Lab to Lakes: MAISRC Regional Workshop

June 23 and 24, 2023

Cedar Lakes Casino Hotel and Event Center
6268 Upper Cass Frontage Road NW (map)
Cass Lake, MN 56633​

Date: Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24, 2023
Location: Cedar Lakes Casino, 6268 Upper Cass Frontage Rd NW, Cass Lake, MN 56633 (map)
Cost: $45 for both Friday and Saturday; $30 for Friday only. There is no option to register only on Saturday.

Join the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) and regional leaders in a two-day workshop about priority aquatic invasive species concerns for North Central Minnesota

Friday (Day 1: 9am - 4pm)
Location: Cedar Lakes Casino Event Center (6268 Upper Cass Frontage Road NW, Cass Lake, MN 56633​)

  • Speakers and presenters:
    • Donn Branstrator, University of Minnesota Duluth, MAISRC
    • Bill Brunelle, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Division of Resource Management Director
    • John Davis, Deer Lake Association 
    • Bill Grantjes, Itasca SWCD
    • Dana Gutzman, Cass County SWCD 
    • Kate Hagsten, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Division of Resource Management 
    • Ross Lindmeyer, Lake Washburn Association 
    • Nick Phelps, MAISRC Director 
    • Steve Smith, MAISRC, Larkin Lab 
    • Megan Weber, University of Minnesota Extension/MAISRC
    • Raining White, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Division of Resource Management
  • A full catered lunch and light morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided to registrants, and there will be ample opportunities for networking, community-building, and information-sharing throughout the day.

Saturday (Day 2: 9am - 4pm, bring your own lunch)
Saturday is the field day when participants will travel on chartered buses and pontoon boats to shoreline and on-water sites for hands-on learning experiences. Events for this day will feature a variety of field-based activities to provide hands-on AIS learning opportunities and highlight local management efforts.

  • Bimijiwan Recreation Area (formerly Knutson Dam): hands-on plant ID and AIS surveillance workshop with AIS Detectors and DNR experts. This mini-workshop will focus on identifying starry stonewort from native stoneworts and other invasive plants. Volunteers will also learn about and try rake tosses, eDNA samplers, and other survey methods.
  • Moose Lake (Beltrami County): pontoon ride to various sites around the lake to learn about and experience: spiny water flea surveillance methods, rusty crayfish trapping, starry stonewort management using DASH (diver-assisted suction harvesting) systems, and demonstrations by the Itasca County AIS Program and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (LLBO) on underwater image technology.

Thank you to our local partners!

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