Natural Resources

 

 

NATURAL RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Mike Swan

41044 S. Ice Cracking Road

Ponsford, MN 56575

Phone: (218) 573-3007

Fax: (218) 573-3009

e-mail: mikes@whiteearth.com

 

        Mike Swan      Director of Natural Resources

       Lita Doran     Natural Resources Admin. Asst.

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        naturalresources@whiteearth.com

 

Programs include:

 

 

Wildlife           Doug Mc Arthur        Wildlife Manager  

                          John Bekkerus         Wildlife Technician  

Wildlife

Office: (218) 983-3285   Ext. 5804

Fax: (218) 983-3719

dougm@whiteearth.com

 

The land within the boundaries of the Reservation contains three distinct natural biomes. The Prairie biome was once covered by vast plains of native grasses and numerous wetlands. The Deciduous Forest biome lies generally in the middle of the Reservation. This biome contains northern hardwood species of oak, maple, basswood, birch, elm, and aspen. The Coniferous Forest biome lies in the eastern portions of the Reservation. This region contains stands of pine fir, spruce, tamarack, aspen, birch and cedar. These regions are characterized by gently rolling hills with several lakes, wetlands, and streams. This biome is home to species like; white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse.

 

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Wetlands/Prairie Restoration 
        Dawn Kier      Agricultural Manager

                                                                                          Everett Goodwin III       Agricultural Technician
                                                                              Curt Bevins       Agricultural Technician

Wetlands/Prairie Restoration

216 NE Main St.,

Mahnomen, MN 56557

Office: (218) 935-2488

Fax: (218) 935-2524

dawnk@whiteearth.com

 

The western portion of the Reservation  resides in the Prairie Pothole Region of North America. Most of the wetlands and native prairie have been destroyed or diminished by the intrusion of farm practices and development on the Reservation. The goal of the Wildlife Habitat Program is to restore, create, protect, and enhance the numerous wetlands and prairie habitat that has been degraded or lost.

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Fisheries                  Randy Zortman                  Fisheries Manager

                                 Curtis Uran                  Fisheries Technician
                                 Gerald Roberts           Fisheries Technician

Fisheries

Office: (218) 573-3007  Ext. 205

Fax: (218) 573-3009

randyz@whiteearth.com

Click on a link below to see seasons or regulations:
2009 Angling Seasons & 2009 Rough Fish Spearing Regulations & 2009 Fall Netting Seasons

 

The White Earth Reservation has 530 lakes and three river systems. Total water surface area is more than 48,000 acres. The total number of miles of rivers, creeks and streams is 300. The major species of fish are walleyes, northern pike and large mouth bass. Other species that are present are: sauger, muskellunge, small mouth bass, green sunfish, pumpkinseed, bluegill, white crappie, black crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, lake sturgeon, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, tulaby and white fish. A number of species of rough fish are also found on the Reservation including suckers, redhorse and carp.  The most valuable species to the Tribe is walleye.

 

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Wild Rice

 

The gathering of wild rice for food and trade has been an integral part of this region’s history and culture for the thousands of years. Of the over 500 lakes and ponds on the Reservation, a 1983 survey located 53 beds covering over 3,000 acres. The largest area of wild rice beds is Lower Rice Lake with up to 1,400 acres of beds capable of producing about 300,000 pounds of green rice by hand harvesting.

 

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Conservation           Alfred E. Fox           Chief        #881           alfredf@whiteearth.com

                                      Richard E. Fox, Jr.                     #882          richardf@whiteearth.com

                                      Sheila Lafriniere                         #883          sheilal@whiteearth.com

                                      Ronald Warren                             #884          ronaldw@whiteearth.com

                 

        Click on a link below to see seasons or regulations:
2010 Hunting Seasons
            

White Earth Natural Resources Department

216 NE Main st.

Mahnomen, MN 56557

Office: (218) 935-2578

Fax: (218) 935-2587

 

The White Earth Reservation encompasses 1,296 square miles. This includes 530 lakes, 300 miles of rivers and streams, 951 miles of County, State, Federal and BIA roads (not including logging roads and trails) and 1,500 miles of snowmobile trails. The vastness of this area presents numerous challenges for the enforcement of conservation regulations and monitoring of game limits, seasons and illegal activities. These activities are regulated under the White Earth Conservation Code.

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Land Department 

    

        

                          Lorena Vogt               Land Office Manager         lorenav@whiteearth.com                  

                   Megan Bevins               Realty Specialist         meganb@whiteearth.com            

      Bob Howard                 Realty Specialist           bobh@whiteearth.com

      Janis Rock                           Realty Specialist              janisr@whiteearth.com

        Richard Heisler           Survey Technician           richardh@whiteearth.com

   Kimberly St.Clair           Admin Assistant           kims@whiteearth.com

Land Department

PO Box 495

White Earth, MN 56591

Office: (218) 983-4650

Fax:  (218) 983-3719

Click here to view a map of: White Earth

 

The White Earth Land Department was established to enable the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council to manage and regulate all uses of Tribal lands for the benefit of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. The Land Department’s primary functions are to issue and approve leases and to administer purchases and returns of land to be placed into trust for the use of the White Earth Band of Ojibwa. Leases are issued for home site, lakeshore, business and recreational leases.

