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 nleeting, approved g$20,0 to CURE Environment t to m and implementa- IP (Conservation Portion of the 2002 :ently passed by ides incentive pay- rs who voluntarily ration practices that d and fertilizers on and out of our these practices will &apos;eve long-term soil ce global w, armin lhe purity of our s, and restore lost abitat. 000 rant for CURE ri Lq# Watershed :Watershed Project CURE's proposal to the Watershed implementation of this program is Project to partner in this project was done in a way that is meaningful and received with favor "The cooperation consistent with the intent of the pro- of farmers and environmentalists is gram. the "Middle Road' that we must sure- "'The Watershed grant will allow us Iv travel to make sure that we and to follow through on ensuring that future generations have access to the implementation of the CSP is farmer waters and land that is our legacy and friendly," said Brian Wojtalewicz, to make sure that legacy is maintained CURE board member. Passage of the in the best way possible for all people, measure was only the first step in the We look forward to being a financial process. Seeing that farmers are able partner in this project, one that we feel to make use of the program in a man- is extremely worthwhile and has been ner that is beneficial to all concerned a long time in coming." is the next step and perhaps the most CURE has worked hard, along important. with farmers and other environmental Success depends on constant, groups, in the formation and passage steady support from those of us most of the Conservation Security Program interested in clean water, improved portion of the 2002 Farm Bill. The fish and wildlife habitat and an next step in that process is seeing that improved farm economy. ik 2002 duck, goose season Wateffowl hunters + changes to the and goose hunting Game.  Fish and proposal is final- dathe 2002 duck iih" shortening the ' Plains and Low  decreasing the lrlallards from 2 to to an expected }..iederal framework Sag limit) due to , lower duck popu- state Waterfowl Vaa. "It is likely ;easons we have Years will be a moderate (60 39 days) regula- !l:l Commission Wll! kl the most liberal ite alternative, n would start nue through Nov. i;"mPen for 23 days i Low Plains sea- e three zones. '-u 0N n One week earlier than normal, for two days, on Sept. 21 and 22, and then again from Sept. 28 through Nov. 24. An earlier opening, if allowed by the federal framework, will provide hunters more opportunity for early migrating blue- winged teal and wood ducks. The middle zone would be open Sept. 28 through Nov. 26, and the south zone would open on Oct.12 and continue through Dec. 10. Pending approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the daily limit for ducks would be set at six, which may include no more than five mallards, of which one could be a hen. The proposal for merganser limits would allow hunters five of the birds, no more than one of which could be a hooded merganser. Daily duck limits may also include no more than two wood ducks, two redheads, three scaup, one canvasback or one pintail. The possession limit would be twice the daily limit. It is important to note that both pintail and canvasback populations declined and there is a possibility of season closure for these two species this year. Pintail numbers in 2002 are the lowest recorded since population surveys began in 1955. The posses- sion limit would be twice the daily limit. For the regular goose season, the commission's proposal would change the opening date for Canada goose Unit 2 from the third Saturday in October to the fourth Saturday and change the opening date for Canada goose Unit 4 from Jan. 4 to Jan. I I. The daily limit "for white-fronted geese would also change from 2 to 3. Most of the state (goose Units 1 and 3), would open Sept. 28. In cen- tral South Dakota along the Missouri River (Unit 2), the season would open on Oct/26 and would run through Jan. 28, 2003. This later opening of Unit 2 would allow hunters to take advantage of late migrating Canada geese. White-fronted geese could be hunted statewide from Sept. 28 through Dec. 22. The light goose sea- son which includes all geese except Canada geese, brant, and white-front- ed geese - would also be open Sept. 28 through Dec. 22. Goose and duck shooting hours would be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, statewide. Nontoxic shot is required for all waterfowl hunting. Daily goose limits for hunters dur- ing the regular season would include 20 light geese and three Canada geese (or any goose species other than light geese and white-fronted geese). To comment on the proposals, per- sons can attend the public hearing at 2 p.m., Aug. 8, at the Ramada Inn in Aberdeen. Written comments may he sent to Garb'e, Fish and Parks 523 E. Capitol, Pierre+ SD. 57501, or by e- mail to wildin fo @ state.sd.us. Comments must include full name and address. Wild News Wildlife Information from the Morris Wetland Management District Duck Survey .Shows