2020 Webinar: Status of Elk Restoration in Northeast Minnesota

Historically, elk numbered in the thousands across most of Minnesota, but were rapidly extirpated beginning in the 1800s.  Today, only 3 small herds of elk exist on a fraction of their historic Minnesota range in the northwest corner of the State.  In 2015, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation applied for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to complete a feasibility study exploring the levels of suitable habitat and public support for elk in 3 study areas in northeast Minnesota.   Funding was awarded in 2016 for this University led study and final reports were completed in August 2019. Study areas were centered on the Nemadji State Forest in northern Pine County, the Fond du Lac State Forest and Fond du Lac Reservation in Carlton and southern St. Louis County, and the Cloquet Valley State Forest in southern St. Louis County. Support among landowners and the general public for elk varied, but was high in all 3 areas.   Habitat analysis indicated all 3 study areas had suitable habitat and could support approximately 1 elk/mi2.   An update on the status of the project will be provided in the webinar.

Date: Tuesday March 17, 2020 from noon-1pm central
Speaker: Mike Schrage, Fond du Lac Resource Management Division 
View a flyer for the March webinar (PDF)

You may also watch for no charge (and without registering) at a local broadcast site:

  • Following University of Minnesota guidelines for in-person instruction during the covid-19 outbreak, we are not able to host in-person broadcast sites for our March webinar. We apologize for the inconvenience. Stay safe!
All interested learners are welcome. For accommodations related to ability please contact us at sfec@umn.edu.

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