Fish & Wildlife Service leans on Minnesota DNR to correct course on logging
October 8, 2021
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is slapping new conditions on millions of dollars in outdoors aid to Minnesota after witnessing harmful logging practices by the Department of Natural Resources.
DNR Wildlife Chief Dave Olfelt said Thursday that the federal agency drafted the extra conditions as part of a $26.4 million block grant set forth in July for habitat management on Minnesota's Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). He said the two agencies are "working through'' the draft set of conditions to ensure DNR compliance.
"We're working to make sure we get it right,'' Olfelt said. "They have legitimate interests ... their role in this is to ensure the money is being spent for wildlife management.''