People care about things they understand. If we want young people to care about our lakes and rivers then they need a good understanding of them. But youth participation in hunting and angling has fallen off sharply, threatening the future of conservation efforts.
To be successful in improved lake management, community capacity has to be developed, fostered,
and used. Drs. Pradhananga and Davenport have conceptualized community capacity into five
components: individual, relational, organizational, programmatic, and justice. They state:
“Individual capacity includes an individual’s actions, beliefs, concerns, sense of responsibility, and ability to take
action. Relational capacity includes knowledge exchange through social networks, norm development, and
Lake Associations are the largest (more than 200K), most generous ($6.2 million annually), most dedicated (1.2 million volunteer hours annually) conservation group in Minnesota. But these are just some of the astonishing findings of the Concordia Lake Association Study....
After two full years of County AIS Prevention AiD, it is time to look at the impacts of this program. Results exceed expectations.
Minneapolis Start Tribune, May 10, 2015, by Jeff Forester
This weekend’s fishing opener was a good reminder of the serious economic consequences and new realities surrounding the threat from aquatic invasive species (AIS) to our waters and to Minnesota’s $11.6 billion tourist industry.
Aquatic Invaders Summit
An Exploration of Collaboration, Innovation and Opportunity
SAVE THE DATE: Jan. 20-21, 2015
The 2014 Legislature established a $10 million annual Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Aid Program to counties, and appropriated $4.6 million through the Outdoor Heritage Fund to fund pilot programs to test local innovation for AIS prevention. Minnesota’s focus of AIS efforts and resources at the local level is not only likely to continue, but to increase in the future.
MSRPO can offer a solution so that our member organizations have minimum disruption to Lake Association or COLA operations during this difficult time of transition. MSRPO is the only statewide organization whose sole focus is lake issues. We are working to make sure that lake associations get the support they need and lake issues continue to advance.