3381).
Storm damage assessments performed in 2018 by Red Lake DNR Forestry and Fuels personnel identified several project areas around the southern portions of the Diminished Reservation. The treatment involves shearing all remaining standing broken and wind-thrown trees within the project area and then piling. Managing these fuels will minimize the chance for severe wildfire outbreaks. This technique also creates conditions suitable for the stand to naturally regenerate as soon as possible.
As of February 19, 2020, shearing has been completed on some of the storm damaged project areas east of Redby (see map). There is an abundance of available firewood in these piles within the sheared areas. This firewood is free to the public. Access at this time is very good as the snow was removed during the shearing process. Questions can be directed to the Red Lake DNR at 679-3959.
About Red Lake DNR
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.