Lakeshore habitat, smallmouth bass featured in Conservation Volunteer

July 12, 2005

Minnesota lakeshore development is booming like never before, threatening the health of the state's lakes and the fish and wildlife that depend on near-shore habitat for survival, reports the Department of Natural Resources' July-August Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine.

According to the magazine's cover story, "New Visions for Lakeshores," critical aquatic vegetation is disappearing as growing numbers of Minnesotans buy lakeshore property and replace natural shorelines with mowed lawns and sand beaches.

"New Visions for Lakeshores" describes efforts by the DNR, counties and cities, lake associations, lakeshore property owners, and others to maintain and restore native aquatic plants. It offers suggestions about what individuals can do to help protect lakeshore habitat, lists DNR shoreland regulations and permit information, and provides lakeshore management resources.

Also in the July-August magazine, readers will find stories about the big appeal of smallmouth bass, which are drawing anglers to Minnesota from all over the country; the thrill of exploring Minnesota's Mystery Cave; and highlights of Itasca State Park. The issue's Young Naturalists story introduces young readers to the wonder of water.

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer is supported entirely by readers' donations. Subscriptions are free to Minnesotans, $20 for out-of-state subscribers. To request a copy or subscribe, call 888-646-6367. To read the magazine or subscribe online, go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/magazine.

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