Decline Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coordinates a massive habitat and waterfowl population survey in critical duck nesting areas within the United States and Canada. The survey provides long term population and habitat trends for North American waterfowl and also helps the agency establish a waterfowl hunting framework for the following fall. A large part of the mid-continent prairie area has been surveyed every year since 1955. This year, the waterfowl population and habitat survey showed drought-induced poor habitat conditions throughout much of southern Canada, Montana, and the western Dakotas. While water levels were much lower than recent years in the eastern Dakotas, water levels still remained high enough for good waterfowl nesting conditions in these more easterly areas. Overall, breeding duck numbers in this traditionally surveyed area declined 14% since last year, from an estimated 36.1 million ducks to 31.2 million ducks. Periodic droughts on the prairies are a normal phenomenon. The droughts cause wetlands to dry and waterfowl populations to decrease but these dry cycles are an important part of prairie ecology. During the wet cycles, when the ponds are full, they are more productive for ducks and other wildlife than are ponds that rarely or never dry out. The scale of the North American on water conditions, from 50,000 to 100,000 pairs of ducks typically breed in tile eight county Morris Wetland Management District Before most of our wetlands weredrained in western Minnesota, the breeding duck population in the district would have been many times higher than it is today. Featured WPA: Maki Waterfowl Production Area, Swift County Maki WPA is a 138 acre sample of what northern Swift County once looked like. Thirty six small wetlands dot this unit six miles west of Clontarf. Surrounding the WPA is intensively managed agricultural land that, while highly productive for growing crops, has largely lost its value for wildlife, flood control, and water quality protection. Mile after mile of ditch and tile have eliminated almost all wetlands except those on the waterfowl production area. If you look at an aerial photograph, or drive through the area after a heavy rain, you can still see the former wetlands, thousands of them, scattered throughout the surrounding land. While wildlife production on Maki WPA is diminished by the lack of habitat in the surrounding area, it still provides a home for ducks, pheasants, and Other wildlife as well as a great place for people to enjoy outdoor recreation. Maki Waterfowl Production Area is named in honor of Don Maki, a Fish and Wildlife Service employee who was killed in an airplane crash in 1982. waterfowl survey is impressive. Imagine trying to estimate the population of all of the ducks in North America. The basic survey strategy is to fly at low altitude in small aircraft over hundreds of designated survey lines called transects. Each plane has a trained observer and the pilot is also a biologist trained to count ducks. Other biologists on the ground perform waterfowl counts on a small portion of the aerial transects. This provides a correction factor to the estimates obtained from the airplanes since annual changes in vegetation and water levels influence the percentage of ducks visible from the air. The population for the entire region can be estimated from these transects; for example, if the transects cover a representative sample of 10% of the entire landscape, then the survey numbers multiplied by 10 equal the estimate for the whole area. Minnesota is on the eastern edge of the prairie pothole region, the most important waterfowl breeding area in North America. Unfortunately, since western Minnesota only makes up a fraction of the total pothole country, it is not included in the traditional waterfowl survey area. Instead, to learn about waterf.owl breeding populations in the Morris Wetland Management District, we participate each spring in an intensive population survey in designated survey blocks. Each year, we visit carefully selected ponds to count ducks and assess habitat conditions. We use data from these counts to estimate the population across the entire district. Depending Baby boy born to Jon Ulrich Jacob Jon Ulrich was born July 16, 2002, at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Jon and Shana Ulrich of Morris, and joins big brother Andrew, four. Jacob Jon weighed seven pounds, 15 oz. and 21 inches long. Grandparents are Dean and Karen Strand of Ortonville and Evie Ulrich of Ortonville. Great grandparents are Betty Saeger of Ortonville and Ralph and Ilia Strand of Clinton. Heel winner at GOP booth Big Stone County Republicans announce the winner of the door prize drawing at their booth at the Big Stone County Fair. Congratulations to Donna Heel of Ortonville, winner of the American Flag. Thank you to the public for stopping by the booth to visit, gather information, and meet with candidates Jeff Moen running for State Representative and Erick Harper candidate for State Senate. 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