I always look forward to reading Paul Nelson's outdoor report in Sunday's Pioneer. It has been educational and interesting to get his take on fishing, however this last article (Aug. 11) seemed to stray from that to controversial opinions. It is the right of individuals to express their views publicly but it should not have been done in this forum.
I disagree with his statement that some people choose to deny the science about temperature changes. Mr. Nelson, I have considered much of the science and agree there have been some evidence of changing temperatures but not all leads to your point. You fail to mention our summers up here seem to be cooler than previous summer temps and the ice on area lakes seem to go out later than average. Also carbon emissions are currently going down. You say there should be cause for concern for everyone and we should try to make changes. What are you specifically proposing to do to make changes? Is it related to the Green New Deal where people are supposed to do what?
You mention invasive species have brought on many changes. Yes, some have changed lake clarity and vegetation distribution. This may or may not affect natural vegetation, there has been little evidence that supports that. I don't want invasive species on our land and waters, however it is not that easy to control. An example is terrestrial non-native plants that exist everywhere. I would suggest to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to stop more invasive species inspections (not science based) and re-establish Aquatic Plant Surveys done in the 1990s to get a better understanding of lake vegetation abundance and diversity. I know for a fact that a baseline of data exist and however accurate will still provide a start.
While attending BSU in the 1970s, I worked at a resort on Lake Bemidji. Area guides were rare back then, and the only one I knew had an old wooden launch that had no live or bait wells and a Lowrance green box Fish Lo-K-Tor. Maybe we need to go back to that to prevent possible contaminants from entering our lakes. Also, maybe area guides should promote more catch-and-release to their clients and contribute to a more sustainable fish resource. I'm interested in Mr. Nelson's answers.