Contact: Bob Whaley, 715-483-2260
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE RELEASES RULES FOR RIVERWAY
Stopping the spread of exotic species such as zebra mussels, emerald ash borer and other exotic nuisance pests, preventing resource damage, and increasing safety on the river are some of the goals for rules now available for public review. The Superintendent’s Compendium is published annually by the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to supplement general rules for all National Park System areas.
This year we have expanded the prohibition on glass to include all glass containers, due to the availability of non-glass containers for most food and beverages. We believe that this prohibition will prevent additional injury due to broken glass and assist us in more effectively managing solid waste, especially waste left in fire rings and at campsites, throughout the Riverway.
Another change is the prohibition concerning the possession, storage or transportation of any firewood that originates outside the states of Minnesota or Wisconsin and from a source more than 50 miles from the Riverway. This prohibition, similar to prohibitions imposed by other state and Federal land management agencies, is put in place to protect forested areas from infestations of emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, Sirex wood wasp, Asian long-horned beetle, and a number of other wood-boring insects. It also protects against decay, fungi and pathogens that cause Dutch elm disease, oak wilt and sudden oak death.
We have continued the prohibition of horseback riding in the Arcola Bluffs Day Use Area (Foster Tract) near the Soo Line High Bridge in Minnesota. We closed this area to horse use several years ago to protect critical cultural resources and to initiate and protect a native vegetation restoration project.
Two areas near Stillwater, the Fairy Falls Day Use Area and the Arcola Bluffs Day Use Area (Foster Tract) will remain closed daily from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Visitors to these areas may not camp, build fires or consume alcohol. These restrictions are a part of a larger effort by the National Park Service, neighbors, and other law enforcement agencies to prevent resource damage to vegetation and trails and improve visitor safety in the area.
We want to remind all Riverway visitors that children under 13 years of age are required to wear an approved personal flotation device (lifejacket) when in a moving watercraft, whether powered or drifting with the current, including non-traditional watercraft such as inner tubes, float tubes, water play toys, inflatable rafts one lies on, or any other homemade device. Personal watercraft may not use the St. Croix River from the north city limits of Stillwater to the Gordon Dam, or the entire Namekagon River.
Boats traveling upstream on the St. Croix River will continue to be restricted from passing the zebra mussel checkpoint at the Soo Line Railroad High Bridge (mile 28.5), three miles north of Stillwater. Warning buoys are moored at this location throughout the boating season.
These rules will become effective on May 20, 2007 unless revised in response to comments. For a copy of these rules, called the Superintendent’s Compendium, call 715-483-2261; e-mail SACN_Ranger_Activities@nps.gov or download from the web at www.nps.gov/sacn/parkmgmt/lawsandpolicies.htm.
Did You Know?
Winged maple leaf mussels were thought to be extinct until some were rediscovered in the St. Croix River in 1987. Today scientists are helping to raise young mussels and re-introducing them into their former range including St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to help prevent future extinction.