Post by goosepondmonster on Nov 22, 2013 15:26:20 GMT -5
This cuts down on spots to set up for trout in the spring...
Effective immediately, “Area A” at Minnehaha Fish & Wildlife Area will no longer be part of the property and as a result will be off limits to public use.
All land at Minnehaha is leased from Peabody Energy, which is conducting an extensive wetland mitigation project on Area A. The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife and Peabody agreed to remove Area A from the lease agreement out of safety concerns.
Area A was a 1,050-acre tract of bottomland forest, marsh and lakes on the FWA’s southwest corner and a popular spot for hunters, anglers and trappers.
Property manager Brad Feaster said the change is likely permanent and that currently there are no plans for Area A to become part of Minnehaha again after Peabody completes work.
The remaining nearly 5,000 acres of Minnehaha remain open as usual.
Minnehaha is located two miles east of Sullivan on State Road 54 and managed by Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area.
Well, that just stinks. They close the one area there that has been upgraded with a concrete ramp, etc? And what the heck is "wetland mitigation?" Sounds like Peabody found a way to get some fed money to me.
Hopefully they'll stock Airline with more trout or find another local pit to stock next spring.
Post by strippitman on Nov 25, 2013 8:55:21 GMT -5
One of the saddest things I have witnessed over the years in our state is the downsizing of Minnehaha FWA. At one time, back in the mid '80's, Minnehaha was a huge area littered with dozens of excellent pits...all of which were open to the public. Over the years the state has slowly given up our rights at this great place. I don't expect it to be much longer before Minnehaha becomes just a memory and no longer exists - which is just a total shame >:(. Minnehaha is place that is near and dear to my heart because of the hundreds of hours me and my grandpa spent on the pits there. Some of the best fishing I've ever experienced was within the boundaries of Minnehaha. It makes no sense to me why the state wrapped up money in putting in a concrete ramp at Island Pit only to turn around and have to give the rights back to Peabody Coal One of the things that has always been a problem with Minnehaha is you never knew whether or not you were on public or private ground unless you were a local who spent a lot of time there. And since the boundaries have been shrinking a little bit each year, what was a public pit last year may be private this year. It had gotten to the point where you felt like you were taking a chance fishing anywhere (other than a few of the well known pits) cuz you just didn't know if a spot was still "public".
Post by crappielady on Nov 25, 2013 12:54:25 GMT -5
Strippitman, We know all too well the greediness of Peabody. We have been fighting all year for our insurance that Peabody promised us when my husband hired in years ago. A lot of his salary went into that insurance, and now they are trying to take it away. Thank goodness we had a union to fight for us, if not we wouldn't have any insurance now. They don't care anything about people, just how to increase their billion dollar profits.
Wear short sleeves, support your right to bare arms.
Speaking of, the west unit of the GSSF, is that state property or property leased from the mine?
Luckily for us, that has been purchased by the state.
From the DNR;
The Dugger Unit is a 2,150-acre tract of reclaimed mine land in Sullivan County and is owned by the Department of Natural Resources , Division of Forestry. The 1,300-acre East Dugger Unit was acquired in 1995, while the 900- acre West Unit was acquired in 2001. These parcels were given to the Divisi on of Forestry after the DNR allo wed the re-mining of coal from 140 acres of land in Greene-Sullivan State Forest in 1985. Acquired from Peabody Coal Company, the Dugger Unit was specifically reclaimed for recreation and natural resource management. Peabody Coal Company opened three Dugger Unit lakes to public fishing in 1987. The remaining lakes on the property were opened to fi shing in 1995 (East) and 2001 (West) when the area was acquired by the Department of Natu ral Resources. The East Dugger Unit remains closed to hunting, while limited hunting is a llowed on the West Unit. Fishing access is comprised of one or more boat ramps at ten of the lakes. Several smaller lakes will remain “walk-in only” lakes. All lakes within the D ugger Unit are restricted to the use of electric motors. In addition, anglers may fish from shore at most of the lakes (Sapp 2004).
Where exactly is the east unit? Is that the main part of the Forest?
The East Unit and West Unit are all part of the entire "Dugger Unit" which is a few miles west of Dugger. The east unit includes lakes such as Goose, Long, and Bass. The west unit contains lakes such as Pump, West, etc. They are referred to as east and west because they were acquired at different times. They are not part of "the Forest"
It makes no sense to me why the state wrapped up money in putting in a concrete ramp at Island Pit only to turn around and have to give the rights back to Peabody Coal
And it's not just the ramp either; there's a building that was once the headquarters for the local FWA's. I've checked in a couple deer there in the past. They also added a "modern" pit restroom there in recent years. I guess it makes since for Peabody to take back the most valuable piece of property there.
I'm just glad that some of us were able to fish together there for a while last spring! Might of been our last time and we didn't even know it.
I haven't drove down the county road side yet but the highway entrance is not blocked off. I didn't drive back to the building to see if anything was posted either. I was going to but was feeling too miserable after the lunch I had today. If I get out tomorrow I'll check.