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BEAR ISLAND CLEAN-UP

2017

The Bear Island monthly clean-up will again be coordinated by Bob Baker.  Bear Island was donated to the State of MN by the DLA, who purchased it with donations from lake residents and took advantage of a State matching funds program to protect it and make it available for all to enjoy.  Once a month during the summer, DLA members spend about 1 hour keeping the walking trail open and cleaning up any trash left by Mother Nature or people.  The first Friday of each month, June through September is when this event occurs.  The only exception to this is July, where we go the second Friday so we can avoid the holiday weekend and are able to clean after that busy time.  If the weather is bad then we go the next day. 

You can call Bob Baker at 999-5823 to see if it is still planned or just arrive at 9 AM on the schedule day by the DNR sign.  Bob will not be calling people – if we have had a bad storm during the month – please give some extra thought to helping.  Bring gloves, wear long pants and bring equipment (chain saw, clippers, loppers, small saw and/or garbage bag. The cleanup takes about an hour.  We hope to see you!!

 

Clean-up Dates:  

9AM @ Bear Island (come by boat)

JUNE 2ND – JULY 7TH – AUGUST 4TH – SEPTEMBER 8TH

BRING CHAIN SAW, LOPPERS, PRUNING SHEARS, ETC.  WEAR GLOVES AND BUG SPRAY!  NO PHONE CALLS WILL BE MADE – JUST BE THERE TO HELP.  WE NEED TO KEEP THE ISLAND CLEANED UP SO IF CAN BE ENJOYED BY ALL.  IF QUESTIONS, CALL BOB BAKER @ 999-5823

Bear Island Narrows      Photo by Margaret Duxbury

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Our thanks to the Clean-Up Crew who had such a huge task clearing some 30 trees off the trails after the June 2012 storm! And a word of thanks to all who used Bear Island this year for keeping it clean and using it with respect. This is much appreciated by those of those who volunteer to clean it up.

 

Report from Bob Baker on a completed Cleanup: 

           
            Monthly cleanups were done through August. Vandals have returned and destroyed the picnic table—Litter and clutter have increased this year. DNR has recommended not replacing the picnic table or posting any signs at present. DNR apparently is in turmoil over jurisdiction and management of Wildlife Management Areas. What else is new? 
Bob
 

Bear Island Cleanup Crew Clears Trail 2015

Photos by Tom Nelson

Many thanks to the crew of trail-clearers on Bear Island: Rich, Bob, John, Catherine, Jim, Hugh and Paul.

And to those who preceded this crew: Newt, Denny, the Routt Family, and more.

 

 

 

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 Interested in the Deer Lake Geocache Challenge? 

The Geocache Challenge is now ready!

Find the starting point at the Deer Lake Access

Geocaching is a fun scavenger hunt for all ages, which uses a GPS device and some  boating skills to find “caches” hidden around the lake. We would plan to develop a series of three to five caches around Deer Lake that would be a fun activity for everyone to learn more about healthy lakeshores. Feel free to contact me, Anna Johnson, if you have any question/concerns, ideas, comments, or are willing to have a cache on or near your lakeshore at annaj@mtu.edu.

 

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