 

 







Cultural Resources     Tom McCauley      Tribal Archeologist/

                                                                                                       Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

Cultural Resources

Phone: (218) 983-3285  Ext. 1375

Fax: (218) 983-4299

tomm@whiteearth.com

 

Cultural Resources are defined as prehistoric and historic archaeological or anthropological sites, objects, historic standing structures, sacred and burial locations, and areas where traditional practices resources or cultural properties are used, located or collected. All of these resources are important to the White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa.

 

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       Forestry
                         Mike Smith                               Forestry Manager

                                          Dave Snetsinger Jr.                Forestry Tech

                                     

 

White Earth Natural Resources Department

White Earth Forestry

P.O. Box 37

Naytahwaush, MN 56566

Office: (218) 935-5967

Fax: (218) 935-9129

weforestry@whiteearth.com

 

The Reservation contains a diverse mixture of tree species and forest cover types. The forest is located in the north central hardwood region of Minnesota adjacent to the northern pine and conifer region. Aspen was once the predominant cover-type in the forest. Recent emphasis has been on the management of over-mature, decadent aspen, and hardwood management has been largely ignored. The White Earth Reservation Tribal Forestry Office in Naytahwaush, Minnesota is responsible for the management of approximately 55,000 acres of forested land on the White Earth Reservation.

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Environmental Affairs
   Monica Hedstrom     Environmental Manager              

                                                  Jamie Wark                Environmental Assistant         jamiew@whiteearth.com     

                                              

Environmental Affairs

Phone: (218) 935-2488

Fax: (218) 935-2524

 

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Environmental affairs consists of five primary areas: Solid Waste, Emergency Management, Underground and Aboveground Storage Tanks, Air Quality and Environmental Review. These programs are coordinated with Federal, State and local entities in a cooperative effort for the protection of the environment within the Reservation boundary.

 

     

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Pesticides              Ed Snetsinger             Pesticide Coordinator

 

Pesticides

Phone: (218) 935-2488

Fax: (218) 935-2524

Cell: (218) 849-2345

edwards@whiteearth.com

 

The White Earth Reservation Department of Natural Resources Pesticide Program was established in 1991 to develop an enforcement program and acquire information  on the storage, distribution, disposal and manufacturing of pesticides. The Pesticide Program was developed to perform outreach activities to applicators, homeowners and residents of the White Earth Reservation. The program operates under a cooperative agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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Water Quality              Will Bement           Water Quality Manager           willb@whiteearth.com

                                           Tim LaFriniere          Water Quality Technician           timl@whiteearth.com

 

Water Quality

Phone: (218) 935-2488

Fax: (218) 935-2524

Cell: Will Bement (218) 261-0725  or  Tim La Friniere (218) 766-1031

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The White Earth Reservation lies mainly in the Red River Drainage Basin, which is the headwaters area of the greater Hudson Bay Drainage Basin. Surface water on the Reservation consists of a number of lakes, wetlands, rivers and streams. There are approximately 530 bodies of water greater then 10 acres, covering 48, 362 acres, 53, 243 acres of wetlands and approximately 300 miles of rivers and streams. Many Reservation streams drain the headwaters of the Red River Basin and, to a lesser extent, the Mississippi River Basin. The Wild Rice River drains the largest basin (60%) on the Reservation.

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Zoning                  Katherine Warren          Zoning Technician
White Earth Zoning Office
Office: 218-573-3007 Ext. 203
Fax: 218-573-3009
katherinew@whiteearth.com

Future tribal and non-tribal population growth will place increasing demands upon Reservation natural resources.  An integrated system of land use controls pertaining to all Reservation lands is critically needed to protect fish and wildlife, their habitat, resources upon which they depend and natural resources of importance to the Bands economy and the economic well-being of its members and Reservation community.  Continued protection and enhancement of the essential Native character of the Reservation and the Reservation community is of vital importance to the Tribe.  Large areas of the Reservation remain undeveloped and retain their essential Native character.  The limited development that has occurred on the Reservation has been consistent with and preserves the essential Native character of the developed areas of the Reservation and the Reservation community as a whole.

Building / Land Use Permits are required before any new construction or relocation of a structure (i.e., trailers new or used) for all tribal members within the exterior boundaries of the reservation.  The Tribe also requires a septic permit before any installation of an Individual Septic Treatment System.  Setbacks of structures and septic systems do apply.

For questions regarding these permits or others that may be required please contact the White Earth Zoning Office.

Download forms: Building / Land Use Permit , New Septic Permit