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Roundtable focuses on Brule River conservation

A public workshop focusing on the Brule River and its watershed runs 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Northwestern High School in Maple.

The theme, "Conserving Together," encourages those who live, work, play and care for the Brule River to participate in the structured workshop.

Local outdoor columnist for the Duluth News Tribune, Sam Cook, presents "Reflecting on the Brule," offering insights on the iconic river.

Participants then attend breakout sessions addressing conservation and improvement for the river's fishery, habitat, forest and upland.

"The goal is to come to a common understanding of what are the next most important tasks that can be undertaken to sustain this much loved local resource," said David Zentner, Izzak Walton League and Brule River preservation board member. "We expect great representation from our natural resource managers, local business, sportsmen, town government, landowners and conservationists. They all add to the sustainability of the River."

The Brule River Roundtable is a series established by the Brule River Coalition of local organizations whose mission is sustaining this natural resource. The Brule River Sportsmen, Wild River Chapter Trout Unlimited, Brule River Preservation, Izaak Walton League-Duluth, and West Wisconsin Land Trust sponsor the event. Local and state natural resource managers and scientists help guide the conservation initiatives of the group.

The event is open to all but registration is required. To register, contact Michelle at West Wisconsin Land Trust, mcopley@wwlt.org, (715) 235-8850 or register online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3017165. The cost is $10 and includes a continental breakfast.

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