Muskies, Inc. provides $20,000 in grants for Leech Lake, Wabedo Lake conservation projects

From left to right are Ron Stokesbary, WLBCR Lakes Association; Kathy Wagner, President WLBCR Lakes Association; Derek Jensen, NWLT Board of Directors; Doug Schultz, MN DNR Walker Fisheries Supervisor; George Selcke, Muskies Inc. Submitted Photo

The Northern Waters Land Trust announces a grant of $10,000 from the Twin Cities Chapter of Muskies, Inc. (Hugh C. Becker Committee) to support the conservation of land around Miller Bay, a primary spawning ground for muskies on Leech Lake.

Fisheries research shows that healthy watersheds with intact forests are fundamental to good fish habitat and that conservation easements on sensitive shoreland and private forests are an effective approach to protecting water quality.

The chapter believes the Miller Bay project is an important step to protect this critical habitat and is a partnership of Northern Waters Land Trust, the Leech Lake Association and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Donors interested in supporting the matching funds needed to complete the project can contact Northern Waters Land Trust.

Muskies, Inc. also granted $10,000 in support for the Wabedo, Little Boy, Cooper, Rice Lakes Association to conserve land near critical muskie habitat on Wabedo Lake.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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