The Pine County Planning and Zoning Office manages the County's Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program, made possible through DNR funding. The program has been active since 2014 and continues to implement new methods to educate the public on aquatic invasive species prevention.
Pine County is now accepting applications from other organizations to participate in the AIS program. Lake associations, conservation clubs, non-profits, and other government agencies are invited to complete an Application for Funding (see below) to assist in AIS prevention. Call the Planning and Zoning Department at 320-216-4220 for more information.
Currently Pine County has the following confirmed AIS infestations:
Sturgeon Lake - Eurasian Watermilfoil
Sand Lake- Eurasian Watermilfoil
Pokegama Lake - Eurasian Water Milfoil, Curly-leaf pondweed
Snake River - Eurasian Water Milfoil
Cross Lake - Eurasian Water Milfoil, Curly-leaf pondweed
The Minnesota DNR Aquatic Invasive Species web page is loaded with helpful information regarding rules and regulations, species identification, and what individuals and groups can do to prevent the spread of AIS. Visit their website: MN DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Page2016 AIS Plan
2015 AIS Plan
2014 AIS Plan
Pine County AIS Risk Assessment 2016
2017 Application for Pine County AIS Funds
2016 AIS Program End of Year Presentation
June 2016 Pokegama Lake Vegetation Survey