Briefly, March 8

FELC workshops planned

Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., is hosting free workshops on container gardening and forest farming.

The container gardening class by Tim Meeker is 10 a.m.-noon March 16. He has worked as a horticulturist at Tiffin Developmental Center for 25 years. Plants and containers will be supplied, and attendees may supply their own containers.

FELC also invites people to learn how to farm in the woods 10 a.m.-noon April 20. Vince Kirchner, a certified permaculture designer, master gardener and mushroom expert, plans to show attendees through the process of creating their own mushroom logs. He also will teach many techniques of farming in the woods.

The class is free, but donations are accepted.

Trail closed at Magee Marsh for nesting eagles’ protection

OAK HARBOR – One loop of a walking trail at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area has been closed to protect a bald eagle nest, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

A pair of bald eagles has built a nest behind the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. The trail will be closed until further notice to eliminate human activity near the nest and provide the birds with a better chance of nesting success.

Bass-fishing rules amended

COLUMBUS – New statewide and specific-site bass-fishing regulations are in effect for this license year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Statewide, a new 12-inch minimum length has been implemented on all public waters for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass where there are no other special regulations. The daily limit of five fish remains in effect for black bass – singly or in combination.

Some reservoirs that previously had special regulations were changed to the new statewide 12-inch length limit. The 12-15 inch slot length limit was removed from Timbre Ridge Lake, and 15-inch minimum length limits were removed from Caesar Creek Lake (Warren, Clinton and Greene counties); Kenton Lake (Gallia County); Lake Milton, including the Mahoning River connecting Berlin Lake and Lake Milton (Mahoning County); Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County); Monroe Lake (Monroe County); Monroeville Reservoir (Huron County); Pike Lake (Pike County); and Sippo Lake (Stark County).

Two new regulations have been incorporated to increase size and number of bass, including a reduced number of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass anglers may keep per day and split daily limits, where anglers may only keep a specified number of fish of a certain length.

Visit for details.

State to release rainbow trout

COLUMBUS – More than 98,000 rainbow trout will be released this spring at 63 public lakes and ponds, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Rainbow trout are raised at state fish hatcheries and are 10-13 inches before they are released. The daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout.

Area releases are to take place at Van Wert Reservoir 1, Van Wert County, March 22; White Star Quarry, Sandusky County, March 28; Norwalk Reservoir 1, Huron County, March 28; Shelby Reservoir 3, Richland County, April 4; Crossroads Industrial Ponds, Crawford County, April 5; and Lima Lake, Allen County, April 11.

Some locations feature special events, including youth-only fishing, on the day of the scheduled release.

Contact the nearest wildlife district office, visit or call (800) WILDLIFE.

Mining bill OK’d in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a mining bill, completing a two-year push to help a company dig an iron mine near Lake Superior.

The Assembly passed the measure 58-39 Thursday. Republican Gov. Scott Walker has promised to sign it into law.

Gogebic Taconite has refused to move forward with its plans for an open-pit mine in the Penokee Hills until legislators ease the regulatory path.

The bill dramatically reworks Wisconsin’s mining rules.