Other Wild Rice Information

Efforts are being made to improve communication with and among those interested in wild rice.  This page will provide a location to share any current information (meetings, conferences, legislation, studies, reports, etc.) relating to wild rice.


DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA                                                                                   A number of tribal partners have been working with the University of Minnesota to develop efforts that support the understanding and preservation of wild rice.  An important component of this has been relationship building and forming appropriate partnerships.  A paper entitled Transforming Research and Relationships Through Collaborative Tribal-University Partnerships on Manoomin (Wild Rice) was published in Environmental Science and Policy (January 2021, online November 2020) that discusses this process.


Under Minnesota water quality rules, a 10 mg/L sulfate standard applies to "water used for the production of wild rice during periods when the rice may be susceptible to damage by high sulfate levels." Studies have been conducted to further evaluate the effects of sulfates on wild rice. Additional discussion is also occurring about defining waters used for the production of wild rice. Information resulting from these efforts will be used to determine if any changes in water quality standards are warranted. The Fond du Lac band led the development of reports in 2018 to further describe the importance of wild rice. Reports include: The Effects of Wild Rice Water Quality Rules on Tribal Health – Health Impact Assessment, and The Food That Grows Out of the Water – The Economic Benefits of Wild Rice in Minnesota. In a corresponding process to the governor’s wild rice task force, the tribal wild rice task force completed the 2018 Tribal Wild Rice Task Force Report report in December 2018. More information can be found on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website: Minnesota's sulfate standard to protect wild rice .


Through a cooperative effort led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a number of partners worked together to describe the cultural and ecological importance of wild rice.  A final report Lake Superior Manoomin Cultural and Ecosystem Characterization Study was completed in May 2020.  The report also includes seven case studies that profile changes in wild rice cultural and ecological functionality over time at these sites.  In the 1854 Ceded Territory, cases studies included in the report and as separate documents are Big Rice Lake and Twin Lakes (Sandy and Little Sandy).


BIG RICE LAKE MANAGEMENT PLAN                                                                                   
An updated management plan for Big Rice Lake was completed in 2013 and is available at this link: Big Rice Lake Management Plan 2013. One notable change is a motorized restriction on the lake. (From June 15th through November 25th, motorized surface use will be restricted to watercraft with electric trolling motors only. Motorized access will be unrestricted the remainder of the year.) 


MANOOMIN                                                                                                                                                                                                A document entitled "Manoonim" was completed in December 2019 by Peter and Lisa David (employees of the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission).  It provides a great overview of wild rice and also discusses issues in Wisconsin.


In early 2007, a series of meetings was conducted in several locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin to gather input from ricers on a variety of issues, specifically on the concept of developing some form of a wild rice council or advisory group. A report entitled "A Summary of Wild Rice Harvester Meetings in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin" by Annette Drewes is available. 


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (with input from a variety of partners) completed a report entitled "Natural Wild Rice in Minnesota" in February 2008. The report contains a wide variety of information on wild rice including biology, distribution across Minnesota, management considerations, and recommendations.


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources completed a report entitled "Minnesota Natural Wild Rice Harvester Survey: A Study of Harvesters' Activities and Opinions" in December 2007. The report summarizes information obtained from a survey of wild rice harvesters conducted in late 2006 and early 2007.  The University of Minnesota conducted a survey in 2019 of Minnesota licensed wild rice harvesters and completed a report entitled "Protecting the Harvest: A Survey of Minnesota State (Non-Tribal) Wild Rice Harvesters."  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conducted a survey of wild rice harvesters in 2022 with results summarized in "2022 Wild Rice Harvester Survey."


A report entitled "Wild Rice Restoration Implementation Plan for the St. Louis River Estuary" was completed in November 2014, for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with a number of partners.  The report highlights potential areas in the estuary for wild rice restoration.  Restoration of wild rice beds in the St. Louis River began in 2015.  


WILD RICE MONITORING HANDBOOK AND FIELD GUIDE                                                 
A handbook and field guide published in 2015 provide a standardized method for assessing trends in wild rice abundance and measuring wild rice productivity.  The documents are available on the Minnesota Sea Grant website.



Bois Forte Reservation

Fond du Lac Resource Management

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

White Earth Land Recovery Project

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Native Wild Rice Coalition

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